Former Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh Chandrababu Naidu criticised the state government for insufficient allocation of funds for the development of the capital city Amravati.
In a series of tweets, Naidu, who is also the leader of opposition in the assembly slammed Chief Minister Y S Jagan Mohan Reddy for a meagre allocation of Rs 500 crore for Amaravati in the state budget for 2019-20.
“There must be a guarantee of implementation. The YCP government does not have that”, Naidu said, while wondering “how worse the coming days of Mr Jagan’s rule will be.”
The state Finance Minister Buggana Rajendranath presented the maiden budget of YSRCP government on July 12.
Soon after taking reigns in the state, Jagan had alleged in May that there was a big land scam in the new state capital and alleged that Naidu had resorted to “insider trading”.
Jagan while terming the land deal as a sensational scam, said the lands of Naidu and his “benamis” were also exempted from land pooling.
“When you give a word you should be capable to fulfil it. YSRCP government neither has the capability nor the sincerity,” Naidu said in reference to restrictions announced for implementation of Amma Vodi scheme.
As per the scheme, every mother who sends her child to school will get financial assistance of Rs. 15,000 annually. Mothers of children studying up to Intermediate classes are eligible for the scheme.
Almost 9 welfare schemes are named after late Chief Minister of the combined state Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy, in the budget.
Naidu also slammed Jagan for no allocation for unemployed in the budget.
“Why there is nothing for unemployed in this budget. Mr Jagan should tell what will he give to 1.72 crores unemployed,” said Naidu while mentioning about the unemployment allowance to 5 lakh people given during his rule.
Naidu also said that while in opposition, Jagan had said the state has 1.72 crores unemployed and asked what will happen to them now.
In the budget, the liabilities of the state increased to Rs 2,23,706 crore by the end of the financial year 2017-18 as against Rs 1,48,744 crore in the fiscal year 2014-15.
Revenue Expenditure and Capital Expenditure are estimated to be 20.03 per cent each.
While Revenue Expenditure for 2019-20 is estimated to be about Rs 1,80,369.33 crore and Capital Expenditure is estimated to be Rs 29,596.33 crores.
The government will also provide ex-gratia of Rs. 7 lakh to the kin of farmer, who committed suicide. On similar lines, Rs. 10 lakh will be provided to the kin of fisherman family.