In her customary address to the joint sitting of the state legislature, she said: “According to the present assessment, the anticipated per-capita income and GSDP by the end of 2020-21 Financial Year would likely to be Rs.2,27,145 and Rs.9,78,373 crores respectively.”
Observing that the state has been increasing its revenue resources with strict fiscal discipline, she said the state had increased its revenues and stood first in the country with 17.24 per cent average annual growth rate, from 2014 (when the state was formed) to 2019.
The state’s GSDP was Rs 4,51,580 crore in 2013-14 and it increased by 114.71 per cent to reach Rs 9,69,604 crore by 2019-20, she said.
In 2013-14, the per capita income in Telangana was Rs 1,12,162 and by 2019-20, it was Rs 2,28,216, she said.
The governor said Rs 54,052 crore was spent in Telangana as capital expenditure from 2004 to 2014, while Rs 2.30 lakh crore was spent as capital expenditure from 2014-20 from both budget and non-budget funds.
Telangana stood one among the top five states in the country, with the best performance in increasing its own resources, taking loans within the limits of FRBM, to increase the capital expenditure, she said.
“This was mentioned in ‘State of State Finances report’ which was recently released by the PRS Legislative Research. This is an ample proof of the state’s financial prudence and fiscal discipline,” Soundararajan said.
Noting that the “economic recession” all over the country in FY 2019-20, coupled with COVID-19 pandemic in 2020-21 has had an adverse impact on the state finances, she said the state government, however, implemented strategies to face every challenging situation and ensured that the state economy had not slipped out of hands.
It was a proud moment for the state when the economic survey 2020-21 presented in Parliament declared that Telangana was one of the few states that could recover economically faster from the financial crisis created by the pandemic, the governor said.
On COVID-19, she said the state is doing much better in managing the pandemic in comparison with the national averages vis-a-vis deaths and recoveries.
The COVID-19 vaccination programme is being conducted successfully in the state and the government has made necessary arrangements with the aim of vaccinating 50 lakh people, she added.
Soundararajan spoke at length on the various development and welfare programmes of the state government.