The YSRCP government in Andhra Pradesh on Friday said that they were disappointed with the allocations made to the state in the Union Budget presented by Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman.
Speaking to reporters in New Delhi, YSRCP Parliamentary Party leader Vijayasai Reddy said, "There is nothing specifically allocated to Andhra. We have got a little in each of the schemes announced but it is clear that the Centre did not take Andhra into consideration while preparing the Budget."
Referring to the bifurcation of the state in 2014, he added, "We have a 22,000 crore revenue deficit in Andhra because of the mistakes made by the earlier Union government. We don't know how much worse the revenue deficit will get. At this juncture, the state government expected more from the Centre."
He also pointed out that there was no mention of the state's Polavaram Irrigation Project or capital Amaravati either.
"Even after bifurcation, the Centre promised to address our issues but they have not fulfilled their promises in this budget," Vijayasai Reddy said.
Pointing out to the Finance Minister's speech, where she mentioned that 3,000 km of metro rail projects had been approved, he pointed out that the metro rail projects in Vijayawada and Visakahapatnam were yet to start.
"The Detailed Project Report (DPR) has also not yet been finalised. We have not even received approvals. There has been injustice to Andhra in this front too," the senior YSRCP leader said.
"How much will Andhra get in Bharatmaa and Sagarmala schemes? There is no clarity," he added.
However, the YSRCP welcomed certain announcements including the pension benefits announced to retail traders and shopkeepers and dealing with Non-Performing Assets (NPAs). Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman on Friday presented her first Budget for 2019-20. This is the full budget of the second term of the Narendra Modi government.
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