AP vote on account on February 10

Ahead of tabling of the Andhra Pradesh State Reorganisation Bill 2013 in Parliament and the much anticipated announcement of dates for the general elections, a vote on account will be presented in the Andhra Pradesh (AP) Assembly on February 10.

Finance Minister Anam Ram Narayan Reddy, after consulting Chief Minister N Kiran Kumar Reddy and other Cabinet colleagues, said that the four-day session will place before the people the budget for 2014-15, including some ongoing welfare schemes introduced by the state government. 

 According to a statement by the finance minister, the vote on account will be placed before the Assembly at 10:08 am. All departments have already sent in their expenditure proposals online.

If the state is bifurcated before the general elections, the budget will be divided between the two states based on a formula.

The full budget will be adopted by the new government or governments that will be in place after the elections, sources said.

This will be the last budget for united AP and the first for Telangana and Seemandhra. The bifurcation Bill has no impact on preparations for the vote on account, which authorises the state government to draw money from the consolidated fund and disburse money for payment of salaries, pensions and to meet essential expenditure.

Meanwhile, Seemandhra ministers are still hopeful of stopping the Bill from being tabled in Parliament.

Around 10 ministers from Seemandhra, Mohd Ahmedullah, Pitani Satyanarayana, Parthasarathy, Anam Ram Narayan Reddy, Erasu Pratap Reddy, Kondru Murali, M Maheedhar Reddy and T G Venkatesh visited the chief minister, who is suffering from a muscle pull on his left shoulder, at his camp office.

Venkatesh hoped that the President, who has wide experience in administration, will withhold the Bill. “Even if the Bill is sent to Parliament, Seemandhra MPs will stop the Bill from being tabled,” he said.

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