Vijayapura: Refuting allegations of Opposition that BJP government has been involved in large scale corruption in purchasing of equipments to tackle Covid pandemic, Chief Minister B.S. Yediyurappa has said that no misuse of even a penny has been taken place in purchase. Addressing media persons after conducting areal survey of flood hit ares at Almatti dam site on Tuesday, he said that he is ready to give answers to all questions during the coming Assembly session. “Since no corruption taken place, we will present every details of expenditure during the session”, he announced.
With regard to increase of Almatti dam height from 519 meters to 524 meters to make use of 130 tmc of water allocated to the State under UKP satage III to Karnataka, Yediyurappa said that all efforts would be made to allocate adequate funds for the purpose. Asked why the Union Government failed to grant funds for flood relief works to the State, CM said that because of the Covid pandemic fund allocation has become difficult for Union Government. Admitting that Covid pandemic has weakened the financial condition of the State, he however said that he would even borrow loan for developm project to ensure that development projects are not hindered.
Asked about delay in granting GST share of Karnataka by Union Government, Yediyurappa said that he has already spoken to Finance Minister Nirmala Sitaraman in this regard. “I will also raise the issue in the next GST council meeting. Besides this, Union Minister Pralhad Joshi will also meet Sitaraman personally to get the State’s share released quickly”, he said. Earlier he offered ‘Bagina’ to Krishna River at Almatti dam. Ministers, Basavaraj Bommai, R.Ashok, Ramesh Jarkiholi, Govind Karjol and several MLAs of Bijapur, Bagalkot and Gadag were present.