Friday, July 12, 2013

Siddaramaiah needs akshaya patra to meet fund demands

Cash-strapped Bruhat Bangalore Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) has demanded budgetary allocation of Rs 4,000 crore to improve City infrastructure such as widening roads, constructing grade separators, improving junctions, developing signal-free corridors and remodelling stormwater drains.

It is also required to give life to the City lakes, improve solid waste management and implement welfare programmes. In addition, Palike has requested for funds to clear the pending bills. Further, in order to smoothen the functioning of the civic agency, an additional Rs 2,000 crore has been sought from the government in the State budget.

The Education Department, which is looking at boosting services through Sarva Shiksha Abhiyaan, has planned a number of inititiatives like martial arts for schoolgirls and other innovative activities. Since the Centre has not approved any funds for new activities like adventure sports, and district darshan, SSA is hoping the State will finance some of its activities for now.

During former chief minister Jagadish Shettar’s regime, SSA saw the highest allocation of Rs 93.94 crore to be given to 1.47 lakh SC/ST students who had secured more than 60 per cent marks and supply of Akash tablets in lieu of cash incentive. 

The Home Department has sought funds to fill up vacant posts and sanctioning of additional posts in various wings and places. 

The top brass has also requested for commissioning of new police stations in some major cities and increase in number of traffic police stations for Bangalore City. It is also expecting additional funds to develop recently commissioned stations, procure weapons to strengthen the Naxal force, besides funds for increasing facilities and perks for constabulary and construction of houses.

The Department of Health and Family Welfare is looking to increase its services in maternal healthcare. The department is looking at providing priority to maternal healthcare and secondary referral care services and hopes funds are allocated for this. 

Besides, it has sought more funds for strengthening services with better equipment.  

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