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Telangana Budget 2021 Highlights: Telangana Finance Minister T Harish Rao presents state budget

Telangana Budget 2021-22 Highlights: The budget session, which began on March 15 will conclude on March 26.

By: Express Web Desk | Chennai, Hyderabad |
Updated: March 19, 2021 9:13:03 am
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Telangana Budget 2021 Highlights: Telangana Finance Minister T Harish Rao began presenting the state budget at 11.30 am Thursday. The state cabinet, presided over by chief minister K. Chandrasekhar Rao, met on Wednesday evening at the CM’s camp office Pragathi Bahavan and approved the state budget for the year 2021-22 to be presented to the assembly on Thursday.

The budget session of Telangana Assembly and Council began on March 15 with Governor Tamilisai Soundararajan’s address. Vote of Thanks to the Governor’s address was proposed on March 17. A general discussion on the budget and question hour is scheduled for March 20 and 23. The session will conclude on March 26.

Earlier, the Chief Minister’s Office suggested a ‘promising budget’ this year. In a statement from the CMO on March 6, CM K Chandrasekhar Rao was quoted as saying that the state incurred a loss of Rs 50,000 crore due to the COVID-19 pandemic and its impact has risen to Rs 1 lakh crore.

The CM, however, pointed out that the state’s economy has revived and the income has increased in various forms in the post-COVID lockdown period. He then hinted at the possibility of more allocations in the coming Budget compared to the last financial year Budget.

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18:03 (IST)18 Mar 2021
AIADMK files complaint against DMK's Senthil Balaji over 'river sand' comment

The ruling AIADMK on Thursday lodged a complaint with the Chief Electoral Officer against main opposition DMK's Senthil Balaji for allegedly threatening government officials during his campaign days ago. Balaji, DMK's Karur constituency candidate, while addressing a gathering on March 17 made the intimidating comment, the ruling party alleged in its complaint filed with Tamil Nadu CEO Satyabrata Sahoo.

He told people no official would prevent them from loading sand onto their bullock carts from river banks after party chief M K Stalin assumed office as Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu, the AIADMK alleged. Balaji said in case of them being prevented, they may call him over phone and the officer would not continue in his position, the AIADMK said in its complaint.

Producing Tamil extracts of Balaji's address which was also aired by television channels, the ruling party sought registration of a criminal case against him.

As per an order of the Madras High Court, barring permitted areas, no one had a right to transport and sell river sand without permission from authorities, the AIADMK said. Hence, Balaji's speech was a 'contempt' of court, violated poll rules, misled the general public, disrespected government servants and 'threatening' government officials, the AIADMK alleged and urged registration of a case against him.

R M Babu Murugavel, AIADMK advocate's wing joint secretary, said Sahoo has assured to look into the complaint and take appropriate action. (PTI)

17:07 (IST)18 Mar 2021
Elephant hit by train on TN-Kerala border dead

A 25-year old elephant hit by an express train on the Tamil Nadu-Kerala Border succumbed to the injuries, Forest department sources said on Thursday. 

The death of the pachyderm on Wednesday night took the number number of elephants which have died so far this year to five in the district, the sources said.

The elephant, which was moving on the railway track in Pudupathi village was hit from behind by the Thiruvanthapuram-Chennai Express train at 1.30 am on Monday last, suffered multiple injuries and was under treatment at the Chadivayal elephant camp. 

The pachyderm's condition worsened on Wednesday evening and it died around 10.20 pm, Forest department sources said. (PTI)

16:16 (IST)18 Mar 2021
Puducherry ex-CM V Narayanasamy gets the axe, won’t contest election

A day after the Congress announced 14 out its 15 candidates for the elections in Puducherry, the party Wednesday said former Chief Minister V Narayanasamy will not be contesting the polls, prompting many to conclude that the high command was upset with Narayanasamy.

Narayanasamy was Chief Minister till last month. He tendered his resignation on February 22 after a Motion of Confidence was defeated in the Assembly. The floor test was called by L-G Tamilisai Soundararajan following a spate of resignations by Congress MLAs.

Congress’s decision not to field Narayanasamy has surprised many, given the fact that party leaders had been arguing there was a sympathy factor in his favour over the way his government was “toppled”. Several leaders had said the party was banking on the sympathy factor. They had also been claiming that there was anger against the BJP-led central government in the UT over the way former L G Kiran Bedi had functioned.

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16:15 (IST)18 Mar 2021
IT raids on party functionary: Will respond after getting details, says MNM chief Kamal Haasan

Makkal Needhi Maiam chief Kamal Haasan said on Thursday that the income tax raids on the premises of a party functionary in Tirupur could be politically motivated.

The actor-politician said he will respond after receiving the details from the department.

"Maybe. Let them give the details, then we will respond," Haasan told reporters when asked if the raids on Wednesday were politically motivated or for exerting pressure.

