Facts first: The Budget 2018-19 of Telangana Government presents a rosy picture of growing revenue surplus. Revenue surplus is obtained by subtracting the revenue expenditure of the state from the revenue receipts (tax and non-tax revenues) of the state. The more the revenue surplus, the healthy the economy of the state. TRS Government shows rising revenue surplus through the years: Rs. 1,385 Crores in 2016-17 (Actuals), Rs. 1,545 Crores in 2017-18 (Revised Estimate) and Rs. 5,520 Crores (Budget Estimate) in 2018-19.
Accounting Fraud: However, as per CAG's (Comptroller and Auditor General) report on Telangana state finances for 2016-17, the revenue surplus of Rs. 1,386 Crores has been overstated by Rs. 6,778 Crores.