The State Budget has come beneath criticism for creating extra caste-based development companies and making massive budgetary allocations to companies of ‘upper’ castes, even because the SC/ST sub-plans have shrunk.
The Budget introduced the formation of a Vokkaliga development board, a requirement the group had voiced after the federal government just lately fashioned the Veerashaiva-Lingayat development board. The Budget introduced a grant of ₹500 crore for the board. The authorities had introduced the identical quantity for Veerashaiva-Lingayat board. The two communities have been demanding a much bigger share within the reservation pie. Meanwhile, Brahmin Development Board has been allotted ₹50 crore.
This, even because the finances makes a complete allocation of ₹500 crore for 16 different development companies that work for particular communities reminiscent of Marathas, Bhovi, Madiwala, Uppara, and different 206 OBC communities. Not simply that, Scheduled Caste Sub-plan – Scheduled Tribes Sub-plan has shrunk significantly — pegged at ₹26,005 crore — at the same time as the general Budget outlay has expanded. It has shrunk from ₹26,614 crore in 2020–21 — of which ₹5,170 crore was sought to be diverted to different bills. Chief Minister B.S. Yediyurappa stated within the Budget speech that this was owing to a rise in dedicated expenditure reminiscent of salaries and pensions from ₹1.29 lakh crore in 2020–21 to ₹1.42 lakh crore in 2021–22. However, the Chief Minister later informed reporters that the outlay for the sub-plans would be maintained on the final yr’s degree.
‘Appeasing upper castes’
C.S. Dwarakanath, former chairman, Karnataka State Commission for Backward Classes, stated, “The Chief Minister seems to have devised a new way of making budgetary allocations to communities. Instead of caste mutts, he is now creating caste-based government bodies for upper castes and making generous doles to them.” The authorities appears to be appeasing ‘upper’ castes at the price of backward castes, he stated.
Reviving Natha heritage at Adichunchanagiri
The State authorities has given a grant-in-aid of ₹10 crore for establishing ‘Adichunchanagiri Natha Heritage Centre’ at Adichunchanagiri Kshetra, which has a big following of Vokkaligas, in Mandya district.
The Adichunchanagiri Mutt, belongs to the Natha custom. Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath, additionally from the custom, stays on the mutt every time he visits the State. Though the mutt belongs to the Natha custom, Vokkaliga seers have headed it for over half a century now, and thus it has acquired a big following locally.