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Finance Minister Sitharaman lied on drought relief in Karnataka – dainiktribuneonline.com

Bengaluru, April 7 (Agency)

Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah on Sunday alleged that Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman lied that drought relief funds were not released as the Model Code of Conduct was in force. While talking to reporters on Saturday, Sitharaman had defended the central government and said that the process of releasing funds takes time and in the meantime the Model Code of Conduct came into force. He said that after the Karnataka government submitted a memorandum in October and the inter-ministerial central team visited, some processes had to be gone through to release the drought relief and it took time.

According to the Finance Minister, the central authorities had written to the Election Commission on March 28 to seek prior approval for convening a high-level committee meeting as the Model Code of Conduct is in place and the Commission’s approval is awaited in respect of drought relief grants. .

Siddaramaiah said the state had submitted its memorandum for drought relief in December itself. He regretted that despite Karnataka having the second highest tax collection in the country, the Central Government did not release relief funds to the state.

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