Chief Minister Jagadish Shettar on Thursday announced grants to more than 25 maths and religious institutions running schools/colleges and hospitals in what he called an effort to “provide facilities to the pilgrims and students.”

Mr. Shettar utilised the opportunity of replying to the debate to make allocations and brushed aside criticism that it was a waste of public money to nurture votebanks.

Though the total grants given to these organisations was not given by Mr. Shettar, who said that it could be “range of Rs. 1 crore to Rs. 2 crore”, it is expected to run up to nearly Rs. 100 crore.

Some of the organisations given grants include Balagangadharanatha Swamiji Anna Kuteera at Adichunchanagiri Math, Renuka Yellamma Temple at Savadatti in Belgaum district, Navalagund Veerashaiva Lingayata Community Hall and Datta Digambar Manikeshwara Parasugudda Temple at Kalamooda in Gulbarga taluk.

Grants were announced for construction works such as hostels and yatri nivas at Danamma Devi Temple at Sri Kshetra Guddapura, Gavisiddeshwara Math at Koppal, Revangaon Shivalinga Temple at Sindhagi and Arya Vaishya Samaja Community Hall at Holenarasipura to name a few.

Even while the Chief Minister was announcing grants to maths, the ministers and MLAs, including some from the Opposition Benches, made a beeline to his seat with chits requesting him to include some more institutions, which he obliged. He said that requests of MLAs for similar grants would be considered and they would be included in the final notification.