It is expected to net additional Rs. 2,500 crore this year
`All budgeted works will be provided the funds required' Departments told to ensure that funds are appropriately utilised
Bangalore: Karnataka is expected to net a whopping Rs. 2,500 crore or more of additional resources in the current year.
Deputy Chief Minister B.S. Yediyurappa, who holds the Finance portfolio, told presspersons here on Wednesday that Karnataka had scored over all other States in the matter of additional resource mobilisation and this had enabled the State to introduce several welfare schemes apart from providing adequate funds for infrastructure works, including maintenance of roads by the Public Works Department.
Good resource mobilisation has been attributed to tight enforcement and plugging of loopholes which hitherto was one of the main reasons for revenue leakage.
The Government has said that all budgeted works would be provided the requisite funds and that it was now for the implementing departments to ensure that the funds earmarked were appropriately utilised.
Nearly 10 lakh families have been covered under a variety of welfare schemes, so far.
With the sales tax on petroleum products being very high in Karnataka in comparison with other States, the Government was also contemplating a reduction and a discussion would be held with Chief Minister H.D. Kumaraswamy. It may be recalled that all Congress-ruled States had refrained from a sales tax increase during the recent hike in the prices of petroleum products while Karnataka had proportionately increased the sales tax.
Mr. Yediyurappa said while the resource mobilisation between February and October last year by four important revenue generating departments was Rs. 10,451 crore, it was Rs. 12,844 crore this year and the total additional resources thus generated was Rs. 2,393 crore.
In the current year's budget, the Government had set a revenue growth target of 25 per cent and by all accounts this would be surpassed.
He said that most of the additional resources had been generated by the Commercial Tax Department, the Stamps and Registrations Department, the Excise Department and the Transport Department. With reference to the frequent criticism of the Government by the Congress, the Deputy Chief Minister said the Opposition had been after the coalition Government from day one.
"Even the Opposition, particularly the Congress, has been surprised by our achievements in resource mobilisation. The Congress has nothing to say against the implementation of development works."
On the Chamundeshwari Assembly byelection, he said the common candidate of the BJP and the JD (S) Shivabasappa would be triumphant and Chief Minister H.D. Kumaraswamy and he would commence their joint campaign from Friday.
The services of national leaders of the BJP would not be enlisted for the campaign since it was not necessary. "Let us see how the situation develops. I am sure after the election, Congress candidate Siddaramaiah will float a new political party since he will be out of the Congress after his defeat," he said.
Mr. Yediyurappa also welcomed the decision of the U.L. Bhat Commission of Inquiry into the mining scam to enlist the support of the Central Bureau of Investigation.
"It is now for the Congress and its representatives to appear before the commission. All of us want the truth to be unravelled," he said.