K.N. Venkatasubba Rao
BANGALORE: Unlike last year's budget which made generous allocations for the development of Kannada and culture under various schemes, Chief Minister B.S. Yeddyurappa has this year included schemes that are either already announced or launched under separate account heads in the budget proposal.
The new proposals include Rs. 50 crore for promoting Kannada as classical language, earmarking Rs. 20 crore for establishing Sahyadri Heritage Development Authority in Shimoga, Rs. 3 crore for the construction of Sahitya Bhavan at Gadag, Rs. 2 crore for organising Benagaluru Habba in the name of Nadaprabhu Kempe Gowda and Rs. 1 crore each for the maintenance of Gangubai Hangal Music School at Hubli and the construction of Kumaravyasa (Gadugina Naranappa) memorial at Koliwada.
Some of the schemes and programmes that have reappeared in a new cloak are, Vishwa Kannada Sammelan, Border Area Development Authority (each Rs. 10 crore), construction of Kannada Samskruti Bhavan at Belgaum (Rs. 2 crore) and publications of representative works of Jnanpith award winner Kannada writers (Rs. 1 crore).
The Government has maintained a studied silence over the programmes and projects announced in the previous budget such as a museum for showcasing Kannada heritage to be set up in Bangalore at an estimated Rs. 5 crore, earmarking Rs. 5 crore for purchasing 3,500 Kannada titles for the libraries across the State and oathers.
The Government has pleased Kannada cinema by promising to release Rs. 4 crore for the Rajkumar Memorial and Rs. 10 crore to the proposed Vishnuvardhan memorial and contributing Rs. 50 lakh to the Film Artistes and Workers Welfare Fund.
The budget has promised to provide Rs. 5 crore for the construction of Media Bhavan in Bangalore and Rs. 3 crore each for the district media bhavans in all the districts. It has also promised to provide a grant of Rs. 1 crore for the Media Academy and enhance the monthly honorarium to the eligible journalists from the existing Rs. 1,000 to Rs. 2,000.