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February 7 protest is against stepmother treatment in K’taka: Siddaramaiah

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February 7 protest is against stepmother treatment in K’taka: Siddaramaiah

Bengaluru, Feb 5 (IANS) Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah on Monday said the Karnataka Congress’ proposed protests in New Delhi on February 7 are against the stepmother treatment given to the state by the central government .

The Karnataka Congress will stage a protest in New Delhi on February 7 to be led by Chief Minister Siddaramaiah against the non-release of funds for the drought-hit state. The Congress has asked all its ministers, MLAs and MLCs across the state to attend the proposed protest.

“All Karnataka ministers and MPs are leaving for New Delhi on Tuesday evening. We want to draw the attention of the nation and the central government to the injustice done to Karnataka in the budget,” the chief minister told the media of communication

He said till date, Karnataka has not released its judicious share of Rs 1.87 lakh crore by the central government.

“From the 14th Finance Commission to the 15th Finance Commission, the allocation of funds to Karnataka has reduced by 1.07 per cent. In four years, the state was allocated Rs 45,000 crore, which it’s less money in tax transfer alone.Karnataka has lost Rs 73,593 crore of its rational share this year,” the chief minister said.

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The Chief Minister said that the tax collection in Karnataka stands at Rs 4.30 crore.

“We are No. 2 after Maharashtra in terms of tax collection in the country. We have received Rs 50,257 crore from taxes this year. Out of Rs 100 collected from Karnataka, we get back only Rs 12-13,” he said the chief minister

He said the size of the central government’s budget has doubled from Rs 21.46 billion in 2017-18 to Rs 45.03 billion in 2023-24.

“The transfer which was 2.2 per cent in 2017-18 has come down to 1.23 per cent now. When the size of the budget increases, our grants should also increase, but they have only remained at 50,257 crore,” the Prime Minister said.

He said Finance Minister Niramala Sitharaman announced funds of Rs 5.3 billion for the Upper Bhadra project which aims to irrigate 2.50 lakh hectares.

“I demand that he be released now,” the chief minister said.

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He said that the gazette notification of the Mahadayi project has also been finalized but the central government has not given the environmental clearance.

“This project will help utilize the state’s share of 7.56 tmc of water. The central government has also announced that it will declare the Upper Krishna scheme as a national project. The Mekedatu project has also not received the green signal yet. The central government must act soon,” the chief minister said.

He said the central government should give more funds to the poor northern states of India but should not do injustice to the southern state, especially Karnataka.

“The chicken that lays golden eggs should not be killed,” said the Prime Minister.

He said that BJP leaders and former chief minister BS Yediyurappa and Basavaraj Bommai never talk to the central government about the release of Rs 1.87 lakh crore due to Karnataka.

“LoP R. Ashoka doesn’t even have a clue. Ministers Pralhad Joshi, Shobha Karandlaje and Bhagwant Khuba have also not raised their voices,” the chief minister said.

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He said that Finance Minister Niramala Sitharaman, who was elected from Karnataka as an MP, is also not doing anything to release funds in Karnataka.

“I hope the state will get justice after our protests in New Delhi on February 7,” the chief minister said.

— IANS

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