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N. Dharam Singh
N. Dharam Singh

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Planning Commission has opposed loan waiver: Dharam Singh

BANGALORE: Leader of Opposition in the Legislative Assembly N. Dharam Singh on Friday asked Deputy Chief Minister B.S. Yediyurappa how he would meet the deficit of Rs. 9,000 crore that would arise as a result of loan waivers, abolition of arrack, pay commission recommendations and stamps and registration cutbacks.

Speaking to presspersons here, Mr. Dharam Singh demanded that Mr. Yediyurappa, who also holds the Finance portfolio, to come out with details on how he would find resources in his budget for implementing these programmes. He said the Planning Commission had objected to loan waiver amounting to Rs. 4,000 crore and curtailing arrack revenue to the extent of Rs. 2,000 crore.

Mr. Dharam Singh said the Government had to shell out Rs. 1,500 crore if it wanted to keep its promise of implementing the Pay Commission recommendations. The Government had failed to release Rs. 25 crore to professional colleges towards the fees of Scheduled Caste and Scheduled Tribe students who have been issued notices by the college managements. The Bhagyalakshmi scheme was yet to see the light of day.

Not one rupee of the Rs. 100 crore for the Jawaharlal Nehru Urban Renewal Mission in north Karnataka towns funded by the Asian Development Bank has been spent, he said.

Election

Mr. Dharam Singh urged the Government to respond to the State Election Commission's letter on elections to the urban local bodies without any delay. The Congress leader dubbed as baseless the reports in the media that the party president Sonia Gandhi had met the Janata Dal (S) president H.D. Deve Gowda in New Delhi. He said that Mr. Deve Gowda was free to hand over power to the Bharatiya Janata Party for the next 20-month term.

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