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PNS|Hyderabad

The Telangana government’s expenditure on education, health, rural development, urban development, police, roads and bridges is lower than the average allocation by states in 2022-23. This is as per the Telangana Budget analysis 2023-24 done by PRS India.

The report compared Telangana’s expenditure in 2023-24 in six key sectors as a proportion of its total expenditure in all sectors. Telangana allocated 7.6% of its expenditure on education in 2023-24. This is 14.8% lower than the average allocation for education by states in 2022-23.

The average for a sector indicates the average expenditure in that sector by 31 states including Telangana as per their budget estimates for 2022-23.

Telangana allocated 5% of its total expenditure for health, which is less than the average allocation for health by states which is 6.3%. Telangana allocated 3.6% of its expenditure on rural development. This is lower than the average allocation for rural development by states which is 5.7%. Telangana allocated 2.8% of its expenditure for urban development. This is lower than the average allocation towards urban development by states which is 3.5%.

Telangana allocated 3.6% of its expenditure for the police, which is lower than the average expenditure on police by states which comes to 4.3%.

Telangana allocated 3.7% of its total expenditure for roads and bridges, which is lower than the average allocation by states which is 4.5%.

The 31 states include the Union Territories of Delhi, Jammu and Kashmir and Puducherry.

PRS India used data from the Annual Financial Statement of the Telangana Budget 2023-24 and various other state budgets.

PRS also noted that an estimation for allocation towards salaries in 2023-24 is not available. 10 sectors account for 69% of the total expenditure by the state in 2023-24. The sectors are SC welfare, ST, OBC, minorities, agriculture and allied activities, social welfare and nutrition, education, sports, arts, and culture, energy, health and family welfare, housing, irrigation and flood control, transport and police.

Expenditure (excluding debt repayment) in 2023-34 is estimated to be Rs 2,77,690 crore, an increase of 23% over the revised estimates of 2022-23. In addition, a debt of Rs 12,706 crore will be repaid by the state in 2023-24.

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