Hyderabad: The Minister for Finance, Mr Anam Ramnarayana Reddy on Friday expressed strong displeasure over the fate befallen on him of giving reply to the discussion on the Budget, without participation of opposition parties in it.
Amid protest by the TDP legislators from Seemandhra region, the Finance Minister formally completed his reply within a few minutes.
Though the Lok Satta member had shown interest to participate in the discussion, the Semandhra members allowed him to speak only a couple of minutes. Noisy sciences have taken place in the house when the Seemandhra TDP members gathered at the podium of the speaker and raised slogans of jai Samaikya Andhra, and against the division of the State. On one side, the house was echoed with the slogans of the Seemandhra TDP MLAs, and on the other side the Government has shown its firmness to complete the Finance Minister’s reply today at any circumstances.
Amidst the slogans by the seemandhra TDP members, the Finance Minister, replying on the budget, said that it was first time for him to present the budget in the Legislative Assembly and expected suggestions from the opposition members for the well being of the state as well as the people. The opposition members did not participate in the discussion on the budget. Moreover, they were also preventing the interested members also, he regretted.
“Maintaining balance between the development and welfare sectors, the Government would take the State on development path. It was also working to achieve Harithandra Pradesh, which was the dream of late Y S Rajasekhara Reddy”, the Minister maintained.
Mr Ramnarayana Reddy made it clear that financial resources would be mobilized for welfare schemes and development projects even though there were some problems. He reminded that welfare and development sectors got lions share in the budget. Andhra Pradesh stood as a model in economic discipline in the Country, he claimed. He stated that the increase in tax collections has come down from 15.58 percent in 2008-09 to 5.45 percent in 2009-10 due to impact of economic melt-down. It was expected to achieve 19.44 percent increase in the tax collection in the FY 2011-12. Similarly, the estimated non-tax revenue was Rs 12,339 crores, he added.
Coming down heavily on the Opposition leader, Mr Nara Chandrababu Naidu, the Finance Minister felt that it was unfortunate that Mr Naidu had not come forward to say a single word on the Rs 1,28,542 Crore budget. It was nothing but the main opposition escaping from its responsibilities, he deplored.
Strongly criticizing the ‘two eyes strategy” of Mr Naidu on Telangana Statehood issue, the Finance Minister questioned as in which eye Mr Naidu was thinking in the present situation in the state. He alleged that Mr Naidu has closed his two-eyes and not fulfilling his responsibility on the welfare of the State. (NSS)