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Saturday, 21 February 2015

Government Should Ensure Budget Allocations are Spent, Say Experts : Hyderabad

It is unfortunate that most of the officials do not have a complete understanding or commitment about budget preparations, thus making it a routine affair reflecting the aspirations of rulers rather than addressing the needs of people, A Vidyasagar, principal secretary, AP Tribal Welfare Department, has said.

Representatives of various underprivileged sections like SC, ST, women, physically challenged groups from AP and Telangana  participated in the pre-budget consultation meeting held by an NGO Budget Centre here on Thursday. The participants discussed about their concerns on budget allocations and to chart a future course for their needs to be addressed in 2015-16 budget.

“The situation now has come when governments are ready to listen to the people’s needs while preparing policies and budgets. SC/ST sub plan is a good example. Activists should try to create awareness about the importance of budget among underprivileged sections and fight for the budgetary allocations to address their needs,” Vidyasagar said speaking on the occasion.

Just budgetary allocations is not sufficient but government should also make sure that funds are being spent to achieve the desired results. Many-a-time governments just allocate budget and release funds towards a scheme but take least interest in monitoring whether the required purpose is met with or not. Though funds are being allocated towards healthcare and sanitation in every budget, the picture at the ground level is very pathetic, remarked M Snehalatha, consultant working in the field of water and sanitation. Venkat Rao of AP Vikalanguala Samakya demanded that budgetary allocations for physically challenged persons should be increased to Rs 200 crore from the existing Rs 50 crore as many persons suffering with disabilities are being devoid of basic facilities like callipers, tricycles, pensions. MLC M Geyanand, Budget Centre convenor SathyaBabu Bose, retired bureaucrat Gopala Rao, were among those present on the occasion.

Source: The New Indian Express,20th Feb 2015 

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