06-07-201906-07-2019 11:46:37 IST
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Both the ruling party YSRCP and opposition TDP lashed out at the centre over the budget that was presented yesterday. The parties claimed that the budget was unsatisfactory and did not address the pressing issues and wishes of the state.
"The budget is not in accordance with the wishes of the people of Andhra Pradesh. The centre made budgetary allocations to the northeastern states but ignored Andhra Pradesh, which is reeling under severe financial crisis. The budget has badly disappointed the people of the state. Not even a single paisa is allocated for educational institutes like IIT, NIT, IIM, IIIT," said Naidu.
Naidu added that apart from neglecting the Special Category Status issue, the centre didn't even try to address the revenue deficit problem of the state, which Andhra Pradesh suffered because of bifurcation. He also took issue with the Centre not making any allocations for the state's Polavaram Irrigation Project, capital city Amaravati, metro rail projects in Vijayawada and Visakhapatnam, and the Kadapa steel plant.
Even the ruling YSRCP also joined in on the criticism of the budget presented by Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman and said that it was unfair to the state. "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," said YSRCP MP Vijayasai Reddy. Like Naidu, Reddy also pointed out that there was no mention of Polavaram Irrigation Project or allocation of funds for Amaravati.
Additionally, there is also a lot of confusion over how much the state will get in Bharatmala and Sagarmala schemes and the lack of clarity was also a point of criticism from both the parties.
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