How big is Hyderabad’s share in Andhra Pradesh revenues?

Gautam Pingle of Administrative Staff College of India, Hyderabad does a great job in clearing the mist around this debate.

He nicely points how several media articles had misleading analysis showing Hyderabad has a very high share in AP’s tax revenues. This chaos was not even cleared by the AP politicos as they were busy trying to get more mileage out of the divide:

The picture is now clearer after the last 14 weeks of fudging in the media and wild speculation among the public. This
is entirely because the chief minister and his Seemandhra colleagues had a vested interest in sowing confusion. With selected leaks of exaggerated fi gures to the media they wished to convince the central government that Seemandhra needed a share of Hyderabad revenues and that it was necessary to maintain a special status for Hyderabad even after the creation of Telangana.

Unfortunately, neither the bureaucracy nor the media have played a positive role and helped clear the confusion. Instead, the bureaucracy by its silence and the media by not verifying the unsubstantiated stories fed to it, have added to the confusion. Here the Government of India also seemed helpless in bringing clarity to the issues at hand and was unable to ensure even a modicum of cooperation from the chief minister and Government of Andhra Pradesh.

The reality was much lower:

But finally, the bubble has burst. On 8 November 2013, The Asian Age/Deccan Chronicle carried the official release. Quoting Delhi sources it said, A note that was circulated by the Union Finance Ministry after getting inputs from the State Finance Department states that Hyderabad city only contributed Rs 20,022 crore of the state’s total revenue of Rs 1,27,866 crore in 2012-13. The break-up is as follows:

  • Hyderabad Rs 20,022 crore,
  • Telangana (other than Hyderabad district) Rs 41,391 crore,
  • Rayalaseema Rs 18,215 crore and
  • coastal  Andhra Rs 47,937 crore.

Nice bit..

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