Khader demands white paper on schemes

He told newspersons here on Friday that the budget presented by Chief Minister B S Yeddyurappa was nothing but a reiteration of the promises made by him in the previous budgets. The government had failed to implement majority of the schemes announced in the budget, he added.

Khader alleged that the government is all set to go ahead with the proposal of Netravati river diversion, despite objections, by changing the name of the project as ‘Paschimavahini’ diversion project. “The government is trying to bluff the citizens by implementing the project with a new name,” he lamented.

Talking about the farm loans at one per cent interest announced by the government in the budget, Khader said, “reducing the interest will in no way a solution for the problems being faced by the farmers.”

He said that fishermen in the coastal district were ignored completely in the budget.
“The government had reserved funds to provide 5,000 houses to fishermen under the ‘Matsyashraya’ scheme in the previous budget. However, the number of houses has been reduced to 2,000 this year,” Khader pointed out.

Kodagu has only three MLAs including a Speaker, but the government has reserved Rs 50 crore for the development of the district.

However, it is unfortunate that no development funds have been reserved for Dakshina Kannada district even though the district has seven MLAs including a Deputy Speaker, Khader lamented adding that an all party meeting should be convened to oppose and reject the budget.

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