Staff Correspondent

`Many bold decisions taken in the budget'

  • Opposition termed the promises impossible to keep
  • `We have shown strong will to implement tough decisions'

    DAVANGERE: Chief Minister H.D. Kumaraswamy said the coalition government had kept all its promises made all these days by publishing it in the budget, which was presented on Friday and this had again humbled the Opposition parties of no issue to raise against the ruling parties.

    However, the Opposition parties, particularly the Congress, which made it a habit to criticise the Government for the sake of criticism, he said. The Opposition should make healthy criticisms that should be an eye-opener to the Government.

    The Chief Minister was speaking to reporters at Harihar Poly Fibres airstrip at Harihar.

    He said the Congress had been saying all these days that the Government had been giving impossible assurances such as ban on sale of arrack and lottery. "We have proved that if a government is committed and has a strong will it can take bold decisions like ban on sale of arrack and lottery. The Government has taken measures to prevent the sale of illicit liquor at the same time and it will soon recruit required staff for this and bring in new laws to effectively implement the ban on sale of arrack and lotteries," he said.

    Old age pension, increase in the widow pension and financial help to women's self-help groups were some of the pro-people programmes that had been introduced by the Government, the Chief Minister.

    The Government had earmarked Rs. 1,500 crore to introduce different schemes as per the D.M. Nanjundappa Committee Report on Redressal of Regional Imbalances, he said.

    Tamil Nadu Chief Minister M. Karunanidhi had reportedly appreciated the village stay of Mr. Kumaraswamy and he had said that he too was willing to visit villages and stay there for a day but his age did not permit him. Mr. Karunanidhi had instructed his Cabinet colleagues, MLAs and all government officers to visit the villages extensively so that problems there could be studied and schemes chalked out, Mr. Kumaraswamy said.

    When the village stay had become a model to other states, the Opposition had been making unfair criticism about it, the Chief Minister said and asked whether any Chief Minister had done it in the past.

    The Congress could not tolerate the popularity of the Government, he said.

    To a question, he said he took the Government employees to task not on the basis of one or two isolated incidents and he said that he was fed up by officials' apathy towards the poor. He said he wanted to streamline the administration wherein all schemes and programmes should reach to the needy beneficiaries. The officials should not harass poor people, he said and his village stay was aimed at motivating officers to tour villages extensively and address the problems of the people there.

    His recent village stays at different places had prompted the Government to introduce more schemes for the poor, aged people and widow.

    Referring to the local body elections, Mr. Kumaraswamy said the party would leave it to the district units to have electoral alliance with the BJP.