Hyderabad: Chief Minister K Chandrashekhar Rao took the wind out of the Opposition’s sails on Sunday when he decimated every single allegation raised by them, be it on Kaleshwaram Lift Irrigation Scheme, the State’s debt, the hue and cry raised over uranium exploration, diversion of funds from the SC/ST Sub Plan or the government stand on the so-called Telangana Liberation Day on September 17.
The Chief Minister, who took the battle to the opposition camp during his two-and-half hour reply on the discussion on the State Budget in the State Assembly, nailed the Congress on its allegations over the status of KLIS and its shrill outbursts over the proposed uranium exploration in the Nalamalla forests. He also silenced the BJP on the issue of Liberation Day stating that those who want to observe the day and want to hoist the national flag were free to do so.
Calling on KLIS critics to hold on to their horses, the Chief Minister said that currently, the various components of the project were undergoing trial runs.
“It is a complex project, with extensive engineering work. Every system and sub-system, be it the way the electric sub-stations function, or how the motors in the pumphouses are run have to be checked. This was not something that was built just like that but after very extensive study and planning. For instance, the motors at the different pumping stations can run at a stretch for six months at a time,” he explained.
Results in a year
All that it takes is two good crop seasons in the areas that will be served by the project to realize the entire project cost (of about Rs 80,000 crore). The results will be there for all to see in about a year. And farmers will actually be able to relax and be rid of their seasonal worries about irrigation, he said.
On the State budget, he said it was a reflection of the realities of the overall state of the economy in the country. He explained that the overall reduction in the annual budget by about Rs 30,000 crore from the total projected in the vote-on-account budget was in keeping with the current financial conditions.
The State government, he said, will soon finalise details of payments for farm waiver loans of up to Rs 1 lakh. “We will keep our promise of the loan waiver and farmers should have no cause for anxiety on this issue,” he said.