Laiqh A Khan

This is owing to hike in prices of essential commodities

Rs. 20 crore for starting such model hostels in 10 districts

Rs. 150 crore for developing Morarji Desai and Kittur Chennamma residential schools

BANGALORE: In view of the rise in prices of essential commodities, the State Government has proposed to increase the monthly allocation towards food for each inmate of hostels for Scheduled Castes, Scheduled Tribes and Backward Classes.

Presenting the State Budget for 2010-11, Chief Minister B.S. Yeddyurappa said the monthly allocation for food to each student would be increased from Rs. 600 to Rs. 650 in pre-Matric hostels and from Rs. 650 to Rs. 750 in post-Matric hostels.

During the last year, an increase was made in rates of food charges per student from Rs. 400 to Rs. 600 a month in respect of pre-Matric hostels and from Rs. 450 to Rs. 650 a month for post-Matric hostels.

There are a total of 1,683 hostels for students belonging to the SC and 186 for students belonging to ST, besides 1,760 hostels for students from Backward Classes.

An amount of Rs. 150 crore had been set aside during the year for developing the 14 Morarji Desai residential schools and 114 Kittur Chennamma residential schools for girls started during 2009-10, besides constructing necessary buildings for 150 schools.

The State Government has also proposed to establish new model hostels at district level for students from all categories and classes, Rs. 20 crore has been provided for starting such model hostels in 10 districts.

An amount of Rs 20 crore will be provided for building Jagjivan Ram Bhavans in 10 districts of the State.

During 2009-10, provisions had been made for Special Component Plan (TCP) and Tribal Sub Plan (TSP) of Rs. 2916.6 crore and Rs. 1,144 crore respectively. In the year 2010-11, the amount has been increased to Rs. 3,358.78 and Rs 1,344.19 crore respectively. The State Government has earmarked an amount of Rs. 20 crore for activities of communities from Backward Classes such as Kammara, Kumbara, Akkasaliga, Agasa and others working in traditional occupations.

The budget earmarks Rs. 3 crore to establish Kumbakala Abhivruddhi Mandali, he said.

An amount of Rs.1 crore each will be provided for construction of community halls for Daivagya Brahmins of Uttara Kannada district and Bhalavallikar community at Manipal.