AP Legislature staff move to Amaravati from Hyderabad

Amaravati: The staff of the Andhra Pradesh Legislature shifted from Hyderabad to the State’s new capital Amaravati were on Monday, ahead of the Budget session that begins in the new Legislature complex at Velagapudi on March 6.

Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu will inaugurate the new building on March 2.

The TDP Government had plans to get Prime Minister Narendra Modi for the event, which, however, did not materialise.

Assembly Speaker Kodela Sivaprasada Rao and Legislative Affairs Minister Yanamala Ramakrishnudu welcomed the Legislature staff and later inspected the State of the works and the allocation of chambers.

“Everything is in place and the Budget session will begin on March 6 with an address by the Governor to the joint session of the Council and the Assembly. The Budget for 2017-18 will be presented to the House on March 13 followed by a separate budget for agriculture,” Yanamala told reporters on the occasion.

“We will decide on the exact dates at the Business Advisory Committee meeting on the 6th,” Yanamala, who is also the Finance Minister, said.

Andhra Pradesh Finance Minister Yanamala Ramakrishnudu on Monday announced that the General and Agriculture budget would be presented in the Assembly in Amaravati on March 13.

Addressing the media, the Minister said that a joint session of the legislature would be conducted on March 6 and currently they are busy preparing the budget with revenue and capital expenditure keeping in view the suggestions given by the Centre.

Yanamala Ramakrishnudu added that the budget would be presented before Ugadi festival and urged the members of the Assembly to utilize the new building to resolve public issues.

He also clarified that the AP government is ready to hold discussions on all the issues raised by the Opposition.

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