CAG report reveals Centre’s discrimination against Telangana in funds allocation

Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who hates the birth of Telangana, is trying to undermine the State at every step. For the last nine years, the Centre discriminating against Telangana. The PM and BJP leaders boast of allocating lakhs of crores to Telangana when they visit to the State. However the Comptroller and Auditor General of India (CAG) has revealed in the latest report that all of those claims are false. The CAG has recently released a comprehensive report containing the financial status of all the States of the country, the assistance received by the States from the Centre.

According to the report in the financial year 2022-23, the State government expected that Telangana would receive Rs. 41,001 crore in the form of grant-in-aid from the Centre. Accordingly, it made estimates in the budget. But, by the end of that financial year, the Centre’s assistance was only Rs.13, 179 crore. This is only 32 percent of the State target.

Even in the current financial year (2023-24), the Modi government is discriminating against Telanagana. A the State expects to receive a total of Rs. 41,259 crore in the form of grant-in-aid from the Centre this financial year, only Rs. 3,009.26 crore has been received in the last five months. This is only 7.29 percent of the State’s estimate.

The Centre has been making cuts in Grant-in-Aid to Telangana since the beginning. Every year these cuts are increasing. Financial experts say that if this trend continues like this, the grant received from the Centre to the State may not exceed 50 percent of the estimated budget by the end of the current financial year. The Central government has provided assistance of Rs. 13,371 crore in the form of grant-in-aid to Modi’s home State Gujarat from April to August. In the last 5 months, Uttar Pradesh has been provided assistance of Rs. 13,990 crore. At the same time, only Rs.3, 009 crore was released to Telangana. The Centre has provided additional funds of Rs.10,362 crore to Gujarat and Rs.10,981 crore to Uttar Pradesh in comparison to Telangana.

The CAG report revealed that the Congress-ruled States have also provided more aid than Telangana. The grant-in-aid given to Gujarat between April-August this year is equivalent to 83 percent of the estimated State budget. At the same time Uttar Pradesh received 14 percent of the budget estimate. Madhya Pradesh was given Rs.11,966 crore and Maharashtra Rs. 8,062 crore. In the first five months of this financial year, Rs. 8,303 crore was given to Rajasthan, Rs.5,792 crore to Himachal Pradesh, Rs.3453 crore to Chhattisgarh and Rs. 3,108 crore to Karnataka as grant-in-aid by the Centre. The BJP leaders in Telangana have to open their eyes with the CAG report.