Hyderabad: The CPI(M) member, Mr Ch. Sitramulu, has said that the budgetary allocations were just imaginary and unrealistic.
Participating in the debate on the State budget in the Legislative Council on Saturday, he said looking at the allocations, he was getting doubts about the completion of the Jalayagnam projects. Reminding the government that it stated in the last budget that 43 projects were prioritized, he has questioned how many of them were completed. He said the government was failing to spend even the paltry amounts being allocated to different projects. He said while Rs 419 crores as allocated in the last budget for the SLBC project, only Rs 273 crores was spent. He wondered how much of the Rs 400 crores would be spent this year.
Referring to the allocations to the Roads and Buildings department, he said while authorities have asked for Rs 5,000 crores, only Rs 4,108 crores was allocated. He said that allocations for Indiramma Housing programme were also paltry and even in the amounts sanctioned only 50 per cent were spent.
Reminding that the government had promised to provide employment to 25 lakh people, he said that only 66,000 were provided with jobs. He said that though handloom weavers were committing suicides, the government had allocated only Rs 312 crores, which he said was highly insufficient. On the power sector, he said that farmers were not being provided power for at least seven hours though the promise was for supply for nine hours. He has urged the government to allocate funds to the Muslim minorities, SCs, STs and BCs as per the percentage of their population. (NSS)