No question of leadership change in State for the next two years, says Chief Minister Yeddyurappa
The State budget to be placed before the Legislative Assembly by Chief Minister B.S. Yeddyurappa on February 24 will begin with a presentation on agriculture followed by the allocations for other departments.
Announcing this at an interactive meeting of chiefs of boards and corporations convened by the Bharatiya Janata Party to know their expectations from the forthcoming budget, the Chief Minister said the allocations for the agriculture sector, likely to be presented as a separate booklet, would comprise, among others, four to five allied sectors like sericulture, horticulture, animal husbandry etc.
He termed the proposed special focus on agriculture as the first of its kind in the country and said he was holding consultations with agricultural experts, including Vice-Chancellors of agricultural universities.
Mr. Yeddyurappa asked the chiefs of boards and corporations to come out with innovative and useful proposals to be included in the budget. He urged them o conduct a self review on their contributions for improving the financial health of their organisations.
According to sources, the Chief Minister is learnt to have declared at the meeting that there was no question of leadership change in the State for the next two years and also reportedly ruled out any possibility of a mid-term elections.
According to sources, chiefs of all the boards and corporations were unanimous in demanding more powers for them. They reportedly alleged that they did not have much powers, but for getting an office and a car with a beacon light. Some even suggested that there should be a better coordination between senior officials and chiefs for improving the financial health.
In what appears to be a response to the Karnataka High Court's remarks: “whether the government had become bankrupt”, Chief Minister B.S. Yeddyurappa on Thursday said the State's finances were sound and that it was in the country's forefront in terms of plan and non-plan expenditure as well as per capita income. “We have been able to raise resources without going for high taxes, by just plugging the loopholes,” he remarked.
A Division Bench of the High Court's on Wednesday wondered if the Government had become so bankrupt that it could not even provide basic amenities to the judiciary. “We know how to ensure that the government gets revenue,” the Bench had remarked.