Former deputy chief minister of Karnataka C.N. Ashwath Narayan. (Facebook)
Hyderabad: A top BJP leader from Karnataka on Monday cautioned the people to be wary of the Congress' Karnataka model as it had failed to implement its guarantee schemes.
Addressing media persons here on Monday, C.N. Ashwath Narayan, former deputy chief minister of Karnataka, said, "The Congress has failed to implement its promises like Yuva Nidhi, Gruha Lakshmi, Shakti, Gruha Jyoti and Anna Bhagya. The Congress promised Rs 3,000 monthly allowance to unemployed graduates and Rs 1,500 for diploma holders. There is no sign of it seeing the light of the day."
"There is no Karnataka model. Payments are not being made to contractors and there is no development now. The Chief Minister’s son was found giving directions to the CMO officials as an extra constitutional authority. The Congress is only trying to fool the people," Narayan said.
The Congress promised a cash allowance of Rs 2,000 to women head of the BPL families and 1.16 crore of 1.28 crore eligible beneficiaries had registered. Of the Rs 9,280 crore required to fulfil the promise, only Rs 2,119 crores were released. The government is citing technical glitches and procedural issues.
Narayan said the Shakti programme of free bus travel for women cost Rs 450 crore per month and had left the state transport corporations high and dry as the Karnataka government gave only Rs 140 crore so far. The number of RTC services had therefore fallen from 24,532 to 19,200, affecting school children in rural areas.
He said the put several conditions for the 200 units of free power scheme. The electricity supply companies had to be given Rs 8,406 crore but were paid Rs 1,401 crore. The Karnataka government was unable to deliver on the promised 10 kg free rice and was blaming the Centre. It later announced that it would give Rs 171 to each family in lieu of the five kg rice but had paid only Rs 1,978.76 crore against Rs 6,554 crore, Narayan said.