K Chandrasekhar Rao, Telengana CM
HYDERABAD: After regularisation of encroached government land, the state government is now planning to regularise assigned land. Chief minister K Chandrasekhar Rao announced in the assembly on Tuesday that 10,000 acres of assigned land around the city could be regularised under the scheme.
As per rules, either encroachment or purchase by private individuals of land assigned to the poor by the government is illegal. However, the state government can resume the land from the assignees any time.
"Since assigned land does not come under the ambit of the regularisation scheme GO (58 & 59), the state government would resume such land and legalise its ownership by illegal occupants," the CM said.
KCR said that of the total budget of Rs 1.15 lakh crore, the government is expecting to mobilise Rs 96,000 crore through state revenues, Centre's tax devolution and loans. The government would try to raise the balance Rs 19,000 crore by recovering arrears in various departments such as commercial taxes, where arrears have piled up to Rs 4,000 crore and by passing on some burden of power tariff to consumers (domestic and industrial).
The CM admitted that in the previous budget, it was projected to raise Rs 6,500 crore by way of sale of government land. But the government could not go ahead with its plan due to slump in the real estate market in the city. Now the activity is slowly picking up in Hyderabad.
Responding to criticism of the huge gap between revenue earnings and expenditure in both plan and non plan sectors, KCR blamed the situation on huge cuts in central grants.
"The state did not receive about Rs 28,000 crore funds for centrally sponsored schemes such as ICDS and hopes of raising another Rs 6,500 crore through sale of land did not happen. These two left a revenue gap of about Rs 34,500 crore," KCR said.
CLP leader K Jana Reddy said that budget estimates for 2015-16 are unrealistic. "The state government is expecting Rs 59,000 crore revenue, but even taking liberal estimations into consideration, the state can earn only about Rs 50,000 crore. For instance, under non-tax segment, Rs 13,500 crore revenue is estimated but it may not even get Rs 3,500 crore. How is the state government planning to fill the huge gap of Rs 8,000 to Rs 9,000 crore?," he asked.
Giving clarifications on various issues raised by members of different political parties, KCR said that the government is planning to issue a lease for mining iron ore to Singareni Collieries at Bayyaram in Khammam district. The ore would then be utilised by private steel manufactures like Jindal Steel as the Steel Authority of India Limited (SAIL) is not coming forward to take up the project.