On an average, the other 27 States spent Rs 770 per capita per year on welfare of these sections of the population, while in Telangana, the State government logged an average spending of Rs. 3,394 per person.
Telangana has been confirmed number one in the country with respect to State government spend on welfare of Scheduled Caste (SC), Scheduled Tribe (ST) and Other Backward Class (OBC) communities, according to a report published by New Delhi-based PRS Legislative Research. The country’s newest State has also been found to be leading in the funds spent on economic and infrastructure development.
These details were released in the report — ‘State of State Finances’ — published in the run up to the Union Budget expected to be presented soon when Parliament meets for its Budget session from January 31.
The report said with respect to increase in expenditure on welfare of SCs, STs and OBCs, Telangana’s spending rose from 5.7 per cent of its budget between 2011 and 2015 to 8.5 per cent between 2015 and 2019 among the 27 States whose welfare spending was studied.
On an average, States spent Rs 770 per capita per year on welfare of these sections of the population, while in Telangana, the State government logged an average spending of Rs 3,394 per person. Goa was second with Rs 2,790, followed by Mizoram with Rs 2,753. Andhra Pradesh came fourth with Rs 2,290 per capita expenditure on welfare programmes.
With respect to economic and infrastructure development, the report said the States averaged a 32 per cent expenditure of their budgets between 2015 and 2019. In Telangana, expenditure under this category – comprising agriculture, energy, rural development, irrigation, roads and bridges, urban development and housing sectors – was nearly double than that of the average with the report saying the State spent 63 per cent of its budget on this front.
Underlining the importance of spending of funds by governments for economic and infrastructure development, the PRS report said: “Expenditure under these sectors leads to creation of infrastructure, the benefits of which accrue to the State over a long term.”