State Budget Reactions 2017

Dr. Dinesh Gowda, Dematosurgeon, Hairline International Hair and Skin Clinic Bangalore. The State Budget has nothing significant for the medical sector. We do hope that the Yuva Yuga scheme to train young people in various sectors will see some being trained in the health care sector as well.

Rating of the budget on 1 to 10 in three levels: 

Budget for you  - 4/10Budget for the city (Bengaluru) – 8/10Budget for  the country – 6/10 

Ms. Swathi Monish Shetty,   Senior Dietician, St.Marthas hospital, Bangalore

State budget of Karnataka 2017 was not a very impressive one for me.On grounds of food and nutrition this budget stands on a level of being good.With ksheera Bhagya scheme being increased from 3 to 5 days is a great move totake care of the protein requirements of growing children & the supply ofeggs to Anganwadi would curb the vitamin B 12 defiance which is commonly seenamong school children. The replica of ‘Amma canteen’ as ‘Namma canteen’ inKarnataka would be a great kick start for healthy eating at affordable pricesto daily wageworkers and BPL. Whereas in nutrition content of the food remainsan area of concern. 

Rating of budget 2017 in 1 to 10

1.      Budget for me- 05/10

2.      Budget for city- 07/10

3.      Budget for the country– 05/10 

Mr. C N Govinda Raju, Managing Director, Vaishnavi Group

Overall, it is a good, progressive budget with special focuson improvement of infrastructure in the city of Bengaluru.

· The completion of the entire length of the NammaMetro Phase 1 is welcomed by the citizens of Bengaluru. Further, with the studyon the Namma Metro phase 3 connecting KIA being completed and suitablealignment to connect under finalisation, expedition of the same will furtherspur growth in the North Bengaluru corridor while helping todecongest the main access roads to the KIA.

·The proposal to widen the Hebbal flyover and constructionof under bridge is a good move and will help decongest the Hebbal flyover

·Similarly, the proposal to develop the KR Puram and theSilk Board Junctions in collaboration with BMRCL will go a long way indecongesting these ultra-busy junctions.

·With the Bengaluru Development Authority proposing tocomplete to complete 3000 flats by end of 2017-18, this will benefit the manycitizens of Bengaluru who have been waiting for long for a good dwelling unitat a reasonable cost. Again, this is a progressive and citizen friendlyinitiative.

·The development of the Bellandur and Varthur Lakes ina time bound manner is the need of the hour and is well appreciated

·The industrial growth being pegged at 2.2%  as against4.9% the previous FY is disappointing  and we may see some sluggishness inthe short term. 

Budget for the City of Bengaluru on a Scale of 1 –10 : 7

Sridhar Pabbisetty, CEO, NammaBengaluru Foundation.

The budgethas failed to raise up to the challenges Bengaluru is facing today. Instead ofdisconnected piece meal projects being done for Mobility, the government musthave invested in coming up with a comprehensive Mobility plan. The Sub Urbanrail project gets a mere 325 crore while much less capacity walks away with alion share. Increase of mere 3000 buses without scientific route reorganisationwill not help much. The govt should have used the insights from BDA's RMPorigin destination studies and prioritised route modernisation of BMTC.Citizens demand of #BusBhagyaBeku demanded 6000 more buses and halving the busrates. This is far from being met.

WhileBellandur and Varthur lakes get mentioned and inspite of the expert committeereport being with the government, they have failed to indicate the budgetaryprovision. A meagre 42 crores are woefully low for our lakes choking withcontamination.  Governance has sufferedat the hands of plethora of disjointed populist measures.

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