Election promises, irrigation and industrialization are priority: Etela Rajender

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Fulfilling the election promises, spend on irrigation and industrialisation are on the priority list of Telangana finance minister Etela Rajender.

“Telanagna will always be a surplus budget,” said Rajender, who asked the officials for update data as he is readying to attend the state finance ministers’ meeting on June 9 in Delhi.

“We are a new state and a new government and there is a need for update information. The full team in not in place yet,” he said on a query on the states’ stand on GST.

The minister reiterated that it would ask for the special category status as Andhra Pradesh.

“Telangana is backward in many aspects. Infact, the backwardness of the state has been the platform for carrying out the separate state movement for more than 14 years in the last leg. That the demand for separate state was there for six decades now tells about the backwardness of the state. There is a need for similar encouragement from the Centre for both Andhra Pradesh and Telangana. If this is not given, the interests of Telangana will be hurt,” the minister said in his maiden interaction.

In his first review meeting with the senior officials at the Secretariat here today, Rajender has directed the officials to provide update data to base the decision on.

Among others, the Telangana government has already started working on farm loan waiver. The government has set riders that the farm loans upto Rs one lakh taken during 2013-14 would be waived. However, there has been a clamour that all pending farm loans should be waived.

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