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NCSC allegations are baseless: Yeddyurappa

Karnataka Chief Minister B S Yeddyurappa today dismissed as "baseless" the allegations levelled by the NCSC that the state government had failed to utilise Central grants meant for the welfare of the Scheduled Castes.



Bangalore: Karnataka Chief Minister B S
Yeddyurappa today dismissed as "baseless" the allegations
levelled by the NCSC that the state government had failed to
utilise Central grants meant for the welfare of the Scheduled
Castes.

The state had spent the entire central allocation of Rs
146 crore for the year 2008-09 for welfare of SCs and had also
added Rs 41 crore to it, Yeddyurappa told reporters, rejecting
National Commission for Scheduled Castes (NCSC) Chairman Buta
Singh`s contention that it had not fully utilised the Central
funds.

On SCs enjoying only 15 per cent reservation in Karnataka
despite constituting 16.2 per cent of the total population in
the state, the chief minister said the issue of reservation
needs central intervention through a constitutional amendment.

"He (Buta Singh) has expressed views without knowing
facts. It is politically motivated. I did not expect this of
an experienced politician," Yeddyurappa said.

Yeddyurappa also listed various initiatives taken by his
government and the programmes for the SCs in the state.

Singh had yesterday accused the government of
non-implementing programmes drawn up for SCs welfare and not
utilising Central grants under special component plan (SCP).
Singh had made the comments after reviewing the progress
in the implementation of schemes for the welfare of SCs in
Karnataka.

PTI

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