The party manifesto will be released very soon, he added. (PTI)

15:36 (IST)18 Mar 2021
Why is Captain Vijayakanth’s wife Premalatha contesting from Virudhachalam constituency?

Following Captain Vijayakanth-led DMDK’s exit from the AIADMK alliance, and the party’s decision to join hands with T T V Dhinakaran’s AMMK, Vijayakanth’s wife Premalatha has announced her candidature from the Virudhachalam seat. In 2006, while contesting polls for the first time, Vijayakanth had won the seat.

With the DMDK chief unable to contest polls or lead campaigns due to poor health, Virudhachalam and Panruti were the two options before Premalatha to contest polls, and she opted for the former. Her decision is said to be based on two factors. First was her familiarity with the constituency which had elected Vijayakanth in the past. In fact, Premalatha had been quite active during Vijayakanth’s campaigns in the region. According to DMDK leaders, she would participate in door-to-door campaigns and was quite familiar with the villages and community heads of the area.

Secondly, although Virudhachalam is a traditional OBC-Vanniyar bastion which largely supports the Vanniyar-based Pattali Makkal Katchi (PMK) party, Premalatha, who belongs to the Telugu Naidu community, is targeting the non-Vanniyar and minority votes in the region. It is also an opportunity for the DMDK to fight its rival, the PMK, a party that was blamed for their exit from the AIADMK alliance.

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14:51 (IST)18 Mar 2021
TN Chief Secretary directs officials to increase RT-PCR test

Amid rising COVID-19 cases in Tamil Nadu, state Chief Secretary Rajeev Ranjan has issued direction to officials to increase the RT-PCR tests. Mini clinics, primary health centres, and temporary hospitals with all medical facilities will be set up in more numbers.

Tamil Nadu had recorded 945 positive cases of COVID-19 on Wednesday, bringing the state tally to 8,62,374. The state recorded eight deaths on Wednesday, putting the state toll at 12,564. Seven of them had succumbed due to comorbidities.

14:10 (IST)18 Mar 2021
Telangana adds 278 fresh COVID-19 cases, 3 deaths

Telangana continued to witness a steady rise in COVID-19 cases with 278 new infections being reported on Wednesday, pushing the tally to 3,02,047, while the death toll rose to 1,662 with three more fatalities, the state government said on Thursday.

The Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC) accounted for the most number of cases with 35, followed by Adilabad and Nirmal districts with 28 and 24 cases respectively, it said in a bulletin.

The state saw a marginal spike in cases during this week with a large number of cases being reported from a few schools in the state. The bulletin said 111 patients recovered from the infection on March 17. The cumulative recovered cases stood at 2,98,120, while 2,265 were under treatment.  

The bulletin said 59,905 samples were tested on March 17. Cumulatively, the number of samples tested was 94,19,677. The samples tested per million population was 2,53,081, it said.

The recovery rate in the state was 98.69 per cent while the case fatality rate in the state was 0.55 per cent. (PTI)

13:42 (IST)18 Mar 2021
AIADMK MLA left red-faced as Madurai villagers welcome him with poor quality rice

AIADMK MLA K Manickam was in for an unpleasant surprise when he arrived to campaign for the assembly elections at Thandalai village that falls in his constituency of Sholavandan in Madurai district in Tamil Nadu.

Over 50 women and children stood before the MLA and held plates filled with rice grains and took his aarti — a ritual held to welcome guests. The rice, which the women said they had bought from the public distribution shops in their area, was yellow and black in colour indicating that they were of poor quality.

The AIADMK workers accompanying the MLA were taken aback at this unexpected event and attempted to pacify the women.

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13:12 (IST)18 Mar 2021
House adjourned, to meet again on Saturday

Following the conclusion of the Telangana budget speech, the House has been adjourned. The House will meet again at 10 am on Saturday.

13:11 (IST)18 Mar 2021
Rao concludes budget speech

Concluding his budget speech which was 1 hour and 40 minutes long, Telangana Finance Minister T Harish Rao thanked Ministers and the staff of Commercial Taxes, Excise, Registration & Stamps, Transport and Mines Department for ensuring that the revenues of the State have not fallen even during the crisis created by corona.

13:10 (IST)18 Mar 2021
Total expenditure proposed at Rs.2,30,825.96 crore and revenue at Rs.1,69,383.44 crore

"In the financial year 2021-22, I am proposing total expenditure of Rs.2,30,825.96 crore. Of this, revenue expenditure is Rs.1,69,383.44 crore and capital expenditure is Rs.29,046.77 crore. Revenue surplus in the Budget is estimated at Rs.6,743.50 crore and the estimated fiscal deficit is Rs. 45,509.60 crore", said T Harish Rao on the 2021-22 Budget estimates

13:08 (IST)18 Mar 2021
Rs. 610 allocated for construction of new Secretariat

Towards the construction of Police Command Control Centre in Hyderabad city, to be completed shortly, an amount of Rs.725 crore is proposed in this Budget. 

