MLAs may get Rs 150 cr

Rs 1,969.06 cr supplementary estimates placed before the Assembly

The Yeddyurappa government on Tuesday placed  supplementary estimates of Rs 1,969.06 crore for the current fiscal in the Assembly.

The amount was  to spend on purchase of new vehicles for elected representatives, medical reimbursement for ex-MLAs, maintenance and upkeep of Vidhana Soudha and VIP guest houses and travel expenses of officers of Assembly Secretariat among others.

Most of the supplementary expenses come under the non-plan expenditure. The Chief Minister, while presenting the budget for 2009-10 fiscal in February this year, had promised to cut down on non-plan expenditure in the wake of  drop in projected revenues due to economic slowdown. In 2008-09, the Government had borrowed a whopping Rs 8,000 crore from the open market to meet its expenses, as it had incurred around Rs 5,000 crore revenue deficit.

The second installment is likely to be tabled on Wednesday - the last day of the session. Supplementary estimates are related to advances sanctioned from the Contingency Fund to cover expenditure on ‘New Services’ and other ‘unforeseen’ expenditure of the Government.

BPL cards

Of Rs 1,969 crore supplementary estimate, the Government wants to spend Rs 117 crore to supply foodgrains to temporary BPL card-holders.  In February this year, the Government decided to issue additional 30 lakh BPL cards, with an eye on Lok Sabha elections. But it did not earmark money for this purpose in 2009-10 budget.

Besides, the Government has sought approval to spend Rs 9 crore for BBMP polls, Rs 3 crore for the byelections and Rs 30 lakh for GP polls likely to be held early next year.
The Government has sought to spend Rs 150 crore for MLAs’ local area development fund, Rs 5 crore for upgrading roads of economic importance (as matching grant with the Centre) and Rs 60 crore for developing all roads connecting Talakadu, where the Panchalinga Darshana is scheduled to be held in November 2009.

Bill passed

The Assembly has passed the Karnataka Fiscal Responsibility (Second Amendment) Bill 2009, allowing the  government to go for additional borrowings to the tune of Rs 2,800 crore for the fiscal 2009-10.

Yeddyurappa, who piloted the bill, said the amendment to increase fiscal deficit to a limit of four per cent of the estimated gross state domestic product will help the government to go in for additional borrowings.

From the State coffers

* Rs 17.80 lakh for payment of house rent allotted to Lokayukta
* Rs 64 lakh for ‘other expenses’ of Justice B K Somashekara and Justice Jagannath Shetty Commissions of Inquiry.
* Rs 10 cr for taking up major works in Tourism Department
* Rs 1 cr for task force on quality assurance in public works
* Rs 25 lakh for Kannada Film Academy
* Rs 4 cr for subsidy towards heart operation of 2,000 BPL patients
* Rs 1.50 cr for establishing natural disaster monitoring centre and earthquake monitoring centre.

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