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Updated: May 14, 2013 09:36 IST

Poor to get rice at Re. 1 a kg

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Chief Minister Siddaramaiah addressing a press conference after the swearing-in ceremony in Bangalore on Monday. Photo: V. Sreenivasa Murthy
The Hindu Chief Minister Siddaramaiah addressing a press conference after the swearing-in ceremony in Bangalore on Monday. Photo: V. Sreenivasa Murthy

Siddaramaiah announces implementation of several promises in manifesto

Hours after being sworn in as Chief Minister, Siddaramaiah announced the implementation of several promises made in the Congress poll manifesto, including providing rice at Re. 1 a kg to poor families through the Public Distribution System from June 1.

Soon after taking oath, he held a meeting with top government officials in his office at the Vidhana Soudha. Later, addressing his first press conference as Chief Minister, he announced the immediate implementation of various schemes that would benefit 1.38 crore families and cost the State exchequer Rs. 4,409.81 crore in 2013-14.

The scheme of 1 kg of rice at Re. 1 (maximum of 30 kg per family each month) will benefit 98.17 lakh below the poverty line (BPL) families, and the subsidy will cost the government Rs. 460 crore a year. The BJP government had distributed 20 kg of rice per family at Rs. 3 a kg.

Loan waiver

In another major decision, he announced that loans borrowed by members of the Scheduled Castes, the Scheduled Tribes, other backward classes and minorities from State-run corporations would be waived.

Loans totalling Rs. 349 crore borrowed by SC and ST beneficiaries from the Ambedkar Development Corporation were waived. A total of 1.87 lakh SC families would be benefit from waiver. The outstanding principal and interest arrears stood at Rs. 186 crore and Rs. 91 crore respectively (total Rs. 277.72 crore). Loans borrowed by 40,072 ST families amounting to Rs. 68.69 crore were also waived.

The Chief Minister also waived loans amounting to Rs. 514.26 crore of 4.98 lakh persons from other backward classes from the Devaraj Urs Corporation. Loans totalling Rs. 362 crore due from members of minority communities to various corporations, including the Minorities Development Corporation, were also waived to benefit three lakh people.

Support price for milk

Mr. Siddaramaiah increased the incentive for milk producers from Rs. 2 to Rs. 4 a litre with immediate effect. A total of 7.5 lakh milk producers will benefit, and the subsidy will amount to Rs. 496 crore a year. The BJP government had granted an incentive of Rs. 2 a litre.

Housing subsidy up

In a major boost to housing schemes, the Chief Minister said the government subsidy for construction of houses under various schemes such as Ashraya, Ambedkar, Indira Awas would be enhanced from Rs. 75,000 per unit to Rs 1.20 lakh. Each beneficiary has to contribute Rs. 30,000.

About three lakh houses would be constructed in 2013-14 and the government would incur an expenditure of Rs. 1,960 crore. A sum of Rs. 500 crore would be spent under the Indira Awas housing scheme alone. Mr. Siddaramaiah said the government was committed to making the State hut-free in the next five years.

Bhagya Jyothi

The Government has decided to restore power supply to all households under the Bhagya Jyothi scheme. Mr. Siddaramaiah said the BJP government had disconnected electricity for non-payment of bills totalling Rs. 268 crore. Nearly 20 lakh BPL households have Bhagya Jyothi connections.

Certain sections of society have no problems with corruption blowing a
huge hole in the state exchequer but get lots of pains personally when
the poor get some so-called freebies. As if the state exchequer belongs
to only the privileged ones.

from:  Yashwanth P
Posted on: May 15, 2013 at 00:18 IST

Is he not the same guy who used to shout from rooftops that the BJP government has left the state's coffers empty?
Pray where then is the money to fund all these and do they not impact the treasury?????
This guy is a old hand,has been a finance minister and Deputy CM twice.I don't remember one thing that he did which can be called memorable.His only achievement(if it can be called that)is starting AHINDA,an organization to consolidate people only on the basis of caste.
It's a shame that so called intellectuals like Girish Karnad,U R Ananthmurthy(who have lost all sense of reason in their blind BJP hatred)and the generally Pro congress media is calling his elevation as CM the best thing to have happened to Karnataka.
History will show that he is no different and I will be happy to be proved wrong

from:  Ajay
Posted on: May 14, 2013 at 18:42 IST

Perfect example of how not to run a government. These loans were given with a good intention of helping people succeed in their lives. What is the point of taking away the incentive for working hard. This is absolute misuse of government powers to giveaway freebies using someone else hard earned money.

from:  chethan
Posted on: May 14, 2013 at 18:01 IST

Government should think of ways to make the people work and earn their livelyhood. Freebies in any form will have to be stopped.

from:  Sankar
Posted on: May 14, 2013 at 14:09 IST

Oh CM, Kindly review your offerings as a new CM. The offers are going to
hit the exchequer very badly, which will ultimately hit the members of
the state public community at later times. Let the community lead the
same life as of now. Instead try to get new resources to make State
wealthy and for her welfare.

from:  Venkata SRB
Posted on: May 14, 2013 at 09:33 IST
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