Udupi, Dec 22, 2015: B.S. Yeddyurappa, former Chief Minister, said that development activities had taken a back sea tin the State in the last nine months. Addressing media, he said that recently, Chief Minister Siddaramaiah had held a review meeting of all departments in Bengaluru. Not a single department had spent over 35 per cent of the funds allocated to them, though nine months of the fiscal year 2015-16 was over.
It was found that progress in rural water supply was a mere 3.23 per cent, while there was no progress on subjects such as development of gardens, lake, anganwadis and student hostels.
Of the Rs. 772 crore allocated for the welfare of Scheduled Castes, only Rs. 124 crore had been used. Of the Rs. 4,582 crore for the welfare of Scheduled Tribes, only Rs. 1,024 crore had been utilised. There had been no progress at all in the implementation of Ambedkar Vasati Yojana.
Though 1,000 villages were to get Rs. 75 lakh each for their development under the Vikas Gram Yojana, not a single village had been identified. Though the target was to build three lakh houses in the State, only 1.5 lakh had been constructed.
The Chief Minister himself was taken aback by the tardy pace, according to the former CM Yeddyurappa. The BJP would win 15 seats in the forthcoming elections for the Legislative Council. The party would win the Udupi-Dakshina Kannada Local Bodies Constituency with a comfortable majority as it had 700 to 800 excess votes.