Union Budget 2023 presented in Parliament by Finance Minister Nirmala Sitaraman has come as a disappointment to Telangana government that claimed that “there is nothing particular about Telangana”.
Even though the Center is saying that the budget is the relief for the common and middle class people and the wage earners, the BRS ministers say that Telangana has been completely treated unfairly. According to the latest budget, AP’s share in central taxes is Rs.41,338 crore. The allocation of funds for Andhra Pradesh is as follows. The Center has allocated Rs.683 crores for Visakha Steel Plant, which is a key industry in the state. Also, Rs.37 crores have been allocated to tribal universities in Telugu states. AP Tribal University will have a share in this. Similarly, Rs 47 crs have been allocated to Central University in AP and Rs168 cr to Petroleum University. Apart from Mangalagiri in Andhra Pradesh, the Center has allocated Rs.6,835 cr to 22 AIIMS hospitals across the country, Rs 357 cr to museums in Telugu states and Rs.1,473 cr.
Andhra Pradesh Finance Minister Buggana Rajendranath Reddy expressed satisfaction over the latest budget. Some of the budget allocations are said to be satisfactory. He expressed hope that the decision to change the income tax slab in this budget will benefit the common man. He said that the Center has taken into consideration the suggestions made by the AP in the pre-budget meetings held with the states. Buggana Rajendranath opined that the budget allocations are in line with some of the schemes being implemented by the AP government.
Buggana Rajendranath said there was injustice in the allocation of funds for the Polavaram project. AP MPs said that although subsidies are giving relief in the aqua sector, there is still a need to give incentives. But BJP rejected BRS criticism.