Drastic cut in Budget allocation will affect the service sector: Siddaramaiah
`No prominence being given to improving tax generation'
Sindhanur (Raichur district): A drastic reduction in Budget allocations will adversely affect progress in the service and the development sectors, the former Finance Minister and MLA Siddaramaiah has said.
He was talking to mediapersons after attending a mass marriage function in Sindhanur on Monday.
Deputy Chief Minister and Finance Minister B.S. Yediyurappa had not given prominence to improving tax generation in accordance with the projected expenditure in the various sectors.
It had been limited to Rs. 17,000 crore as against the requirement of about Rs. 21,000 crore.
The deficit in this regard would adversely affect the service and development sectors, he said. The Government had not shown interest in achieving the expected development in the irrigation sector. The budgetary allocation for the sector was 17 per cent, which was lower than that in the previous Budget.
There was fear that the State might have to face problems in utilising its allocated share of Krishna and Cauvery water, he said.
To a query, Mr. Siddaramaiah said that the Government might fall immediately after Mr. Yediyurappa would stake claim to the post of Chief Minister.
The former Prime Minister and Janata Dal (secular) leader H.D. Deve Gowda had been creating adverse circumstances that would avoid any claim by the BJP. However, he felt that there would not be any immediate threat to the coalition Government completing its full term if H.D. Kumaraswamy continued as Chief Minister, he said. To another question, Mr. Siddaramaiah that the loan waiver scheme would not serve any purpose if it was not extended to loans from nationalised banks.
On the "failure" of the Government in implementing the recommendations of the H.S. Chiniwal Committee with regard to moderinsation of canal systems under the Tungabhadra project, Mr. Siddaramaiah said that the Government, which had promised to allocate Rs. 250 crore in the Budget, had failed to fulfil the demand of ayacutdars.
The former Chief Minister and Opposition Leader in the Legislative Assembly N. Dharam Singh said that the coalition would fall any movement if the BJP would make the demand of making Mr. Yediyurappa Chief Minister.
In case of such a turn of events, the Congress had no intention to join hands with the JD (S) once again, he said.