Of the Rs. 720 crore allocated, Rs. 500 crore will go to KNNL

A major share of allocation made under the Special Development Plan for 2013–14 for implementing the recommendations of the High-Powered Committee for Redressal of Regional Imbalances (HPCRRI), headed by the late D.M. Nanjundappa, has gone to water resources, urban development, education and infrastructure development.

A sum of Rs. 2,925.60 crore has been allocated for implementation of recommendations of HPCRRI in 114 taluks identified by the committee as most backward, more backward, and backward in the State.

The HPCRRI in its recommendations submitted in June 2002 had sought Rs. 31,000 crore — Rs. 15,000 crore as normal budgetary allocation and Rs. 16,000 crore as special allocation — for eight years to develop backward taluks identified by it.

It had also said that 40 per cent of the special allocation should be spent on Gulbarga division that had a majority of the most backward taluks, 25 per cent on Bangalore division, 20 per cent on Belgaum division and 15 per cent on Mysore division. As per the allocation made, the Water Resources Department has been earmarked Rs. 720 crore, of which Rs. 500 crore would be given to Karnataka Neeravari Nigam Ltd., Rs. 40 crore to take up new works and Rs. 180 crore for command area development.

The Urban Development Department has been allocated Rs. 350 crore, of which Rs. 200 crore was for the Karnataka Municipal Reforms Project and Rs. 150 crore for Northern Karnataka Urban Sector Investment Programme.

A sum of Rs. 246 crore has been earmarked for the housing sector.

While Ashraya Scheme gets Rs. 18 crore, Vajpayee Urban Housing Scheme has been provided Rs. 48 crore, Indira Awas Yojana Rs. 40 crore and Rs. 20 crore each for providing houses to the weaker sections.

A sum of Rs. 218 crore has been earmarked for infrastructure development, of which Rs. 110 crore is for cost sharing of new railway projects, Rs. 60 crore for the Bidar–Gulbarga new railway line and Rs. 48 crore for development of minor airports.

The government has allocated Rs. 292 crore for Rural Development and Panchayat Raj, of which a major share of Rs. 250 crore has been earmarked for rural water supply schemes. A sum of Rs. 213 crore has been earmarked for the education sector, followed by Rs. 150 crore for public works, Rs. 172.60 crore for energy sector, Rs. 120 crore for information tourism and youth services, Rs. 115 crore for agriculture and horticulture, Rs. 70 crore for health and family welfare, Rs. 64 crore for women and child development programme, Rs. 60 crore for home and transport, Rs. 45 crore for commerce and industry, Rs. 40 crore for social welfare, Rs. 30 crore for Labour Department and Rs. 20 crore for science and technology.

  • Urban Development Department gets Rs. 350 cr.

  • Rs. 213 crore has been earmarked for the education sector

  • Of the Rs. 720 crore allocated,

    Rs. 500 crore will go to KNNL