Yeddyurappa to lend an ear to minorities

Chief Minister B.S. Yeddyurappa on Friday said he would hold a meeting with leaders of minorities to take their suggestions on the implementation of budgetary schemes meant for their welfare.In his reply to a debate on the State Budget-2010 in the Legislative Council, Mr. Yeddyurappa responded to an allegation by Janata Dal (Secular) member Abdul Azim that the minorities were feeling betrayed by the Bharatiya Janata Party Government.He said he would take strict measures to ensure that all the funds earmarked for various welfare schemes for minorities and the Dalits were utilised completely.Mr. Yeddyurappa said that the State was not getting its complete share of tax revenues from the Centre and would be able to take up more development works if it did, an issue he had raised with the 13th Finance Commission, he said.The Chief Minister said that he would be able to place a budget with a total outlay of Rs. 1 lakh crore by 2013-14. He said preparations for raising such huge resources had already commenced.

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