Karnataka assembly speaker proposes 13-gram gold biscuit for legislators to mark diamond jubilee celebrations
Karnataka assembly speaker proposed gifting state legislators a 13-gram gold biscuit worth Rs 55,000 on the diamond jubilee celebrations of Vidhana Soudha.
Karnataka assembly speaker's proposal of gifting state legislators gold biscuits on the diamond jubilee celebrations of Vidhana Soudha has come under strong criticism.
The proposal sent to the finance department consisted a plan for expenditure of Rs 26.87 crore to gift MLAs and MLcs expensive gifts. The speaker proposed that the legislators get a 13-gram gold biscuit worth Rs 55,000 each which will be embossed with the state emblem along with a miniature model of Vidhana Soudha.
The proposal also suggested that the secretariat staff, comprising both the Upper and Lower Houses, get silver plates worth about Rs 6,000 each.
While speaking to India today , speaker KB Koliwad said that he had indeed sent the proposal to the finance department and it is pending with the chief Minister.
"It is just at a proposal stage. We have submitted this to the finance department. The CM is the finance minister and he needs to take a decision."
The Congress party is quite embarrassed with this ridiculous proposition and have out-rightly criticised Koliwad.
"This kind of proposal is just not acceptable to us and there is no need to spend such money for such things. We can use the money for other things, and we should not waste the tax payers money like this . I will definitely convey my objection to the chief minister", said Dinesh Gundu Rao, the working president of the Karnataka Congress Committee.
"This move by the speaker Koliwad is highly deplorable, monsoon fury has affected Bangalore and people are suffering. At such a time such a proposal must be shot down immediately by the CM" , said BJP spokesperson S Prakash.
President of India Ramnath Kovind has been invited to address a special joint session of the Karnataka legislature on the occasion of the diamond jubilee which will take place on October 25th and 26th.