Budget, dampener for Mysore

The absence of any proposal to set up Dasara Development Corporation, Tourism Corporation and special grants for the Palike are the sore points this year.

The budget has belied the expectation of huge financial assistance to Mysugar and BSSK factories. Only Musugar has received Rs 15 crore. The long-pending demand of the people of Madikeri people for a check on the elephant menace has not found a place in the budget. There is no mention to provide Rs 320 crore as promised.  Neither are the potato growers in Hassan district happy. None of their demands finds a place in the budget.

“Revolutionary”
The agriculture budget presented by Yeddyurappa, can herald a “revolution” in agriculture sector if implemented effectively, according to Dharmasthala Dharmadhikari Veerendra Heggade.

Quarterly review of implementation of farm budget proposals would go a long way in ensuring its success.

Dakshina Kannada Krishika Samaja president S D Sampath said the sum of Rs 100 crore reserved for farm mechanisation was not enough. He welcomed the proposal to extend education loan up to three lakh at one per cent interest to children of farmers.

Tourism gets Rs 250 cr
World heritage site Hampi is set to get a facelift with Chief Minister allocating Rs 110 crore for the purpose in the budget. A theme park will be set up in Hampi at a cost of Rs 100 crore to commemorate 500 years of coronation of Sri Krishna Devaraya.

A sum of Rs 10 crore has been granted for the development of Hampi city. The government has proposed to spend Rs 50 crore to take up infrastructure projects in important tourist destinations across the State. Altogether, Rs 250 crore has been earmarked for the tourism sector.

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