Hyderabad, Feb 23: There were no marked improvement in budget allocation for various schemes including Rajiv Arogyasree, subsidies, irrigation and tuition fee reimbursement and scholarships.
This is the fourth year in a row where the state’s budget has crossed Rs one lakh crore even in the time of the world economic melt down.
The allocation of funds for irrigation department was Rs 15,010 Crore in the Budget 2011-12 where as the budgetary allocation was Rs. 15, 011 crores in 2010-11. There was not hike in budgetary allocation for irrigation projects. The earlier Rosaiah Government had also reduced the allocation to irrigation department from Rs18, 000 crore in 2009-10 to Rs 15, 011 crore in 2010-11.
The allocation for Rajiv Aarogyasree was also remained same in this budget as year’s amount of Rs 925 crores. There was no increase in allocation of funds for Rajiv Aarogyasree Scheme. The allocation of funds for welfare pensions was Rs 1,932 crore, which was same in 2010-11.
The allocation for rice subsidy was cut down to Rs 2,500 crore in budget 2011-12 from Rs 3,000 crore in 2010-11. Similarly, budgetary allocation for the power subsidy was also decreased to Rs 4,300 crores in budget 2011-12 from Rs 4.500 crores in 2010-11. The budgetary allocation for scholarships and tuition fee reimbursement had a slight increase to Rs 2,051 crores from Rs 1,772 crores in 2010-11.
In the budget, Rs 3 crores have been allocated for strengthening grayhounds regional training facilities at Hyderabad and Visakhapatnam. In addition to this, Rs 25 crores were earmarked for up gradation of police training colleges at Warangal, shifting of PTC from Amberpet (Hyderabad) to Medak and establish PTC at Karimnagar.
For conservation of 560 protect ancient sites, Rs Rs 25 crores were allocated. In addition to this, Rs 5 Crore have been allocated for establishment of Shilparamam at Vijayawada, Nellore, Ananthapur and Warangal.
It was also decided to continue the scheme of Constituency Development Fund with Rs one crore per each constituency. For the purpose, Rs 386 crores have been allocated in the budget.(NSS)