BJP MLAs of Telangana walked to the Assembly carrying lanterns to underline the worsening power crisis in the state as Finance Minister Etala Rajender presented the new state’s maiden budget today.
The five BJP MLAs including G Kishan Reddy, Telangana Unit chief, walked from the junction near the Assembly complex carrying lanterns, and placards highlighting the plight of farmers who were committing suicide due to lack of power and water. When they tried to enter the Assembly building they were stopped by security guards who refused them entry if they carried the lanterns.
The Finance Minister presented a budget with a total expenditure of 100637 crores for ten months. Rajender said that suggestions were sought from people from across the state right from the village level and the government tried to address the concerns of everyone. Non-plan expenditure is Rs 51,989 crores and plan expenditure is Rs 48,648 crores while the fiscal deficit is pegged at Rs 17,398 crores.
Presenting the budget, the minister said: “We suffered many insults in this very House during previous governments. Telangana was refused even one rupee. Today we are able to present our own budget for the welfare of Telangana state.”
Rs 2,282 crore allocated for medical and health sector and a medical university would be set up at Warangal. To improve facilities and enhance the station of education, Rs 10956 crore has been allocated. Rs 2228 crore would be allocated for BC welfare and Rs 1030 crore for minority welfare. Rs 50 crore allocated for making Telangana as the seed bank of the nation.
The government will repair and develop 45000 minor tanks and reservoirs in the next five years while Rs 2000 crore allocated to improve and rejuvenate 9000 water reservoirs and tanks this year. Four lift irrigation schemes would be completed this year in Mahabubnagar and a total of Rs 6500 crore would be allocated for this. The Hyderabad Metro Rail project, the power and water crisis are also expected to be addressed in the budget.