NCSC allegations are baseless: Yeddyurappa

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.