While the rest of the country might be rejoicing with various things about the Budget 2016; Andhra Pradesh sure is very disappointed. For starters; the Vizag Metro project has been allotted Rs. 3 lakhs. As to how Rs. 3 Lakhs can afford something more than an Alto car is something that is very difficult to understand. Just one advertisement about the metro will cost more than what the center has allotted to it.
Reportedly, the state government requested a total of Rs. 1.8 lakh crore; of which only Rs. 24,000 crore was allotted to the state.
In fact, the Rs. 12,000 crore deficit caused by the state bifurcation has also not been addressed; as AP Finance Minister Yanamala Ramakrishnudu says, “We still have to get Rs 12,000 crore from the Centre for bridging the revenue deficit caused by the state’s bifurcation. No allocation has been made for this.”
And surprisingly enough, the Polavaram Project, which had been accorded national project status by the central government, was only allotted Rs. 100 crore. The state government had reportedly requested Rs. 4000 crore for the mega project.
Rs. 4000 crore was also requested by the state government for the development of Amaravati but not a single rupee was allotted for it.
The only small consolation that the state received is the Rs. 106 crore allotted for Vijayawada Metro rail; though the required amount is Rs. 2000 crore.
Education sector in the state also received a raw deal as premier institutions in the state were allotted peanuts. Overall, institutions like IIT Tirupati, IIM Vizag, NIT Tadepalligudem, IISCR Tirupati; which require more than Rs. 3500 crore; were allotted Rs. 200 crore in all. In fact, the Central University has been allotted Rs. 1 crore. We wonder if the Central Finance Minister Arun Jaitley knows Rs. 1 crore is the cost of one SEAT in many private colleges.
In addition to all this, the basic promises made to the state like the allocation of a ‘special status’ to the state were also not fulfilled in the Budget 2016.
We wonder what it takes for the Finance Minister to take all these things into consideration and allocate everything properly…