Shabbir Ali, leader of opposition in the Telangana legislative council, asked chief minister KCR to issue white paper on state finances and the schemes he proposes to launch and ways and means he wants to mobilize funds to implement them. If not, he said, all the schemes including the latest Grama Jyothi should be construed as fraud and only meant to deceive people with tall promises, ambitious schemes and unrealistic statistics
The Congressleader asked KCR to explain as to how he proposes to mobilize at least Rs. 1.70 lakh crore to fund the much touted schemes which his government plans to implement.
“These schemes need huge sums. For example Rs. 50,000 crore for SC Welfare, Rs. 25,000 crore for BC Welfare, Rs. 5,000 crore for Minorities Welfare, Rs. 20,000 crore for Mission Kakatiya, Rs. 35,000 crore for Water Grid and Rs. 25,000 crore for Grama Jyothi,” he said.
Shabbir Ali alleged that by showing large outlays with thousands of crores, chief minister KCR is trying to impress upon people that he was spending money in a big way for people and divert their attention from controversial projects. All these figures, the MLC said, were unrealistic.
“If they are realistic and genuine, lay bare before the people your plan of mobilization of funds and sources. You should specify whether the government proposes to borrow loans, sell government lands or increase taxes etc to meet the expenditure of these schemes,” he asked.
The Telangana, a revenue surplus State at the time of creation, had gone bust because of avoidable wastage and splurging on luxuries of chief minister, Shabbir Ali accused.