A proposal for a sanitation policy for Bangalore city is under active consideration of the state government to manage sanitation-related issues effectively, chief minister Siddaramaiah said on Tuesday.
Siddaramaiah was responding to a query from Roshan Baig in the Assembly, on the number of public toilets in Bangalore city. Baig demanded that the state government build at least 5,000 public toilets in the city.
“I want the government to construct as many toilets as possible to keep the city clean. There are very few toilets in some areas the city. The government should ensure that the city has a clean image by opening 5,000 pay-and-use toilets,’’ Baig said.
The Congress MLA said the city had only 504 public toilets, with only 200 in working condition. “A city like Bangalore needs more toilets. Chief minister Sheila Dikshit has done a commendable job in keeping Delhi city clean by opening a number of public toilets,” he said, seeking to know the fate of the Central proposal for Bangalore city to have a sanitation policy on par with New Delhi,’’ he said.
Aravind Limbavali of the BJP too complained about the lack of public toilets across the city and wanted the government to construct them. Limbavali’s demand had prompted Siddaramaiah to ask him: “You were health minister in the previous government. Now, you are advising us what to do. I want to know what have you done on this issue.”
Shettar defends grants to mutts
Former chief minister Jagadish Shettar on Tuesday defended the BJP government’s policy of giving financial grants to religious institutions.
“We did not discriminate any mutt while sanctioning funds. Mutts like Siddaganga Mutt provides food and education for more than 10,000 students. What is wrong if the government sanctions funds for such mutts?’’ he asked, while speaking in the assembly on the state budget for 2013-14.
He said the budget presented by Chief Minister Siddaramaiah lacked focus and vision and had lot of contradictions. “The chief minister, who has the experience of presenting eight budgets, has tried to showcase the previous government in a poor light,’’ Shettar said.
Stating that the deputy chairman of Planning Commission had appreciated the state’s financial management and approved a Rs 47,000 crore plan outlay for the state. “If the state financial condition was not good, how come Montek Singh Ahluwalia appreciated Karnataka state?’’ Shettar asked.