Special Correspondent

Common man is not burdened, says Ananth Kumar

BANGALORE: The Bharatiya Janata Party has termed the State budget presented by its leader and Chief Minister B.S. Yeddyurappa on Friday as “pro-people and development oriented”.

BJP national general secretary H.N. Ananth Kumar and party State unit president K.S. Eshwarappa hailed the budget as the one which has given priority for several key sectors.

Mr. Kumar said the budget had taken steps to ensure that common man was not burdened. The budget had given importance to key sectors such as agriculture, social, urban development, education, health, rural infrastructure development, irrigation, urban development and housing, he noted.

The budget has earmarked Rs. 18,872 crore to be used in the next three years towards improving infrastructure facilities in Bangalore, including water supply, roads and metro rail, he pointed out.

He welcomed the allocation of Rs. 600 crore towards the State's share in important railway projects.

Mr. Eshwarappa said the budget had given priority for the welfare of farmers, backward classes, minorities and women by providing more allocation to them.

Emphasis had been provided for the development of agriculture and irrigation sectors besides urban development through various schemes.

He claimed that steps had been taken to ensure that poor people were not burdened.

Mr. Eshwarappa said the improvement in the State's economic condition was an indication that the Chief Minister, who also holds Finance portfolio, had managed the finances well in the previous fiscal.

He noted that Mr. Yeddyurappa had displayed financial discipline by reducing the expenditure.