Janata Dal (Secular) member Y.S.V. Datta on Wednesday said the total allocation to agriculture, power, irrigation and rural development and panchayat raj had come down under the Bharatiya Janata Party Government in the State.

Speaking on the budget in the Legislative Council, Mr. Datta said while M. Rajasekhara Murthy and Siddaramaiah as finance ministers had made a total allocation of 62 per cent, 55.57 per cent and 53.6 per cent in 1990-91, 1995-96 and 2005-06 respectively, to these four departments, it had helped farmers in a big way. Trouncing the claim of Chief Minister B.S. Yeddyurappa that he had allocated 44 per cent to these departments, including ten per cent on agriculture for 2011-12, Mr. Datta said it was only an improvement on Mr. Yeddyurappa's budget allocation in the preceding three years. Mr. Yeddyurappa had allocated 38.41 per cent, including nine per cent on agriculture during 2008-09, but reduced it to 38 per cent and 36 per cent during 2009-10 and 2010-11, respectively while maintaining seven per cent on agriculture. The figures show the commitment of the BJP Government towards the welfare of the farmers, he added.

The JD(S) leader said of the 66 new projects that Mr. Yeddyurappa claims to implement this year, 53 had allocations ranging from Rs. 2 crore to Rs. 10 crore, while 10 are partly or fully funded by the Centre.

For CBI probe

Huge funds under the organic farming programme had been diverted to people who had allegiance to the BJP in Dakshina Kannada, Udupi and Shimoga districts and in Sringeri, through a trust. This has to be investigated by the CBI, he said.

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