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The News Minute | March 28, 2015 | 10:30 am IST The Andhra Pradesh government has reportedly gifted iPhone-6 smart phones to all the 175 MLAs and 50 MLCs on the final day of the budget session of the State Legislature in Hyderabad on Friday. Most of the MLAs signed and took the gift at a counter in the assembly, despite the severe financial crisis that the state faces. Each iPhone is worth Rs.53,500 and has cost the state exchequer Rs.1.2 crore. In the Budget for 2015-16, Finance Minister Y Ramakrishnudu had put the estimated revenue deficit at Rs 7,300 crore and fiscal deficit at Rs 17,584 crore.  This is not the first time such expensive items have been gifted to legislators on the last day of the session as they were given laptops and i-Pads in the past. The News Minute asked a few people on social media about what they thought of the move and it seems like the move has not gone down well with the public. @NitinBGoode If a device is absolutely necessary, let it be known that a Xiomi or a Micromax phone will work equally well. @thenewsminute — Anil Kumar (@anilramuk) March 26, 2015 @NitinBGoode @thenewsminute But first tell them to turn in their old mobiles. (The ones right now in their pockets, not some old pc of junk) — Madd Dogg (@MaddDogg8) March 26, 2015 @NitinBGoode @thenewsminute we don't have any good expectations from them anyway!! — Salil Purushothaman (@always_salil) March 26, 2015 can't contractors afford ipads fr thmslvs? they anyway bleed/loot AP budget n pple @tsnishant @nitinbgoode @thenewsminute — SaveTribalsPolavaram (@srinivav) March 26, 2015 @NitinBGoode @dhanyarajendran to do what ?If they really serious about business go for local made but why in particlular IPhone? Show off — Ashok Manthani (@ashmanthani) March 26, 2015 Though there were a few who were okay with the move, a majority of the people were against it. The state had also slipped into an overdraft recently with the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) informing the state to clear all advances taken from the bank within 14 days, failing which the bank may freeze all financial transactions of the state. Tweet Follow @thenewsminute

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