Thoroughly disappointed says Telangana FinMin on Union Budget
Like Andhra Pradesh, Telangana too has expressed dissatisfaction over the Budget that was presented on Thursday. It did not address the needs of the state, Telangana's Finance Minister, E Rajender said.
He, however, welcomed the initiatives in the budget, such as minimum support price to farmers, health insurance to poor people and allocations to some of the agricultural allied fields.
"We sought funds for irrigation projects. We also sought financial assistance for Mission Bhagiratha and Mission Kakatiya. There was no mention of them in the budget speech.
We are thoroughly disappointed," he said.
Senior Congress leader Mohammed Ali Shabbir charged that the KCR government had once again failed to get any benefits from the Centre in the budget in spite of supporting the BJP in its "pro-Hindutva" drives in Telangana.
Ali alleged that the budget focused on granting sops to eight states that go to elections in the current year, but neglected all demands and assurances to Telangana during the bifurcation of the state by Centre.