Earlier this year, the TRS had also accused the Centre of copying its 'Rythu Bandhu' scheme in its Interim Budget.

Telanganas Mission Bhagiratha inspired Centres Har Ghar Jal Yojana KTR
news Politics Saturday, July 06, 2019 - 07:58

Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) Working President K T Rama Rao on Friday responded to the Union Budget, stating that it was Telangana's 'Mission Bhagiratha', which inspired the Centre to launch 'Har Ghar Jal Yojana', a scheme that plans to deliver water to every household in the country.

Taking to Twitter, KTR, who is also the son of Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao, said, "Last year Telangana’s “Rythu Bandhu” inspired Govt of India to launch ‘PM Kisan’ Now it’s Telangana’s “Mission Bhagiratha” that inspired Govt of India to launch ‘Har Ghar Jal Yojana’(sic)."  

Earlier on Friday, TRS MPs had expressed their displeasure against the BJP-led government for not allocating any budget for the government’s flagship irrigation project, Kaleshwaram, and their Mission Bhagiratha, which promises safe drinking water for each household. 

Speaking to reporters in New Delhi, the MPs said that the 2019-20 budget presented by Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman was “pro-rich” and a “burden” on the poor. They further accused the BJP of appropriating their Mission Bhagiratha project as ‘Har Ghar Jal’ programme.

TRS floor leader in the Parliament and Khammam MP, Nama Nageswara Rao said, “The increase of duty on gold, petrol and diesel will affect the common man. The Har Ghar Jal programme is nothing but Mission Bhagiratha, which is providing safe drinking water to each household, but it is fine. We were hoping that a developing city like Hyderabad would get something, but that didn’t happen. They have given exemptions on electric cars but a common man cannot afford it, so it’s of no use to them.”

“We anticipated a lot for our state, but that didn’t happen, so we are disappointed,” Nama added.

Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman on Friday announced that the new ministry for management of water resources will ensure water to every household by 2024.

Earlier this year, the TRS had also accused the Centre of copying its 'Rythu Bandhu' scheme as the Union government, in its Interim Budget, announced ascheme for direct cash transfer to small farmers and said that every farmer owning less than two hectares of land will get Rs 6,000 per year in three equal installments.

It was Telangana which came out with the investment support scheme last year. Under Rythu Bandhu, farmers are getting Rs 8,000 per acre annually, at the rate of Rs 4,000 per acre per crop.

Read: ‘Disappointing, nothing in it for Telangana’: TRS MPs on Budget 2019

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