Anna Bhagya Scheme Must for State: Siddaramaiah
By Express News Service | Published: 20th January 2014 08:47 AM |
Chief Minister Siddaramaiah strongly defended the implementation of Anna Bhagya despite the fact that it has been a heavy burden on the state exchequer.
He was speaking after launching various development works in Indi in Bijapur district on Sunday.
Siddaramaiah said Karnataka needs the `1 kg scheme as it had a higher percentage of poor people compared to the other southern states. Poverty in Karnataka is 23.6 per cent while it is 22 and 12 per cent in Andhra Pradesh and Kerala respectively, he added.
He said every girl student in the state would be paid `2 per day from 1st standard to 10th.
The Chief Minister said Ksheera Bhagya and other such measures are meant for helping the poor to have education and for nutritious upbringing of children of poor families, he said.
“Efforts are on to make Karnataka a hunger-free state in the country. About 39 lakh students are in Anganwadis and another 65 lakh are in primary schools. Providing health care and proper education to all of them is the main aim of the state government,” he said.
Agriculture Price Commission
The CM said the state government will constitute the much awaited Agriculture Price Commission (APC) in February. Modalities are being worked out for APC. Minimum Support Prices for agricultural crops like rice, maize, jowar, coconut and tur are already being implemented. APC will study various aspects like cost of cultivation, the price in previous years before fixing the price for various crops. The price will benefit both farmers and consumers, he added.
Referring to the sugarcane price, he said the state government was providing `2,650 (`2,500+`150) to farmers and a tax exemption of `100 per tonne to the sugar factories. Siddaramaiah claimed that this is the highest support price paid for sugarcane in the country. He added that the state government was trying to protect the interests of both cane growers and factory owners. Speaking of development works launched in Indi taluk, he said the taluk on the border of Maharashtra had been neglected for the past 65 years. He said Indi MLA Yashwant Raygouda Patil forced him to sanction development works worth `300 crore.
Siddaramaiah also assured that `136 crore needed to start the Bhimashankar Sugar Factory in the cooperative sector will be provided in the next year’s state budget.
‘Support Cong in LS Elections’
The Chief Minister appealed to people to support Congress candidates during the forthcoming Lok Sabha elections. He added that the Congress had implemented 65 of 169 assurances it made in the Congress manifesto during the Assembly elections.
Water Resource Minister, M B Patil, IT and BT Minister S R Patil also spoke on the occasion.