Karnataka budget in July first week: Siddaramaiah

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The government will present its maiden budget in the first week of July, Chief Minister Siddaramaiah said here on Monday.

Speaking to reporters at Suttur Mutt near the Chamundi Hills, he said new projects would be implemented after the budget while the ongoing programmes would continue unhindered.

The chief minister, however, said that the new projects proposed by the BJP government would be reconsidered for the budget.

Ridiculing former chief minister B S Yeddyurappa for presenting a Rs one lakh crore budget, Siddaramaiah said that the Congress government would present a resource-based budget.

He said that the budget would be presented after taking into account the GDP growth of the State. Agriculture, hospitality and industrial sectors will assume priority, he added.

Siddaramaiah hoped that the Cauvery water issue would be resolved amicably by the Supreme Court and Cauvery Monitoring Committee (CMC), and added that the government would take an appropriate decision on Kabini second stage works, soon.

He said that reservation to the posts of mayor and deputy mayor to corporations and presidents and vice-presidents of other urban local bodies would be finalised soon. Siddaramaiah said that his government would make an attempt to provide 50 per cent reservation for women in these posts. He also said that senior Congress leader Kagodu Thimmappa would be chosen as the Legislative Assembly Speaker on May 31.

Announcing that the caste-based census would be taken up soon, Siddaramaiah, also said that all backlog vacancies in the various departments would be filled soon.

Siddaramaiah also expressed confidence that Congress would win the Periyapatna elections. When quizzed about the land row at the foothills of Chamundi Hills, he said that the government would order a probe into the matter.

Siddaramaiah who sought the blessings of Suttur seer Shivarathri Deshikendra Swami, had a sumptuous breakfast comprising ‘ragi rotti’, ‘idli with red chilly chutney’ and butter, ‘tomato-onion gojju’, ‘pongal’, ‘uppittu’, ‘vada’ and sweets.


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