Siddaramaiah, the newly elected Karnataka Chief Minister on Saturday said that orders for the implementation of five guarantees which the party promised before the elections have been issued in the first Cabinet meeting.
The five ‘main’ guarantees are 200 units of free power to all households under the Gruha Jyoti Scheme, Rs 2,000 monthly assistance to the woman head of every family under the Gruha Lakshmi Scheme, 10 kg of rice free to every member of a BPL household under the Anna Bhagya Scheme, Rs 3,000 every month for unemployed graduate youth and Rs 1,500 for unemployed diploma holders both in the age group of 18-25 for two years under the Yuva Nidhi Scheme and free travel for women in public transport buses under the Uchita Prayana Scheme.
“Five guarantees in the manifesto were promised and the order to implement those five guarantees was given after the first cabinet meeting. All will be in force after the next cabinet meeting which will be called within a week,” Karnataka CM, Siddaramaiah said while addressing a press briefing after the first Cabinet meeting in Vidhana Soudha.
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Siddaramaiah on Bhartiya Janta Party
The Karnataka Legislative Assembly session is to be held on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday, next week. Also, hours after swearing-in as Chief Minister, Siddaramaiah lashed out at the previous Bharatiya Janata Party government saying that the government ruling before was useless. He said, “Government which was ruling earlier was useless. They couldn’t get us the share of taxes properly. The Centre has to give us Rs 5,495 crores as per the finance committee recommendation.”
Earlier in the day, as many as eight Congress MLAs were sworn in as ministers in the Karnataka Cabinet during the oath-taking ceremony in Bengaluru on Saturday. Congress president Mallikarjun Kharge’s son Priyank Kharge, party’s MLAs G Parameshwara and MB Patil were among the eight MLAs.
The other MLAs who took oath included KH Muniyappa, KJ George, Satish Jarkiholi, Ramalinga Reddy, and BZ Zameer Ahmed Khan. Top brass of the Congress party including the Gandhi family members Rahul Gandhi and Priyanka Gandhi, party’s national president Mallikarjun Kharge were also present on the occasion.
The Chief Ministers of the Congress-ruled states including Himachal CM Sukhvinder Singh Sukhu, Rajasthan CM Ashok Gehlot, and Chhattisgarh CM Bhupesh Baghel attended the event. The party had also sent an invitation to numerous opposition parties and their leaders.
Tamil Nadu Chief Minister MK Stalin, Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar and his Deputy Tejashwi Yadav, former Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti, and Farooq Abdullah were also present during the swearing-in ceremony. Other opposition leaders who were present included Sharad Pawar and Kamal Haasan.
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