Special Correspondent

Bangalore: The Legislative Assembly on Thursday passed the Appropriation Bill 2009-10 for Rs.10,009.28 crore.

Replying to the debate initiated by Leader of the Opposition Siddaramaiah, Chief Minister B.S. Yeddyurappa said that the Reserve Bank of India and Finance Commission had commended the State Government's efforts in collecting taxes, despite economic slowdown, as compared to other States.

Mr. Yeddyurappa informed the House that there was improvement in tax mobilisation in the last four to five months and assured that pilferage would be reduced. Mr. Siddaramaiah criticised the Government for diverting funds from one department to another, owing to shortage of funds, and including ongoing works in revised estimates. “Of the Rs. 29,500 crore budget allocation, only Rs. 12,400 crore had been spent till January and it could spend Rs.10,000 crore only before March-end,” he added.