‘Illegal’ BBMP finances gets nod after a fortnight
A fortnight after ordering to withhold the Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) finances, terming it as “unlawful,” the country Cabinet on Monday gave its approval after an in-depth dialogue on the proposed initiatives and allocation of finances. Reviewing the budget estimates of the civic body and considering the opinion of the Finance Department, the nation Cabinet gave its acclaim for the budget with an outlay of Rs 11,648.Nine crores. Further, the Cabinet, in keeping with resources, has directed the BBMP to give a supplementary budget to accommodate the closing quantity of Rs 1,308.89 crore.
The BBMP, with numerous ambitious initiatives, had provided a budget with an outlay of Rs 12,957.79 crore. Taking objections to the inflated estimates, BBMP Commissioner N Manjunatha Prasad had written to the Urban Development Department (UDD) to restrict the outlay to Rs 9,000 crore. The Yediyurappa-led BJP government, following allegations of massive-scale irregularities in works like white-topping, TenderSURE, and biased allocation of funds to diverse constituencies, had placed the price range on the preserve, citing Cabinet’s approval.
CM orders probe into Indira Canteen ops Expressing doubts over the functioning of Indira Canteens — the flagship program of the Siddaramaiah-led Congress authorities — Chief Minister Yediyurappa on Monday ordered an in depth inquiry and sought a document from the additional leader secretary, Urban Development Department.
In a be aware address to the UDD, Yeddyurappa said, “The corporations — Cheftalk Food and Hospitality Services Pvt Ltd and Rewards — that keep 174 Indira Canteens and 15 cell canteens are reportedly claiming a subsidy of Rs 6. Eighty-two crore plus each month. There had been lawsuits that those figures had been inaccurate and fudged to claim the subsidy.”
Following the probe assertion, the Congress leaders reacted sharply, and KPCC president Dinesh Gundurao warned the government that his celebration would take to the streets if the canteens were close with the government’s aid. “These eateries are very famous for most of the laborers and economically weaker sections, and perhaps this can be the cause that the BJP desires to close them,” Rao stated.