DHNS,Gulbarga: Chief Minister Siddaramaiah, in the State budget presented on Wednesday, has increased the annual allocation to Hyderabad-Karnataka Region Development Board to ~ 1,500 crore from the existing ~ 1,000 crore, much to the joy of the politicians and elected representatives from the H-K region.
This apart he has also announced formation of Four new taluks in the district. Kalagi and Shahabad taluks will be carved out of Chitapur taluk, Yadrami from Jewargi and Kamalapur from Gulbarga taluk. This has fulfilled the long pending demands of people of Kamalapur, Yadrami and other places who had demanded taluk status.
Finally, Mr Siddaramaiah announced establishment of police commissionerate in Gulbarga city, a long pending demand, which would prove decisive in controlling the criminal activities which are on the surge.
Incidentally, Home Minister Parameshwara who had visited the city on February 16 had spoke about establishment of separate SP office for the city and had said that following the carving out of Ballari range from Northeast range it was difficult to establish commissionerate in Gulbarga city. The announcement had created ripples in political circles with Congress leader Mallikarjun Kharge vouching for commissionerate.
“Siddaramaiah has presented a populist budget. The hiking of the allocation to the HKRDB, creation of four new taluks, establishment of police commissionerate, free laptops to students and others are a welcome,” said Jewargi MLA Dr Ajay Singh.
Srishaila Saranga Mutt Pontiff Sarangadhar lauded the government for announcing the establishment of Nijasharana Ambigara Choudaiah Development Corporation and said that the corporation will do justice to the people of the community. “Recently, Koli Samaj State Honorary President Tippannappa Kamakanur and other elected representatives from the region had met the CM and submitted a memorandum in this regard,” he said.
HKCCI former president Umakant Niggudagi said it was a hopeless budget. “More importance has been given to old Mysuru region and H-K region has been neglected. According to the Nanjundappa Committee recommendations HKRDB should be allocated Rs 7,000 crore to Rs 8,000 crore every year.” Further, there is no reference to Tur park or NIMZ (national investment and manufacturing zones), he added.
“It is an anti-development and anti-poor budget. Farmers’ loan has not been waived. ‘Namma Canteen’ has been limited only to Bengaluru. Ideally, it should have been extended to H-K region which has high concentration of the poor,” said former MLC and BJP leader Shashil G Namoshi.
The previous BJP government had announced formation of 43 taluks. However, the current government neglected it and has announced formation of 49 taluks, he added.
HKCCI former secretary Amarnath Patil said establishment of NIMZ in Chitapur taluk, for which 12,500 acres of land is being acquired, had been announced in previous budget itself. But there is no reference to it the current budget.
However, a Rs 400 crore industrial corridor between Chennai-Bengalur-Chitradurga had been announced. Elected representatives from the district should have pressed for the NIMZ, he added.
DH News Service