Overspending proves costly as Andhra govt admits to not having money to pay staff

News Agencies | First published: 10 November 2016, 15:17 IST

Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Chandrababu Naidu said on 9 November that the state government does not have enough money to pay its staff despite a hike in its revenues in the first half of the fiscal year.

"We have no money for salaries. We are already running on a huge overdraft," Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu said.

The state recorded a 12.26% growth rate in the first quarter of the fiscal and is eyeing a 15% annual growth.

The state's revenue earnings rose to Rs 22,800 crore in the first half of 2016-17 financial year as against Rs 20,166 crore in corresponding period last year, a 13.05% increase. But what has become worrisome is the mounting revenue deficit which stood at Rs 6,641 crore during the first half of this fiscal.

In fact, the government estimated an overall revenue deficit of Rs 4,868 crore in 2016-17, but increased spending has widened gap.

"There is heavy pressure on government expenditure and adjustment of finances has become problematic," Finance Minister Yanamala Ramakrishnudu said.

While the state estimated its borrowings to be Rs 20,497 crore during the year, the government has already borrowed Rs 13,673 crore.