State has judiciously used Central funds: CM

Chief Minister Sadananda Gowda hints on youth policy in state

Chief Minister D V Sadananda Gowda said that though the RSS leaders had interfered in solving the internal bickering in the party, it has not been completely sorted out.

Speaking to mediapersons on his arrival at Suttur to take part in the Suttur Shivaratreeshwara Jatra mahotsava in Nanjangud taluk on Friday, he said that the former chief minister B S Yeddyurappa had not influenced him at any point of time during his tenure in governing the state.

“He is one of the senior leaders of the party and he has all the rights to tour the state,” he added.Stating that the financial status of the government is in a better position and all the departments have held progress review meeting, the CM exuded confidence to achieve 95 per cent of the target.

Answering to a query on youth budget, he said the government has decided to introduce youth policy. There are around 40 to 45 per cent of youth in the State and discussions will be held to finalise whether to introduce an exclusive budget or earmark funds in the existing budget, he said.
Commenting on the statements made by KPCC president Dr G Parameshwara on misuse of funds, he said compared to other states Karnataka has judiciously utilised the funds sanctioned by the Centre. He also said that he is ready to reply if the people who are alleging of irregularities prove it with relevant statistics.

When asked about Energy minister Shobha Karandlaje’s statements that a dharna would be held if the Centre fails to supply coal, he said the minister has not held any discussions with him in this regard so far.

Speaking about the step-motherly attitude of the Centre, he said changes should be made in coal policy. Lack of lines is the problem if the state has to purchase power from Chattisgarh. Talks would be held with the Prime Minister and Coal Minister in this regard to solve the issue, he said.

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