Special Correspondent

Bangalore: BJP leader and former Chief Minister B.S. Yeddyurappa has accused Governor Rameshwar Thakur of not giving due attention to the schemes meant for the welfare of minorities and the backward classes.

He told presspersons here on Monday that programmes aimed at removing the regional imbalance had also not been implemented.

Mr. Thakur’s attitude showed that the Government was not interested in the welfare of the poor, the backward classes and the exploited sections of society, and the development of the State, he charged.

The H.D. Kumaraswamy Government had earmarked Rs. 1, 571.50 crore for the implementation of the D.M. Nanjundappa Committee Report. But the Government had spent Rs. 717 crore only till December.

This showed that the Government had ignored the development of 114 backward taluks after President’s Rule was imposed. It spent only Rs. 7.8 lakh towards Sandhya Suraksha programme till January this year, though the budget allocation was Rs. 250 crore, he said.

Mr. Yeddyurappa said that the 2007-08 budget had allocated Rs.50 crore under the Amrita scheme for providing cows and buffaloes to 50,000 poor women such as widows and Devadasis. But there had been no progress in this regard, except for the issue of an official order, the former Chief Minister said.

The erstwhile Janata Dal (S)-BJP coalition had allocated Rs. 2,560 crore for the welfare of Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes. It had earmarked Rs. 3 crore for the construction of a Babu Jagjivan Ram Centenary Bhavan, Rs. 10 crore for Lambani Development Corporation and Rs. 3 crore for a Lambani Bhavan, and there had been no significant progress on these fronts, he charged.

Although the overall outlay in the 2007-08 budget was Rs. 17,788.75 crore, the Government had spent Rs. 9,322.4 crore till December, Mr. Yeddyurappa said.