Andhra Pradesh government had placed the 2019-20 vote on account budget ahead of the general elections. The budget was put at 2,26,177.53 crore, giving major share to the welfare programmes with an eye on the votes. The Chandrababu Naidu government had tried to touch every section of the voters offering benefits in one form or the other.
The budget, budget presented by finance minister Yanamala Ramakrishnudu, had its focus on farmers, women, youth and members of different castes and sub-castes. The much talked about sops for the women in the self-help groups were given Rs 4,000 crore in the budget promising Rs 10,000 to each of the members in the 94 lakh groups in the State.
The pensions had the highest allocation of Rs 12,819 crore as the TDP government had increased the old age pension from Rs 1000 to Rs 2000 a month. The TDP wants to win the 2019 elections also with its popular schemes like the pensions, which was earlier promised by the Opposition YSR Congress. The TDP chief had grabbed most of the promises from the Opposition party and had accommodated them in the budget.
The focus was also on the unemployed youth who were promised job in every house in the 2014 elections and unemployment allowance of Rs 2000 if jobs were not provided. The scheme was introduced just two months ago offering Rs 1000 a month to 10 lakh youth. Now, as the elections are fast approaching, the government had doubled the allowance to Rs 2000 a month in the budget.
Chandrababu Naidu government had tried to touch every section and caste in the budget to win their votes. Though the loan waiver that was promised in 2014 and launched in 2016 is yet to be completed, the government had promised Rs 5,000 crore through a new scheme called Annadata Sukheebhava to help the farmers financially.
The government also tried to woo the drivers in the State creating a new programme to empower them with Rs 150 crore. However, it is to be seen if the voters take this budget seriously and rally for the ruling party or not.