Karnataka CM HD Kumaraswamy on Thursday hit back at detractors who accused him of delaying funds allocation for various schemes promised during the election season and also allegations of reduction in allotment of money to the continuation of the previous Siddharamiah Government schemes.
The JD(S) minister was in Bengaluru to address a function on International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples (World Adivasi Day). During his address, he retorted,
" I am being accused of not allocating funds for the farm loan waiver, Shaadi Bhagya and other schemes. But I want to let them know that I don't grow money on trees to distribute funds right away."
Kumaraswamy went on to say a certain process needed to be followed, where he had to take officials into confidence before allocating funds.
"Despite these constraints, I have to convince them to release the money," the CM said.
Further, he asked everyone to remain patient. "I found ways to allocate money for Rs. 49,000 crore mega farm loan waiver," Kumaraswamy added.
He also refuted the rumors that he might reduce the money allocation for the Shaadi Bhagya scheme, started by the Congress.
"Be it Shaadi Bhaagya or any other scheme there hasn't been any reduction in allocation," the CM clarified.
He also gave assurance that all the schemes meant for the economically backward classes would continue without any hindrance.
The Congress-JD(S) run a coalition government in Karnataka, after it fell short of numbers to form government on its own.
On Friday, Kumaraswamy announced Rs 10 crore relief fund, along with sending relief materials and a team of doctors to the flood-hit state of Kerala.