By Express News Service
30 Apr 2010 04:46:00 AM IST
Statistics prove Buta wrong: BSY
BANGALORE: Dismissing chairman of National SC Commission Buta Singh's
allegations against his government as "baseless" and "politically
motivated," Chief Minister B S Yeddyurappa on Thursday took strong
objections to Singh for making adverse comments on his government
without any documentary evidence.
"I don't understand what made him make such comments on my government
when statistics (of the Centre and the state) prove him wrong," said
Yeddyurappa, while terming Singh's comments as an effort to bring bad
name to his government at the national level. "Being a senior
politician, Singh should have made an impartial assessment of the
steps taken by my government," he said, adding he would write to Singh
on the measures taken by his government for the development of Dalits.
"My government is the first to set aside 22.75 per cent of its plan
size for the development of SCs," he said.
To Singh's complaint that Dalits were not being given proportionate
reservation, The CM said the state was giving 15 pc reservation to
Dalits, whereas it was much less in states like Maharashtra and Andhra
Pradesh — states ruled by the Congress — where the Dalit population is
considerably higher than in Karnataka. "Increasing reservation to
Dalits is not in state government's purview. It has to be done by the
Centre through an amendment to the Constitution and I hope Singh knows
it better.'' Yeddyurappa added the government had been maintaining
roster very carefully and a cabinet sub-committee had been exclusively
set up to oversee recruitment.
In 2008-09, the state government had spent Rs 44 crore in addition to
the Central assistance of Rs 146 crore. Minister Govind Karjol accused
Buta of not allowing officers of the state government to present facts
before the commission.
'Action on Bellary case after report'
Chief Minister B S Yeddyurappa said he would take appropriate action
on alleged illegal mining in Bellary after getting the survey report
which was submitted to the Supreme Court on Thursday by the Central
The CM said he was yet to get the survey report. Appointment to the
Upalokayukta, which has been lying since the retirement of Justice
Patri Basavangoud four months ago, will be made soon, he added.
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