‘Baahubali’ Got More Money: KTR on Budget Allocation to Telangana

Telangana IT Minister KT Rama Rao on Wednesday, 7 February, hit back at the Centre for not honouring its commitments and said that the state had got a 'raw deal' from New Delhi.

KTR is all set to travel to Delhi on Thursday, to extract funds from the Centre. Highlighting the 'injustice' to Telangana, the minister remarked:

"The Union Budget is not understandable. We sought around Rs 50,000 crore for various schemes. But, the allocations did not even match the collections of Baahubali." -

The Telangana minister also said the Centre did not honour the commitments made to the state during bifurcation.

Last week, Telangana had been hoping for several allocations from the Centre, but was left disappointed, as the state was barely mentioned in Finance Minister Arun Jaitley’s speech.

The state government had demanded budgetary allocations for Mission Bhagiratha and Mission Kakatiya, as recommended by the Niti Ayog.

"No one in India can understand whose purpose this Union Budget serves. NDA allies like the TDP are openly fighting against the Budget in Parliament. The amount of love the BJP has shown towards Telangana in the Budget will be returned to the BJP equally by Telangana voters in the 2019 elections." - KT Rama Rao, Telangana IT Minister

Besides funds for the Kaleshwaram irrigation project, there was also a request to consider granting it a 'national project' status, something which neighbouring Andhra Pradesh already has, for its Polavaram irrigation project.

There was also the long pending issue of an All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) that is due to be set up in Telangana.

While there were no specific allocations made to Telangana, the Centre said that Rs 440.51 crore was allocated for drinking water projects, to provide safe drinking water to arsenic and fluoride affected habitations in the next four years.

Telangana was also allocated Rs 75 crore for the IIT in Hyderabad and Rs 10 crore for a tribal university.

(This article was originally published on The News Minute and has been republished here with permission.)

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