Hyderabad, Feb 16 (UNI) In an effort to realise the long-cherished dream of people in Telangana region, Andhra Pradesh Finance Minister K Rosaiah today announced taking up of Rs 17,875 crore Pranahita-Chevala project.
Mr Rosaiah, who provided a lion's share of Rs 16,500 crore for the irrigation sector in the 2008-09 budget, told the State Assembly that the project was being taken up to provide irrigation facilities to 12.20 lakh acres of parched lands in Adilabad, Karimnagar, Nizamabad, Medak, Nalgonda and Ranga Reddy districts in Telangana region by diverting 160 TMC of Godavari waters.
He said 27 ongoing irrigation projects would create additional irrigation potential to 16.18 lakh acres by 2009, besides stabilising 16.66 lakh acres in the existing command areas.
Mr Rosaiah allocated Rs 250 crore, being the state's share for the centrally-sponsored Success (Scheme for Universal Access and Quality at Secondary stage) scheme, to improve infrastructure in schools.
Countering the opposition charge that the Congress Government had neglected social welfare, the Finance Minister increased the budget allocation for Backward Classes and Minorities from Rs 287 crore during 2007-08 to Rs 423 crore for scholarships and from Rs 50 crore during 2007-08 to Rs 185 crore in 2008-09 for tuition fee reimbursement.
He announced a novel scheme to provide scholarships for children, who were economically backward irrespective of their caste/religion/sect and allocated Rs 25 crore for the purpose.
With a view to strengthen the education at secondary level, Mr Rosaiah announced allocation of Rs 853 crore to implement mid-day meal scheme up to class ten in all Government, Zilla Parishad, Municipal and aided schools in 737 educationally-backward mandals.
Mr Rosaiah made a budgetary allocation of Rs 100 crore for setting up a world class Centre for Advance Research on livestock in 644 acres at Pulivendula in Kadapa district.
He allocated Rs 20 crore for providing four acres of land to tribals in the forest areas following the amendment to the Tribal Act by the Centre and earmarked Rs 15 crore for new universities at Rajahmundry, Kadapa, Nizamabad, Nalgonda, Srikakulam, Mahaboobnagar and Kurnool.
An amount of Rs 320 crore was provided in the budget for establishing three new Indian Institutes of Information Technology at Idupalapaya in Kadapa district, at Basara in Adilabad district and Nuziveedu in Krishna district.
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