Keeping in tune with the Chief Minister Nara Chandrababu Naidu’s tech-savvy nature, the Andhra Pradesh state budget 2016 was presented in a complete e-format. with budgetary proposals presented to the State Legislators in tablet PCs. The tablet PCs were loaded with the Budget proposals, the Socio-Economic Survey 2015-2016, and other related documents. Journalists and social-media representatives were given the same on an 8-GB pen drive.

“I am happy to inform the House that the Budget for 2016-17 is unique on several counts. First and foremost, it’s an e-Budget with all documents being made available in easily readable format on a Tablet that you can carry anywhere and refer to at any time,” the Finance Minister Yanamala Ramakrishnudu said in his speech. “It was also a “truly decentralized” Budget as each of the 20,800 drawing and disbursing officers (DDO) in the state prepared the proposals for the unit under their control,” he added. “This is a genuinely outcome-focused Budget with unwavering focus on performance and outcomes rather than the traditional input-based Budget. It is also a demand-driven Budget based on the needs of the grassroots and expectations of the people. We have obtained inputs from the public and incorporated them suitably,” he told the Assembly.

Utmost importance has been given to general welfare and agriculture in 2016-17. The government placed much importance on various welfare schemes launched to uplift the poor and the downtrodden. Andhra Pradesh, being an agrarian state with 60% population depending on Agriculture and allied sectors, the state government has allocated a lion’s share for its development; with Rs. 16,250 Crores for Agriculture and Rs. 3000 Crores for free power to the farmers.

Additionally, ₹1,500 crore has been allotted for development of the Greenfield capital city of Amaravati towards seed equity of the State government. This equity contribution would enable the Capital Region Development Authority to mobilise additional resources required for the construction of the capital from the infrastructure financing institutions and the markets. This would be in addition to the assistance from the Centre for capital city works.

The Finance Minister hoped the Centre would provide ₹3,500 crore for the construction of Polavaram and ₹1,000 crore for Amaravati.

Highlights of Andhra Pradesh State Budget 2016:

Welfare Allocations:

* Rs. 1000 crores allocated to Kapu Corporation
* Rs. 65 crores allocated to Brahmin Corporation
* Rs. 8832 crores allocated for BC welfare
* Rs. 3231 crores allocated for SC welfare, and Rs. 3100 crores for ST welfare

Agriculture Allocations:

* Rs. 5094 crores allocated for Employment Guarantee Scheme
* Rs. 102 crores for Rythu Bazaars and introduction of modern equipment
* Rs. 369 crores for Sprinkler Irrigation
* Rs. 177 crores for Interest-free Loans
* Rs. 344 crores for weather dependent insurance
* Rs. 674 Crores have been allocated for development of Minor Irrigation

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