BENGALURU: Former Chief Minister Siddaramaiah’s populist “Bhagya” welfare schemes will continue without any hindrance in the new JD(S)-Congress coalition government and a Common Minimum Programme (CMP) for the smooth functioning of the government will be readied within 10 days. There is also good news for those sulking for a slice of the power pie as the appointments to 30 prominent boards and corporations will be completed within a week.
The Congress-JD(S) Coordination Committee headed by Siddaramaiah decided to this effect at its first meeting held here on Thursday. Chief Minister H D Kumaraswamy, Deputy Chief Minister G Parameshwara, JD(S) national secretary general Danish Ali and AICC general secretary in charge of party affairs in Karnataka K C Venugopal participated in the meeting.
The meeting decided to constitute a 5-member committee with three from Congress and two from JD(S) to draft the CMP after a thorough study of the manifestos of both parties. The committee will submit its draft CMP document within 10 days. “The coordination committee will finalise the CMP after scrutinising the draft,” chairman of the coordination committee Siddaramaiah told reporters.
Siddaramaiah removed doubts about the fate of various populist schemes launched by the previous Congress government by stating that the meeting decided to continue all the flagship welfare programmes of the previous government.
With both Congress and JD(S) leadership facing dissidence from those who failed to get a berth in the ministry, the Coordination Committee has resolved to appoint heads to 30 boards and corporations within a week as part of the strategy to douse the fire of dissidence. “Congress and JD(S) will share it in the ratio of 2:1 in accordance with the power-sharing agreement,” Siddaramaiah said.
As for implementation Kumaraswamy’s promise of farm loan waiver, Siddaramaiah said,“It is part of the JD(S) manifesto and the proposed committee will look into it while preparing the CMP.”