Kumaraswamy refutes reports of differences between Cong-JDS on budget

Vastavam web: Refuting reports of differences between the Congress and JDS on presenting a full fledged state budget, Karnataka Chief Minister H D Kumaraswamy said he planned to table a new budget in the first or second week of July. “It is a personal suggestion of Siddaramaiah and it would be considered for discussion at the ministerial meeting to be held in the next two days to prepare for the budget presentation,” Kumaraswamy said at a meet-the-press programme here.

Kumaraswamy had, however, strongly pushed for a new budget and took up the issue with Congress president Rahul Gandhi during his meeting with him in New Delhi yesterday and later said he had got the go-ahead from him. He said the coalition government planned to present its first budget in the first or second week of July. Kumraswamy also assured farmers of his government’s commitment to waive farm loans in a “scientific way.” “I am going to call a meeting with all nationalised banks to chart out the modalities to waive loans of farmers,” he said.

“In Karnataka, about 85 lakh farmers have outstanding debts on account of agricultural loans from banks. Owing to the recurring drought, the farmers are even more severely distressed. I request the government of India to provide 50 per cent support to our loan-waiver scheme,” he said. He also said the government would work towards a scheme to ensure that farmers get the loan without any difficulty and role of middlemen, who siphon off some money, is removed. Kumaraswamy also sought to allay the popular fears that the government would face financial crunch to take up other developmental works if it waives a huge sum of Rs 53,000 crore farm loan.