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Updated: March 22, 2012 10:11 IST

‘Focus is on inclusive growth'

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Karnataka Chief Minister D.V. Sadananda Gowda addressing the media after the presentation of budget for the year 2012-13 at Vidhana Soudha. Photo: V Sreenivasa Murthy
Karnataka Chief Minister D.V. Sadananda Gowda addressing the media after the presentation of budget for the year 2012-13 at Vidhana Soudha. Photo: V Sreenivasa Murthy

Chief Minister D.V. Sadananda Gowda said that the government has focused on four objectives — growth, inclusion, good governance and rationalisation of taxes — in the State Budget 2012-13 that was tabled in the Legislative Assembly on Wednesday.

Addressing mediapersons here after the presentation of the budget, Mr. Gowda said besides these, the budget has tried to consolidate the initiatives started in earlier years, and ensures adequate funding for all schemes.

Pay revision for the employees of the government called for substantial resources. “Our staff is the strength of the government,” he claimed. Noting that fiscal discipline has been maintained, Mr. Gowda said: “My conscience says I have presented a good budget.” Borrowings have been limited to 3 per cent of the Gross State Domestic Product.

Steps will be taken to streamline implementation of various welfare schemes and to ensure transparency in the administration, he said. “There is a need to provide good governance to ensure faster and better delivery of services to the citizens. The policy of inclusion ensures all sections of the society receive the fruits of development,” he said.

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