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Govt spending only 60% of allocations since three years: Kishan

BJP floor leader in Telangana Assembly G Kishan Reddy has said in the House that except figures there were no facts in the State budget.

Participating in the debate of the budget, the BJP member said only 60 to 70 per cent budget allocations were being spent by the government in the last two budgets. By giving attractive figures, the government was trying to mislead the members in the Assembly, he alleged.

Kishan Reddy said though it was the moral responsibility of the government to control liquor sales in the State, it was contemplating to raise Rs 19,000 crore revenue from liquor sales, he said and alleged that due to wrong liquor policy, the people were getting habituated to consuming liquor.

Condemning the borrowings by the State government, the BJP leader said the State which was revenue surplus has become a debt-ridden State due to indiscriminate borrowing. Every year the government has to repay Rs 15,700 crore and from where it would get funds for construction of double bed room houses and Mission Bhageeratha, he asked.

 

The BJP leader also asked the government when it will fulfill its election promises. The people are questioning their MLAs about the double bed room houses wherever they come across their public representatives. The government should give details as how many houses were constructed during the last three years and what happened to withdrawal of electricity surcharge, Kishan Reddy questioned.

Countering Kishan Reddy’s comments on debt, Finance Minister Etala Rajender said the government would take loans under the limits of Fiscal Responsibility and Budget Management Act. The lenders would offer loans only after making a thorough assessment of repayment, he said. “We have to take loans for development. Loans are being taken for the people”, the Finance Minister said.

Kishan Reddy said the scheme introduced by the State government on sheep rearing received funds from the Centre, he said, adding that the allocations made by Telangana government to Education and Health are low compared to other States, Reddy. (NSS)