Hyderabad: To grab the opportunity and ensure more funds will reach to the State after the presentation of its last full-fledged union budget, the Telangana Ministers are started their efforts and visiting national capital.
The Central government this time allocated funds based on Ministerial requirements rather than State wise. The Ministries had submitted their necessities to Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley which was subsequently included in the recent budget.
Without leaving any stone unturned the Telangana Ministers one after other started lobbying at Delhi by meeting the Union Ministers from past one week with their wish lists. Already State MPs from TRS party meeting several union minister and requesting for sanction of funds to the State.
Soon after the presentation of Union Budget on February 1, Roads and Buildings, Women and Child Development Minister, Tummala Nageshwar Rao air dashed to Delhi on Tuesday and met Union Minister of Road Transport and Highways, Nitin Gadkari to include 1,207 km of 11 State roads as National Highways. Rao also requested to issue notifications for the national highways announced for the State and also increase central maintenance grants. The Minister submitted list of proposals to Union Minister and requested him to give big share to Telangana.
Later Industries and IT Minister KT Rama Rao rushed to Delhi on Thursday and bat for several schemes and programmes to the State. During his visit he met Union Defence Minister, Nirmala Sitharaman for inclusion of Telangana State in the Defence Industrial Production Corridors proposed in the recent Union Budget.
He also met Union Minister for Environment, Forests and Climate Change, Dr Harsh Vardhan and Union Minister for Mines, Narendra Singh Tomar and discussed about State projects and wanted huge allocations to the State including environmental clearance for the Pharma City project.
Minister for Health, C Laxma Reddy also made Delhi visit on Friday and met Union Finance Minister, Arun Jaitely and pitched for allotment of AIIMS to Telangana. Reddy requested Union Minister to increase allocation to State Health Department besides allocating AIIMS. He also sought other pending projects and wanted the Centre to look into the matter seriously.
Some more Ministers are also likely to make Delhi visit in coming days and planned to meet concerned department Ministers. The Union Budget allocations were based on the Ministerial wise hence we are trying to submit our proposals to the Union Ministers well in advance to consider out request including AP Bifurcation assurances said TRS floor leader in Lok Sabha AP Jithender Reddy to Telangana Today.
Member of Parliamentarian from Nizamabad, K Kavitha also raised her demand in floor of the house and wanted the Centre to look into the State proposals and fulfill the promises made under AP Reorganization Act.