Central aid norms need to be revised, says BSY

Central aid norms need to be revised, says BSY

Speaking after declaring open the office of the special representative (SR) of the State government at Karnataka Bhavan here, Yeddyurappa said the current norms for the release of funds were framed years ago and they needed to be revisited.

The Chief Minister said Karnataka needed Rs 18,000 crore for flood relief and hoped that the Centre would assist the state in this regard.

He said the Central ministers from Karnataka would give their full co-operation in realising this.

Faith in PM

Stating that he and Prime Minister Manmohan Singh spoke at length about the issue on their flight from Hyderabad to Raichur recently when they were visiting the flood-hit areas in Karnataka, the Chief Minister said, “I have full faith in Prime Minister Manmohan Singh.”

On the additional special representative (OSR) office, he said this would be a link between the State government and the Centre. “Getting the Central clearance for the pending projects of the State is an important work and this office under the guidance of the office of the Special Representative, will put in effort towards that.”

Home minister V S Acharya, rural development minister Shobha Karandlaje, special representative V Dhananjay Kumar and O S R Bykere Nagesh were present on the occasion.