Hyderabad, Sep 14: Telangana Chief Minister K.Chanrashekar Rao vehemently denied the Congress charge in the Assembly on Saturday that the state had incurred credits to the tune of Rs.three lakh crore.
He asked the senior Congress member Mallu Bhatti Vikaramarka to prove the charge about the Rs.three lakh crore credit burden on the state.
Intervening during the discussion on the budget for 2019-20 financial year, he said that the state was raising loans within its limits and the loans taken so far were below Rs three lakh crore.
Mr Rao said that the state was in a far better position than many other states in the country.
Referring to Mr Vikramarka's charge during the debate on the budget, which generated much heat at times, the Chief Minister said that if members wanted to criticize, they were free to do so but they should refrain from speaking untruth.
He said that the government had given reasons for pruning the budget including non-receipt of its due from central funds besides fall in revenues.
To, Mr.Vikramarka's observation, that not a single project was visible in the state, the Chief Minister questioned 'is the Mission Bhagiratha to supply drinking water through taps to every household in the state not a project'
Mr Vikramarka during the budget discussion said that the schemes launched by the government were far from realities. He charged that the government was giving new names to old projects.
Mr Vikramarka also charged that the government had failed on many fronts including generating employment for jobless youth in the state.
Majlis-e-ittehadul-Muslimeen (MIM) leader Akbaruddin Owaisi who initiated the discussion hit out at the Centre for denying the state its share in the central taxes and said that the Centre also did not assist laudable projects like Mission Kakatiya irrigation and Mission Bhaghiratha drinking water schemes.
Mr Owaisi also charged that the central government had failed to provide funds for the development of backward regions of the state adding that despite lack of Ventral assistance, the Chief Minister was fulfilling the promises made to the people.
He said the Kaleshwaram irrigation project taken up by the state government was marvelous and the entire country should be proud of the project.
After the inconclusive budget debate, the house was adjourned for the day. (UNI)