It’s welfare, not freebies, KCR tells Modi – The New Indian Express

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HYDERABAD: Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao sharply criticized the Narendra Modi government in his Independence Day speech for allegedly watering down the federal spirit of the nation and reducing state welfare schemes by calling them “ free”. Addressing the residents of Golconda Fort after unfurling the national flag for the 75th Day I celebrations, Rao said public welfare is the primary responsibility of governments. On the one hand, the Center does not discharge this responsibility properly. On the other hand, insulting welfare schemes are provided to the poor as ‘gifts’.

The Modi government, Rao said, was acting against the federal spirit and centralizing powers. He had derided the Constitution’s provision that “India is a union of states”, Rao alleged. He accused the Center of plotting to weaken states economically and imposing indiscriminate taxes on citizens. The CM called on the population to be vigilant and thwart the attempts of disruptive forces promoting religious hatred.

Rao explained in his speech that the Center had collected huge revenues in the form of dues rather than taxes with the “malicious intent” of reducing the share given to the states. The Center refused a fair share of 41% of taxes to the states. Due to tax and other forms of indirect taxation, it had withheld around 11.4% of its income from the states in 2022-23, which was a gross injustice, the chief minister said. He also criticized Center decisions such as reducing the FRBM limit.

“Unilateral Decisions”
Rao went on to say in his speech that the Center takes decisions on various topics without discussing them with the states. Subsequently, pressure was brought to bear on states to implement them. The Chief Minister cited the example of the Farm Bills which sparked protests from farmers across the country, forcing the Prime Minister to publicly apologize and withdraw the draconian laws.

Center weighing down middle class, poor with taxes, says KCR

Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao also criticized the Center for recent changes in GST rates. From milk for infants to building crematoria, the central government was levying taxes everywhere, placing a huge burden on the poor and middle class, the CM said. Due to the Center’s inefficiency, the prices of basic necessities were skyrocketing. The value of the rupee on the international market was at a historic low and unemployment was rising. But the Center was trying to cover up its failures by dividing people according to religion, he said.

State debt

Slamming the allegations on state debts, Rao explained that according to Center officials, Telangana’s total debt for the year 2019-2020 was 2.25 lakh crore against a debt of 75,577 crore inherited from Andhra Pradesh undivided after state formation in 2014. State government debt was 1,49,873 crore since 2014 which was spent on capital investment for construction of projects, establishment of infrastructure and the provision of basic equipment, he said.

10 lakh new Aasara pensions

On the occasion of Swatantra Bharata Vajrotsavalu, the Chief Minister said that his government would grant an additional 10 lakh Aasara to eligible recipients. This is on top of the 36 lakh pensions already provided by the state.

Aasara to dialysis patients

The CM also said Aasara pensions would now be extended to kidney patients who depend on dialysis at regular intervals.

Dalit Bandhu

The state government has allocated `17,700 crore this year for the Dalit Bandhu scheme, which aims to provide 1.70 700 `10 lakh Dalit families to undertake any business of their choice. The government will give the Dalit Bandhu benefit to two lakh families this year.
Earlier, the Chief Minister paid his respects at the war memorial at the parade ground in Secunderabad and reviewed a parade at Golconda Fort.

The CM will join in the mass broadcast of the national anthem

The state government will organize a massive statewide performance of the national anthem at all major junctions at 11:30 a.m. on Tuesday as part of Swatantra Bharata Vajrotsava Dwi Saptaham. Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao is also expected to participate in the program at one of the
the crossroads of the city, most likely in Abids. All traffic lights would display the red signal at 11:30 a.m. |

The national anthem will be played in metro stations

The time for the singing of the national anthem will be 52 seconds. The state government makes all necessary arrangements for the mass broadcasting of the national anthem. Loudspeakers will be placed at major intersections.

Chief Secretary Somesh Kumar inspected the arrangements for the mass singing of the national anthem in Abids, Necklace Road and other places. As part of the state government’s temporary traffic halt and national anthem mass singing scheme, Hyderabad’s metros would be stopped for one minute at 11:30 a.m. on Tuesday and the national anthem would be played in trains and subway stations. HMRL MD NVS Reddy asked commuters to get up and join in the mass singing of the national anthem.

