`Higher collection enabled Govt. spend additional Rs. 2,000 crores'

BANGALORE, MARCH 24. The higher collection of revenue of Rs. 1,000 crores and higher savings enabled the Government to spend an additional Rs. 2,000 crores during 2004-05, the Deputy Chief Minister, Siddaramaiah, stated in the Legislative Council today.

Replying to the debate on the Karnataka Appropriation (No. 1) Bill, 2005, Mr. Siddaramaiah clarified that the Rs. 2,375.10 crores for which the approval of the House is being sought is not for re-appropriation, but has already been spent by the Government. He also said that the Government has not availed itself of any ways and means advances from the Reserve Bank of India. He said he is proud that he had strictly adhered to the Fiscal Responsibility Act and reached the targets set, one year ahead.

To a demand by the JD(U) leader M.P. Nadagouda for providing Rs. 5,000 crores at the rate of Rs. 500 crores every year for completing 29 railway projects, Mr. Siddaramaiah said he will consider the suggestion seriously.

He also told Mr. Nadagouda that all the plan and non-plan allocations for the zilla panchayats have been cleared. He would look into the complaint the Belgaum Zilla Panchayat has not received funds for paying salary to teachers.

Mr. Siddaramaiah informed V.S. Acharya (BJP) that he will release Rs. 17 crores for the Mangalore-Hassan roadworks. Dr. Acharya had demanded the sanctioning of Rs. 30 crores for the Udupi-Manipal road and release funds for the Brahmavar Cooperative Sugar Factory.

The House adopted the Bill.

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