Karnataka Budget: Mutts, religious institutions get a share

Published - February 09, 2019 12:21 am IST - Bengaluru

As much as ₹70 crore has been allocated to more than 40 religious mutts, institutions and caste groups in the budget presented by Chief Minister H.D. Kumaraswamy.

Thirty mutts or religious institutions have been allocated ₹1 crore each, three mutts have received ₹2 crore each, while five have received ₹3 crore each. Two mutts, including Sri Siddaganga Mutt, have received ₹5 crore each.

Incidentally, the practice of allocation to religious mutts/institutions was started in a big way during the BJP rule. In a departure from this practice, the Congress regime under Siddaramaiah saw allocations made to caste groups and their institutions.

The Kumaraswamy government has allocated ₹2 crore to 139 organisers of Karaga across the State, while JSS Mutt will receive ₹5 crore to upgrade the Urban Haat it manages in Mysuru. Kunchitiga Vokkaligas, primarily living in Tumakuru district, will receive ₹2 crore for their development.

The government has allocated ₹200 crore to the Christian Development Corporation and ₹50 crore towards the development of gurdwaras in Bengaluru and Bidar.

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