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NDA vows to retrieve black money from Swiss banks

Home Minister V.S. Acharya (left), releasing a booklet of development projects taken up by BJP government in Udupi on Thursday. MLA K. Raghupati Bhat is to his left.

Home Minister V.S. Acharya (left), releasing a booklet of development projects taken up by BJP government in Udupi on Thursday. MLA K. Raghupati Bhat is to his left.  

Staff Correspondent

Over Rs. 25 lakh crore lying in banks of Switzerland: Acharya

Udupi: Home Minister V.S. Acharya said on Thursday that the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)-led National Democratic Alliance (NDA) would get the black money stashed in the Swiss bank accounts back to India.

Dr. Acharya told presspersons here that an estimated Rs. 25 lakh crore was lying in the accounts at Swiss Bank. The BJP wanted to bring back this money and use it for development projects such as infrastructure, drinking water supply and housing for the poor, and rural development.

Instead of supporting this proposal, the Congress was raising questions. It was asking why such a move was not thought of when Atal Behari Vajpayee was the Prime Minister. The Congress should realise that even the Barack Obama administration had decided to retrieve the money stashed in Swiss banks.

The Congress was claiming credit for launching mid-day meals scheme in the State by stating that the S.M. Krishna government had introduced it here. But, it was the then NDA government which first subsidised rice for the scheme, Dr. Acharya said.

He released a book highlighting the projects taken up by the BJP government in Udupi the last 10 months.

Ship building yard

MLA K. Raghupati Bhat said that former Ports and Fisheries Minister K. Jayaprakash Hegde, now a Congress nominee for the Udupi-Chikmagalur parliamentary constituency, in the then J.H. Patel government, was responsible for the construction of a ship building yard at Malpe port by Tebma Shipyards Ltd.

The tender for the ship yard had been floated when Mr. Hegde was heading that portfolio.

The construction work gathered momentum during Vasanth Salian’s tenure as Ports and Fisheries Minister in the then S.M. Krishna government. “Mr. Hegde is blaming the BJP for the yard”.

The BJP government had reduced the lease period for the Tebma Shipyards Ltd from 23 years to 15 years. The BJP government could not close the ship yard because it would lead to legal problems.

The BJP government had increased the quota of subsidised diesel to fishermen to 75,000 kilolitres.

It had provided over 500 houses to the beneficiaries under the “Matsayashraya” scheme. It had allocated Rs. 5 crore for the construction of roads which were under the Fisheries Department. Another Rs. 12 crore had been set aside for the construction of the third stage of Malpe Fisheries Harbour, Mr. Bhat said.

BJP leaders Katapady Shankar Poojary, Sudhakar Shetty, and Mahesh Thakur were present.

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