HYDERABAD: Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao sharply criticized the Narendra Modi government in his Independence Day speech for allegedly watering down the federal spirit of the nation and reducing state welfare schemes by calling them “ free”. Addressing the residents of Golconda Fort after unfurling the national flag for the 75th Day I celebrations, Rao said public welfare is the primary responsibility of governments. On the one hand, the Center does not discharge this responsibility properly. On the other hand, insulting welfare schemes are provided to the poor by calling them “free”. The Modi government, Rao said, was acting against the federal spirit and centralizing powers. He had derided the Constitution’s provision that “India is a union of states”, Rao alleged. He accused the Center of plotting to weaken states economically and imposing indiscriminate taxes on citizens. The CM called on the population to be vigilant and thwart the attempts of disruptive forces promoting religious hatred. Rao explained in his speech that the Center had collected huge revenues in the form of dues rather than taxes with the “malicious intent” of reducing the share given to the states. The Center refused a fair share of 41% of taxes to the states. Due to tax and other forms of indirect taxation, it had withheld around 11.4% of its income from the states in 2022-23, which was a gross injustice, the chief minister said. He also criticized Center decisions such as reducing the FRBM limit. “Unilateral Decisions” Rao went on to say in his speech that the Center takes decisions on various topics without discussing them with the states. Subsequently, pressure was brought to bear on states to implement them. The Chief Minister cited the example of the Farm Bills which sparked protests from farmers across the country, forcing the Prime Minister to publicly apologize and withdraw the draconian laws. The center weighs on the tax-poor middle class, says KCR Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao, who also criticized the center for recent changes in GST rates. From milk for infants to building crematoria, the central government was levying taxes everywhere, placing a huge burden on the poor and middle class, the CM said. Due to the Center’s inefficiency, the prices of basic necessities were skyrocketing. The value of the rupee on the international market was at a historic low and unemployment was rising. But the Center was trying to cover up its failures by dividing people according to religion, he said. State debt Raising the allegations on state debts, Rao explained that according to Center officials, Telangana’s total debt for the year 2019-2020 was `2.25 lakh crore against `75,577 crore of debt inherited from undivided Andhra Pradesh after state formation in 2014. The state government debt was 1,49,873 crore since 2014 which was spent as capital investment for the building projects, creating infrastructure and providing basic amenities, he said. 10 lakh New Aasara Pensions On the occasion of Swatantra Bharata Vajrotsavalu, the Chief Minister said his government will grant 10 lakh new Aasara Pensions to eligible beneficiaries. This is on top of the 36 lakh pensions already provided by the state. Aasara to dialysis patients The CM also said that Aasara pensions would now be extended to kidney patients who depend on dialysis at regular intervals. Dalit Bandhu The state government has allocated `17,700 crore this year for the Dalit Bandhu scheme, which aims to provide 1,700 Dalit families `10 lakh to take up any business of their choice. The government will give the Dalit Bandhu benefit to two lakh families this year. Earlier, the Chief Minister paid his respects at the war memorial at the parade ground in Secunderabad and reviewed a parade at Golconda Fort. CM to Join Mass National Anthem Performance State Government will hold Mass National Anthem Performance across the state at all major crossroads on Tuesday at 11:30 a.m. as part of Swatantra Bharata Vajrotsava Dwi Saptaham. Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao is also expected to join the program at one of the city’s junctions, most likely in Abids. All traffic lights would display the red signal at 11:30 a.m. | The national anthem will be played in metro stations The duration of the singing of the national anthem will be 52 seconds. The state government makes all necessary arrangements for the mass broadcasting of the national anthem. Loudspeakers will be placed at major intersections. Chief Secretary Somesh Kumar inspected the arrangements for the mass singing of the national anthem in Abids, Necklace Road and other places. As part of the state government’s temporary traffic halt and national anthem mass singing scheme, Hyderabad’s metros would be stopped for one minute at 11:30 a.m. on Tuesday and the national anthem would be played in trains and subway stations. HMRL MD NVS Reddy asked commuters to get up and join in the mass singing of the national anthem.

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