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KCR seeks transformation in Telangana's budget preparation process
At a time when the entire finance ministry is deeply involved in preparing Telangana state annual budget as the assembly budget session is to begin after two weeks, Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao focused his attention on it and found disinterest on routine preparations with some members.

Immediately he directed them to postpone the budget session, sought to transform the entire budget exercise and instructed that it should reflect his government's ambitions and policies for the development of the state for the next five years.

He took no time to inform the Governor ESL Narasimhan on the need to postpone the budget assembly session, which is scheduled to starts on September 10 for about three weeks. It was normal practice to present budget estimations in the month of Feburary. But this year it was delayed to August due to general elections.

As both Telangana and Andrha Pradesh assemblies are functioning in the same campus, to avoid unnecessary interruptions by holding both the assemblies at the same time, it was postponed to September.

Even Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao requested his Andhra Pradesh counterpart N Chandrababu Naidu to conclude his assembly budget session early by September 6, to facilitate them to begun their session on Septemrber 10. Naidu has immediately accommodated the request ignoring opposition from YSR Congress Party.

Chandrasekhar Rao wants more time for preparation of budget proposals with unique features since it would be the maiden budget of the Telangana government. Another reason that reportedly weighed on his mind for deferring the session is the Medak Lok Sabha by-election on September 13. After taking the decision to postpone the date by more than a month, Rao ordered setting up of 14 task force committees for preparing budget proposals for 2014-15.

The task force committees will deal with drinking water supply, welfare, sanitation, agriculture, animal husbandry, industries infrastructure facilities, human resource development, water resources, municipal administration and urban development, resource mobilisation, energy, environment, irrigation, rural development, law and order and resource mobilisation. Each committee will have senior officials and some experts as members.

The Chief Minister, at a review meeting with officials, asked them to prepare department-wise budget proposals and discuss those proposals in depth and allocate budget based on the requirements. He exhorted to not treat it as an account book, but to make it a reflection of government policies. He said that it would be better if the officials were to design policies for each department.

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