Bommai dubs budget a bunch of contradictions

Dubbing the budget presented by Chief Minister Siddaramaiah as a “bunch of contradictions”, the former Water Resources Minister Basavaraj Bommai said in the Legislative Assembly that the government speaks about formation of the Agriculture Prices Commission on the one hand, and affirms its commitment on implementing the report of the Agriculture Market Reforms Committee from this year on the other.

The report, submitted to the Union government in 2012, recommended doing away with the regulation of agricultural marketing and argued against Minimum Support Price, he said.

Questioning the decision to allow Foreign Direct Investment in multi-brand retail, he sought to know how it would protect the interests of farmers. He urged the Chief Minister to commence the process of raising the height of Alamatti reservoir to ease the water crisis in Bagalkot and take up work on modernisation of canals as it has the sanction of the Central Water Commission. Leader of the Opposition H.D. Kumaraswamy shared Mr. Bommai’s views. President of the Karnataka Rajya Raitha Sangha, Puttannaiah said the implementation of the Agriculture Market Reforms Committee report would be detrimental to the interest of farmers.