The FM proposed an amount of Rs 610 crore for the construction of the New Secretariat in Budget Estimates 2021-22.

For the repairs of roads affected by floods and for regular maintenance, an amount of Rs.800 crore is proposed for R&B roads. The amount proposed for Panchayat Raj roads is Rs.300 crore. 

Administrative sanction has been accorded for 21 new ROBs and RUBs. For this, an amount of Rs.400 crore is proposed. 

An amount of Rs.8,788 crore is proposed in Budget Estimates 2021-22 for Roads and Building department.

13:03 (IST)18 Mar 2021
Rs. 1276 crore allocated to the Forest Department


"Since 2015, restoration of forests in 9.65 lakhs acres has been done. In the coming years, it is targeted to restore 10.5 lakh acres of forest land. Under the Haritha Haram programme conducted in four phases so far, 211 crore saplings have been planted from 2015 onwards. As per the Forest Survey of India, a Central Government institute, the greenery has increased by 3.67% since the formation of Telangana. An amount of Rs.1276 crore is proposed in Budget Estimates 2021-22 for Forest Department", said Telangana Finance Minister T Harish Rao.

12:55 (IST)18 Mar 2021
Government spent crores od rupees to mitigate effect of COVID-19 in state and aid those affected: Rao

Speaking about the measures taken by the state to fight the coronavirus, T Harish Rao gave details of the amount spent.

A sum of Rs 1178.28 crore was spent for isolation centres, medicines, beds, food and other necessities. 

Rs.1,500 was provided as assistance to each family having a ration card for two months. This amount was transferred directly into their accounts. The government spent Rs.2,455 crore for this purpose. The government, he said, has taken utmost care of them. 

As many as 6.47 lakh migrant workers were given Rs.500 each along with 5 kg of rice. The amount spent for this is Rs.107 crore. 

Arrangements were made to transport 2,01,213 migrant workers to their native 
places in 151 special trains. An amount of Rs.17 crore was spent by the State Government for the transportation of migrant labourers. 

The Government provided an incentive of Rs.235.36 crore to the police, doctors and sanitation workers who were in the forefront of fighting corona tirelessly. 

The Government even provided financial assistance to journalists affected by Corona. 

An amount of Rs.25 crore was provided to advocates during Corona time.

12:48 (IST)18 Mar 2021
Rs. 720 crore allocated towards development of temples and welfare of temple staff

A total amount of Rs.720 crore is proposed for the development of Temples, welfare of archakas and temple staff in Budget Estimates 2021-22.

12:41 (IST)18 Mar 2021
Rs 726 crore for Tourism and Cultural sector

Telangana Finance Minister T Harish Rao said that an amount of Rs.726 crore is proposed in Budget Estimates 2021-22 for the Tourism and Cultural sector.

12:39 (IST)18 Mar 2021
Rs. 2363 for Civil Supplies Department

"An amount of Rs. 2,363 crore is proposed in Budget Estimates 2021-22 for Civil Supplies Department. Today 2,79,65,218 people are getting 6 kgs of ration rice per month in the State", said Harish Rao.

12:39 (IST)18 Mar 2021
Rs. 1276 crore for Forest Department, Rs. 3000 crore for RTC

# Rs. 3,000 crore to the RTC 

# Rs. 8,788 crore for Roads and Building department

# Rs. 1276 crore for Forest Department

# Rs. 720 crore for the development of Temples, welfare of archakas and temple staff 

# Rs. 750 crore for land acquisition required for Regional Ring Road

12:37 (IST)18 Mar 2021
Rs. 100 crore for developing civil aviation facilities in Telangana

With an objective to develop civil aviation facilities in the state, the Government intends to construct airstrips in the secondtier cities in the state. An amount of Rs. 100 crore is proposed in this budget for this purpose, says the FM.

12:35 (IST)18 Mar 2021
Rs. 360 crore for IT sector

"While the national average annual growth of IT exports is only 8.09 per cent, the average growth of exports from our State is 17.93 per cent. An amount of Rs. 360 crore is proposed in Budget Estimates 2021-22 for IT Sector", said Harish Rao.

Hari Nadar Hari Nadar (Express photo)

As Tamil Nadu Assembly elections approach, candidates have been lining up to file their nominations, and some have attracted attention for the assets they have declared. One such candidate is Hari Nadar, an Independent fighting from Alangulam in Tirunelveli district, who has declared he owns gold worth Rs 4.73 crore.

READ | Tamil Nadu Assembly polls: Independent candidate Hari Nadar owns more than 11,000 grams of gold

Another high-intensity battle is on the cards in Telangana as the Election Commission of India Tuesday announced a byelection to the Nagarjuna Sagar assembly constituency to be held on April 17. The election was necessitated due to the sudden demise of sitting MLA Nomula Narsimhaiah on December 1 last year.

READ | Telangana: Nagarjuna Sagar Assembly bypoll on April 17

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