`If the need arises, funds from other departments will be diverted to it'
`State aware of A.P. plans in Krishna basin' Allocations to religious maths defended
GULBARGA: Deputy Chief Minister B.S. Yediyurappa said here on Thursday that the Government would raise the allocation for irrigation and not fall behind in efforts to create infrastructure to utilise the expected allocation of additional water available in the Krishna by the Brajesh Kumar Tribunal.
Addressing presspersons before leaving for Bijapur to participate in the Vikas Yatra programme, Mr. Yediyurappa said the State was aware of the attempts made by Andhra Pradesh to create permanent infrastructure by allocating Rs. 16,000 crore for irrigation this year in the budget to lay claim on the unutilised additional water in the river.
He said if the need arose, the Government would also permit the diversion of funds from other departments to take up the irrigation projects in the Krishna basin. The Government would work towards mobilising funds for new projects in the basin.
Mr. Yediyurappa denied allegations of the Opposition that allocation for irrigation in the 2007-08 budget had been reduced by Rs. 1,000 crore compared to that in 2006-07. In fact, he said, the allocation made for irrigation this year was Rs. 440 crore more than that of the previous year.
Mr. Yediyurappa listed out the achievements of the coalition Government and attacked the Congress for belittling them.
He said he was not perturbed by the criticism by the Congress leaders against him, and that the support to the Government from different sections and spontaneous response to the Vikas Yatra provided the answer to his critics.
The Deputy Chief Minister defended the allocations made to religious maths in the budget and said whatever had been set aside was not much when compared to their contribution in the spheres of education and social service.
Reacting to the criticism of Janata Dal (S) president and former Prime Minister H.D. Deve Gowda in this regard, Mr. Yediyurappa said he would meet Mr. Gowda and explain the circumstances under which the allocations were made.
On whether the Janata Dal (S) was taken into confidence before making the allocations, Mr. Yediyurappa said everything in the budget was discussed.
Referring to the remarks by Mr. Gowda on the Vikas Yatra that development could not be achieved by taking out such yatras, Mr. Yediyurappa said he did not expect the leader of another party to appreciate the programmes of his (BJP) party.
However, the Deputy Chief Minister complimented Mr. Gowda for appreciating the budget proposals in general.
To a question, Mr Yediyurappa termed as minor the differences between BJP and Janata Dal (S) on various issues.
"When we look at the differences in the UPA Government, our so-called differences are minor."