Key Areas Telangana Budget: The state government has accorded priority to the newly-conceived four irrigation projects – Palamuru-Rangareddy, Kaleshwaram lift, Sitarama and Bhakta Ramadasu irrigation projects.
Out of the proposed outlay of Rs 25,000 crore for irrigation sector, Rs 2,000 crore will go to Mission Kakatiya. Of the remaining Rs 23,000 crore, the four newly-conceived projects will get a major chunk of Rs 15,300 crore.
In the wake of the MoU with Maharashtra, the path has been cleared for taking up projects at Medigadda on river Godavari, Tummadi Hatti on the Pranahita, Rajapet, Chanaka-Korata and Pimprad on the Penganga. The Palamuru lift irrigation scheme will cover southern Telangana and Kaleswaram northern Telangana.
Adilabad district will receive irrigation water from the Pranahita project while the Sri Sitarama and Bhakta Ramadasu projects will provide irrigation facilities to Khammam district. Efforts are on to complete the ongoing major and medium projects expeditiously.
Key Areas Telangana Budget
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Finance minister E Rajender assured that by 2017-18, 100 per cent crop loan waiver would be achieved. Farm loan waiver amounting to Rs 17,000 crore is being implemented. Out of the four instalments, two instalments of waiver amount have been deposited into bank accounts. The third instalment will be released in 2016-17. An unprecedented amount of Rs 25,000 crore has been proposed for the irrigation sector in the 2016-17 budget with the ultimate objective of providing irrigation water to every acre of cultivated land in the state and making agriculture in the state totally drought-proof.
Crop colonies for paddy, maize, pulses and oil seeds, encouraging greenhouse cultivation, developing post-harvest and marketing facilities have been taken up in the budget. The government proposed to cover 600 SC and ST farmers under polyhouse cultivation in 2016-17 with 100 per cent subsidy. Plans have already been formulated to provide soil health cards to farmers next year to facilitate judicious use of chemical fertilisers and to improve soil productivity.
Medical & Health
Giving due importance to the medical and health sector, Rajender said the government is of the firm conviction that development is not mere growth of GSDP. Renowned economist and Nobel laureate Amartya Sen once remarked that though India stands at second place in terms of growth rate, its position in Human Development Index (HDI) is 138. Provision of better education and health facilities is the only means to bridge the gap between the growth rate and the HDI, the minister said.
As part of rejuvenation and modernisation of government health care system, a substantial increase in the provision for the health sector has been proposed in the budget. A provision of Rs 600 crore for replacement/purchase of equipment, Rs 316 crore for diagnostic equipment, replacement of old beds and carrying out repairs to civil works has been proposed. A substantial increase in the provision for the purchase of drugs, surgical and disposals has been proposed from Rs 117 crore in 2015-16 to Rs 225 crore in 2016-17. An amount of Rs 56 crore is proposed to be provided to the three heads of departments to meet emergent needs. Suitable powers are proposed to be delegated to superintendents of hospitals.
On the welfare front, the FM said the development which is not inclusive is not sustainable. Therefore, the government is focusing more and more on welfare schemes and has emerged as one of the leading welfare States in the country. In the Budget 2016-17, an amount of Rs 13,412 crore is proposed for the welfare programmes.
After the report of the commission of inquiry, government will examine the recommendations with regard to measures needed to improve social economic conditions of tribals and the feasibility of including Valmiki Boya and Khaithi Lambada communities in the ST category.
Apart from the reimbursement of tuition fee for BCs, free coaching is being provided at 10 BC Study Circles for BC students. The government will sanction 70 new English-medium residential schools for minorities and these schools will become operational in 2016-17.
Rajender announced that there would never be power cuts in future. Within the next three years, the government aims to achieve a power-generating capacity of 23,912 MW.
He declared that the government made an unwavering commitment to provide nine hours of power supply for agriculture from the next Khariff season. A MoU has been signed with BHEL for establishment of 6,000 MW capacity thermal power plants at various locations in TS on EPC basis.