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Siddaramaiah, master of a dozen surplus budgets: Dr Manmohan Singh


Siddaramaiah, master of a dozen surplus budgets: Dr Manmohan Singh
(From Left) Chief Minister Siddaramaiah, former Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh, former Governor RBI Dr C Rangarajan at Dr BR Ambedkar School of Economics at Ambedkar Bhavan in Bengaluru on Wednesday (Photo: Shashidhar B)

Bengaluru: Chief Minister Siddaramaiah earned appreciation from none less economist-turned-politician, former prime minister Dr Manmohan Singh, for efficient fiscal management despite writing off farm loans.

“Mr Siddaramaiah has maintained Karnataka as one of the most financially sound states,” he said at the inauguration of the academic session of Dr B R Ambedkar School of Economics’ here on Wednesday, adding that the state government had effectively implemented the Food Security Act. The former prime minister also appreciated the fact that Mr Siddaramaiah had presented a dozen budgets and had ensured revenue surplus.

He said that the economic reforms were undertaken to open opportunities for people who were born without any social privilege. And wondered how long would the authorities concerned continue to deny equality to all. “How long shall we continue to deny equality in social and economic life.

If we take too long we will put our political life in peril else people suffering will blow up the political equality that this Assembly has built. The principle of one person one vote has out unprecedented political power to marginalised percent population. Therefore, fresh efforts have to be made to keep inequality in control.”

Dr Singh said “I hope scholars passing out of this school will help in a new design for cohesive and inclusive growth, employment generation, protection of environment and having due accord for social justice. I wish the school great success. The school is named after Dr B. R. Ambedkar who is a luminary,”  he added. Making a special mention of Bengaluru’s status as the tech hub and the fact that the city was home to institutions such as Indian Institute of Science (IISc), Indian Institute of Management (IIM-B), NLSUI and others, he said Dr Ambedkar School of Economics too should earn similar reputation.

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