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Karnataka govt proposes ‘Brahmin Development Board’ in Kumaraswamy’s maiden budget

Kumaraswamy said the proposal to establish the ‘Karnataka State Brahmin Development Board’ was for the development of economically backward people in the Brahmin community.

india Updated: Jul 05, 2018 21:17 IST
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Karnataka Chief Minister HD Kumaraswamy, with his deputy G Parameshwara (L) and other ministers, waves as he leaves after presenting the state budget 2018-19 in the Assembly, in Bengaluru on July 5, 2018. (PTI )

The Karnataka government on Thursday proposed to establish a Brahmin Development Board for development of economically backward people of the community.

It also planned to celebrate the “jayanti” of 8th century Advaita philospher Adi Shankaracharya, Chief Minister HD Kumaraswamy announced in the 2018-19 state budget presented by him.

“It is a long time demand of the Brahmin Community to provide assistance for the development of economically backward people in the Brahmin community,” Kumaraswamy, who also hold finance portfolio, said.

Presenting his Congress-JD(S) coalition government’s first budget in the assembly, he said it was proposed to establish the ‘Karnataka State Brahmin Development Board’ for the purpose of development of economically backward people in the Brahmin community and provide Rs 25 crore for this purpose.

Pointing out that Adi Shankaracharya was a towering personality in the religious tradition, he proposed that Shankaracharya Jayanthi will be celebrated all over the state.

Kumaraswamy’s family, including his father and former Prime Minister HD Deve Gowda are ardent devotees of Sringeri Sharada Peetha, established by Adi Shankaracharya.

The budget also proposed a well-equipped yoga centre to be established at Sri Kanteerava Studio Premises here in memory of Kannada thespian Rajkumar, whose memorial is located there.

A fan of Rajkumar, Kumaraswamy has credited the veteran actor for his attraction to cinema from his college days and that later drove him to the business of film-making and distribution.

The budget also proposes to provide capital of Rs 30 crore to open a Film University at Ramanagara with private-partnership.

It sought to provide Rs 40 crore capital to encourage industries providing services to film industries such as photography, editing, sound recording institutes, animation studios and computer graphic studios in Ramanagara film city.

First Published: Jul 05, 2018 21:17 IST