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Opposition BJP takes on TRS govt over poll promises

Press Trust of India  |  Hyderabad 

The opposition today alleged that the in has done precious little for the implementation of its promises in almost three years since it came to power.

The has not taken concrete steps for the implementation of promises, like two bedroom houses for poor, three acres of land each for Dalits, and setting up hospitals in the headquarters of Assembly constituencies and mandals, BJP's floor leader G Kishan Reddy alleged.

"Three years are over. How many houses have been completed. Every is being questioned by people on the two bedroom houses (promised for the poor people)," said Reddy, who initiated a debate on the state budget for 2017-18 in the Legislative Assembly.

Alleging that the made tall claims about the budget, he said, "People think that the showed big numbers about growth and revenues to get more loans."

He said the public debt would rise to about Rs 1.40 lakh crore in 2017-18 as per government's own projections.

Countering Reddy's comments on debt, state Finance Minister E Rajender said the 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.

Wondering how the development activities can be implemented without funds, he said, "We have to take loans for development. Loans are being taken for the people."

The leader also criticised the for allegedly not regularising the services of contract employees, owing dues to employees and also for not releasing funds for students' tuition fees reimbursement scheme.

The scheme introduced by the state on sheep rearing received funds from the Centre, he said.

The allocations made by to education and health are low compared to other states, Reddy said.

Stressing that the has increased the salaries of 'anganwadi' workers and others, the Finance Minister said the leader can help the state by securing substantial financial assistance from the Centre for the implementation of different schemes.

The had on March 13 presented a welfare-oriented, tax-free budget for 2017-18, focusing on irrigation and reviving traditional occupations of the backward classes, with a proposed expenditure of nearly Rs 1.50 lakh crore.

The led by the Rashtra Samiti (TRS) came to power in the state in June 2014.

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First Published: Wed, March 15 2017. 16:13 IST