Sanjay ridicules State annual budget

State BJP president Bandi Sanjay Kumar

Hyderabad, Feb.6 (NSS): State BJP president Bandi Sanjay Kumar on Monday described the State annual budge for 2023-24 presented by Finance Minister T Harish Rao as election-oriented with empty promises and hollow rhetoric.

In a statement, Sanjay said the Finance Minister had confined himself to self-boasting and Centre-bashing. It ignored all sections of people, including SCs, STs, BCs and EBCs. “It was a big disappointment for the people, who were expecting that the K Chandrasekhar Rao government would implement his pre-election promises at least during the election year,” he added.

Stating that there was absolutely no match between what is allocated in the budget and what is spent, the BJP leader said in the outgoing budget, not even 50 per cent of the allocations were spent. “Now, the finance minister presents a huge outlay in the budget only to hoodwink the people,” he said.

Sanjay pointed out that if the government had to waive crop loans up to Rs 1 lakh, it should allocate Rs 19,700 crore; but it made an allocation of only Rs 6,285 crore. With regard to the much-hyped Dalit Bandhu, the government had not spent much on the scheme last year, though it had allocated Rs 17,700 crore. “This year, too, the government made a similar allocation. If the scheme has to be implemented benefiting all Dalits in the State, it would not be possible even in another 100 years. This is nothing but cheating the entire Dalit community,” he added.

Similarly, the allocations made for STs and OBCs were too meagre, compared to their population. So was the case with the allocations to education and health sector, which would result in heavy burden on the common man, he said.

Sanjay said the allocations made for irrigation and power sectors were not sufficient even to repay the borrowings and salaries of the employees. “For instance, the government allocated Rs 12,000 crore to power sector, which is not enough to clear the pending dues of the government departments to the distribution companies, which are facing huge losses to the extent of Rs 60,000 crore,” he said.

Finding fault with the state government for criticising the Centre for not releasing funds to the state, the BJP president said many of the schemes mentioned in the budget document were central-funded. He described it as joke the promise made by the finance minister about regularisation of contract employees.

“While the budget outlay was projected at Rs 2.90 lakh crore, the government had projected the revenue receipts as only Rs 1.31 lakh crore. It is shameful on the part of the government not to show how it wants to mobilise Rs 1.60 lakh crore. In fact, the Central government itself will be paying Rs 62,000 crore through tax devolutions and grants. And it appears the state governments wants to mobilise the remaining money through sale of government lands and additional borrowings,” Sanjay criticised.

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