'State owes Rs 8,000 cr to contractors'

'State owes Rs 8,000 cr to contractors'

KPCC President Parameshwar says that state treasury is empty

Dr G Parameshwar

Addressing reporters here on Tuesday, Parameshar said that he has received a memorandum from the State Contractors’ Association, wherein they have pointed out that various departments are yet to release their bill amount for the works done by them for the State.

“I will send the copy to the government. I will bring the issue to the notice of Chief Minister B S Yeddyurappa,” he added.

The State treasury is empty as the majority of the funds have been diverted for non-budget projects, he said.

“The government can take up only those projects, which have been approved by the Cabinet. They have no rights to take up new projects, which are not approved by the Cabinet. Let them stop announcing new projects and clear the pending bills,” he urged.

ZP, TP elections

Parameshwar charged that the State government is creating confusion by passing an ordinance, which restricts the maximum reservation to 50 per cent of the total seats.
“It is an unjust move because the members of many Backward castes will be deprived of their rights. They are trying to postpone the election with the means of the ordinance,” he said adding that the High Court had directed the State government to hold elections only after clearing the confusion regarding reservation.

The government has appointed a Cabinet Sub Committee to take a decision on the issue. The Congress will take a decision based on the report of the Committee, Parameshar said.

Land scams

On land scams in the State, Parameshwar said that the Lokayukta should conduct inquiry based on the complaints. “All, who are involved in the scam should be brought to book and punished if found guilty. The Congress will hold state-level agitation if the inquiry was stalled by the government,” he warned.

Justice Padmaraju, who has been appointed to conduct the judicial probe was directed to conduct inquiry on scams took place between 1995 and 2008, Parameshwar said adding, “let the judicial probe and Lokayukta inquiry not overlap.”

Lashing out at the Chief Minister, Parameshwar said, “Yeddyurappa has time to play politics to safeguard his seat and to visit temples. The development of the State has been stalled completely”.

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