The Central government’s budget which was presented by Finance Minister Nirmala Sitaraman had come as a greatest disappointment for the people and leaders of Andhra Pradesh. The budget has no significant allocation for the State. It had no mention of the special category status or the special package that were promised to the State. There was also no mention of the special funds promised for the backward districts of Rayalaseema and north coastal Andhra.
The budget was silent on the Central institutions which were started in the State in the last three to four years, including the AIIMS at Mangalagiri in Guntur district. These institutions require huge funds for construction of new buildings and provision of basic infrastructure in the campuses. The budget is silent on these institutions. Though there was a mention of Rs 13 crore for the Central university for Andhra Pradesh, it is not enough to establish the university with all facilities. The Central government had allocated Rs 10 crore for the university in the last budget.
The same is the case with the Tribal University for the State, which was given Rs 4 crore. The government had allocated Rs 20 crore for the Tribal University in the last budget, which was later brought down to just Rs 1 crore.
In a way, the Central government had completely ignored the interests of the State, though there are several issues concerning the state and the Central government is constitutionally compelled to complete bifurcation issues. It is clear that the Narendra Modi government is not prepared to give anything for Andhra Pradesh, including those promised in the AP Reorganisation Act. The budget shows the directions of the government towards the States and accordingly, there is nothing for the new-born State of Andhra Pradesh.
It is to be seen how the political parties in the State, particularly the ruling YSR Congress, would do to ensure some financial allocations are made to the State.