Govt seeks to spend Rs 50 cr for LS polls

The State government has sought to incur additional expenditure in the current financial year for certain administrative purposes.

The funds have been sought for preparatory work for the upcoming Lok Sabha polls (Rs 50 crore), development works in the Bangalore Rural constituency (Rs 315 crore) and purchase of a new car for the Karnataka Lokayukta (Rs 18.17 lakh) among other purposes.

In the second instalment of supplementary estimates of the Rs 4,454 crore tabled in the Legislative Assembly, the government has sought to spend Rs 150 crore for road repair and stormwater drainage works in eight zones of the Bruhat Bangalore Mahanagara Palike (BBMP), seemingly, with an eye on the coming polls. The government had drawn flak for not allocating adequate funds for the development of Bangalore in the recently presented budget. 

The government  wants to spend about Rs 315 crore on rural road development and clearing pending bills in six Assembly constituencies coming under Bangalore Rural parliamentary constituency, which the ruling party won in the byelection held in August 2013. D K Suresh, brother of Energy Minister D K Shivakumar, is the MP from the constituency.

Other major additional expenditures are: Rs 400 crore for clearing pending bills in the Public Works Department, Rs 100 crore for interest subsidy on crop loan, Rs 353 crore for the farm loan waiver scheme, Rs 35 lakh for payment of incentive to sugarcane farmers, Rs 9.60 crore for implementing sheep rearing and blanket weaving scheme for people belonging to Kuruba community and Rs one crore for advance payment for the purchase of Cessna – 172 aircraft for the Government Flying School in Jakkur.

Tax waiver

The government has decided to waive tax arrears to the tune of Rs 1,008 crore by the Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) towards supply of aircraft and spares to the Ministry of Defence. The State and Centre have come to an agreement that HAL would pay lower VAT rate ( at 4/5/5.5 per cent) to the State government from the current financial year. 

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