KARNATAKA

Sanction of projects worth Rs. 900 cr. questioned

Special Correspondent

Siddaramaiah wants to know how funds will be mobilised



‘Projects sanctioned during Cabinet session already included in 2009-10 budget’

Implementation of Dr. Nanjundappa Committee recommendations demanded



Gulbarga: The Leader of the Opposition in the Legislative Assembly Siddaramaiah has alleged that Chief Minister B.S. Yeddyurappa was “cheating” the people of the Hyderabad Karnataka region by making “false claims” about sanctioning projects worth Rs. 900 crore during the second Cabinet meeting held in Gulbarga on August 27.

Addressing a press conference here on Tuesday, Mr Siddaramaiah said that except for one or two decisions taken in the Cabinet meeting, all other decisions about the projects to be taken up in the Hyderabad Karnataka region had already been incorporated in the 2009-10 budget.

Mr. Siddaramaiah said if the Rs. 900-crore projects sanctioned during the Cabinet session were new ones, then the Government should provide details as to how Rs. 900 crore would be mobilised.

Due to the serious shortfall in the mobilization of the resources during the last financial year, there was a cut in the plan size to an extent of around Rs. 8,000 crore and this year also the financial position of the State was not any better.

He added: “In situation like this how would the State Government arrange for an additional Rs. 900 crore for the development of the Hyderabad Karnataka region?”

Mr. Siddaramaiah said if the State Government wanted to develop the Hyderabad Karnataka region, then it should implement the recommendations of the Dr. Nanjundappa Committee for the removal of regional imbalances.

He added that the committee had identified 114 taluks and had made recommendations to develop these taluks.

On the same occasion, Mr. Siddaramaiah criticised Mr. Yeddyurappa for going on a tour to China at a time most parts of the State were facing drought and A(H1N1) influenza was spreading across the State.

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