Mangaluru, Mar 19,2017: Defending the budget all the three leaders explained about the importance given to farmers, backward classes and minorities by the Congress government, MLA J R Lobo explained the built in nuences for DK on march 18, Saturday.
The budgetary allocation to the coastal region which include Rs 100 Crore for Pashchima Vahini project, mainly towards construction of vented dams to increase ground water level in the region, particularly to offset the water deficit caused by Yettinahole project.
Allocation of Rs 10 Crore towards Cashew Development Board, Beary Study Centre in Manglore University, separate paediatric unit at Wenlock hospital in line with Indira Gandhi Children’s Hospital, Bengaluru, Rs 10 Crore for Wenlock Hospital upgradation are the other important benefits they explained.
An amount of Rs 10 Crore towards construction of new Haj Bhavan and formation of five new taluks-Moodabidri, Kadaba, Brahmavar, Baindoor and Kapu to facilitate decentralization are among the significant provisions in the budget , they added.
Talking of infrastructure, Rs 50 Crore towards development of 2.5 Km road stretch leading to Mangaluru International Airport and acquisition of 286 acre land for the extension of airport and developing basic infrastructure are the noteworthy allocations in the budget, they revealed.
Annual National Surfing Festival in Sasihitlu beach to promote tourism, completion of planetarium at Pilikula at Rs 35.69 Crore, solar panel installation in District Court premises linked to MESCOM indicate the resolve of the state government to support tourism and science, they stated.
New regional transport office in Bantwal and Rs 20 Crore allocation to Coastal Development Authority will help people in the region, they said.
In addition to the above, the leaders highlighted higher budgetary allocation to backward classes, schedules castes and tribes, minorities, agriculture and rural development during the present Congress regime when compared to the earlier BJP regime.
The leaders also mentioned about the concerted efforts to start Namma Canteens in all the 67 wards of Mangaluru City Corporation where breakfast will be provided at Rs 5 and lunch at Rs 10. Efforts are on to establish a separate corporation for NRI’s belonging to minority communities and Areca Development Board, they added.
They assured of urging the government to take measures to fulfill the pending demands of the people in the region in the near future.
Terming the budget as historic, MLA Lobo said by solving Neera tapping problem, the long standing issue of the coastal region had been solved and thanked the chief minister for allocating separate funds for Indians returning from gulf region unemployed.
Developing Mangalore fishing harbour in line with Malpe harbour is listed among the other important developmental priorities along with ring road development, he said adding that funds had been allocated for desalination of sea water to meet the drinking water and agricultural needs and for the development of IT park. Lobo congratulated the chief minister for presenting an excellent budget while fulfilling the demands of coastal people.
Mayor Kavitha Sanil, local congress leaders and Congress corporators were present.