To underline the fact that the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) government is according priority to protection of Kannada language and culture, the allocation for programmes aimed at strengthening these sectors has gone up by Rs. 69 crore in the budget.
A sum of Rs. 269 crore has been provided for promotion of Kannada and Culture activities, as against the allocation of Rs. 200 crore in 2011-12. The hoisting of Kannada flags has been made compulsory in all government offices, schools and colleges on November 1 to mark Rajyotsava.
A sum of Rs. 5 crore has been provided to Kannada Development Authority (KDA), besides Rs. 2 crore to the construction of a cultural centre and other infrastructure at Jigani by the Swami Vivekananda Yoga Anusandhana Samsthe.
To promote Kambala, an annual buffalo race in coastal Karnataka, a financial support of Rs. 1 crore has been extended to organise the event. “Kambala will be documented as cultural programme,” Mr. Sadananda Gowda said.
A sum of Rs. 3 crore has been given to the Shilpakala Academy to encourage sculptors to avail themselves of training and take up temple architecture works. A grant of Rs. 1 crore has been allocated to develop 14 new heritage sites along with the existing six.
Kuvempu Pratisthana of Kuppalli is another beneficiary with a grant of Rs. 5 crore for its development. A grant of Rs. 2 crore has been earmarked for constructing Rani Abbakka Bhavan in Ullala in Dakshina Kannada in memory of great warrior of the region.
Extending a special subsidy of Rs. 25 lakh that was being given to two children's films to four films now is the only solace to the Kannada film industry, which demanded the extension of subsidy to Kannada films from the present 50 to 75.
In a gesture to media, honorarium for senior journalists has been increased to Rs. 3,000 and family pension to Rs. 1,000.
Rs. 269 crore has been provided for the sector It was Rs. 200 crore in the 2011-12 budget
Rs. 269 crore has been provided for the sector
It was Rs. 200 crore in the 2011-12 budget