Gulbarga: The State budget presented by Chief Minister Siddaramaiah on Friday has some goodies for all sectors and people of all walks of life. However, it is mixed bag for Gulbarga.
Gulbarga too has been benefitted as Siddaraimaiah announced setting up of an Incubation Centre along with Deshpande Foundation, burns ward at GIMS under HKRDB funds, Kalaburagi Kalavana and development of Gulbarga Fort and Sannati (Yadgir), which is going on, and allocation of Rs 1,500 crore to HKRDB to cover all six districts in Hyderabad-Karnataka.
However, the budget aso failed to meet some long pending demands like reconstitution of tur board on the lines of KMF, package to revive sick dall mills, budgetary allocation for Gulbarga Airport for early completion among others have not been met.
Siddaramaiah while presenting the budget said that during the tenure of this government Rs 3,750 crore had been allocated to HKRdB and of the 12,696 works, 6,206 works had been completed.
“The budget doesn’t mention anything about the proposed Tur Park, NIMZ (National Investment and Manufacturing Zone) set to come up on 1,300 acres of land on Sedam Road and demand for special package, a memorandum in this regard was submitted to CM through DC, for revival of dall mills,” said HKCCI President Somashekar Tengli.
Bounty for Gulbarga
IT, BT & Tourism Minister Priyank Kharge said though there are a lot of talented people in this part of the state they lack exposure to outside world and lag behind in the employment and entrepreneurship.
“To, over come this, an Incubation centre will be established in association with Deshpande Foundation at a cost of Rs 5 crore,” he said and added that outside Bengalure, it will be biggest centre.
Kharge said there were a lot of engineering colleges and research centres in the district. By training the students, researchers and start up entrepreneurs in these institutions, it will develop their skills and entrepreneurship qualities. “This in turn will promote start ups in the region,” he said.
He said the region was rich in both art, arhitecture and culture have failed to showcase the same to tourists. Our ancient artifacts have been locked up in cupboards. Hence, to showcase the same ‘Kalaburagi Kalavana’ will be set up.
The Kalaburagi Urban Development Authority has already identified two places to set up the Kalavana, which will be constructed at a cost of Rs 25 crore to Rs 30 crore.
Siddaramaiah’s budget leaves many in the region disappointed
Contrary to expectations of people in Hyderabad Karnataka region, Chief Minister Siddaramaiah has not increased the special grants for Hyderabad Karnataka Regional Development Board (HKRDB), which was established under Article 371(J) of the Constitution to fight the region’s backwardness, leaving many in the region disappointed. It was widely expected that the allocation would be increased from Rs. 1,500 crore in the previous budget to Rs. 2,000 crore in the current one.
“Though the size of the budget has gone up to Rs. 2,09,181 crore from the previous Rs. 1,86,561 crore (12.12%), there is no proportionate increase in the allocation of special grants to HKRDB,” Razak Ustaad, a social activist, said.
According to Umakanth B. Nigudgi, former president of Hyderabad Karnataka Chamber of Commerce, the region needs to be allocated Rs. 5,000 crore every year to fight the backwardness of the region, considering the recommendations made by the High Power Committee for Redressal of Regional Imbalances headed by D.M. Nanjundappa and the Cabinet Sub-committee headed by H.K. Patil. “When the State budget size was around Rs. 30,000 crore, Rs. 800 crore was expected. Now, the budget size has increased to over Rs. 2 lakh crore and the expectation of Rs. 5,000 crore for the region would be justified,” Mr. Nigudgi said.
The government has initiated the process of developing Yergera Postgraduate Centre in Raichur to make it an independent university carving out colleges in Raichur and Yadgir districts from the Gulbarga University. Contrary to the expectations, there is no mention of fund allocation for the purpose in the budget despite Higher Education Minister Basavaraj Rayaraddi hailing from the region.
No relief for red gram
No concrete announcements have been made in the budget to address the crisis that red gram growers are facing in the region. Allocation for market intervention and development of a pulses research centre in Gulbarga were on the list of expectations.
“A sudden fall in prices of farm produces is a major issue that is pushing farmers into a deep crisis. We expected Mr. Siddaramaiah to keep Rs. 5,000 crore as a revolving fund for market intervention. It is sad that no such initiative is seen in the budget. The northern part of Hyderabad Karnataka region is the land of red gram and growers are facing a crisis. The budget doesn’t have anything specific offer for these farmers,” Maruti Manpade, a farmer leader in Gulbarga, told The Hindu . Almost all taluks in the region are backward with low human development index and the budget has nothing to improve the situation, he added.
The business community too is not happy with the budget. The red gram processing industry is in a crisis thanks to duty-free imports of pulses, among other factors. However, the budget has nothing to address the issue.
“Of around 500 dal mills in the region, half have closed downed their shutters. Duty-free import of pulses has resulted in the availability of cheap dal in the market. We expected that something would be announced to help the crisis-ridden industry,” Mr. Nigudgi said.
DH News Service