Siddaramaiah Refutes Reports of Gold Biscuit, Memento Being Given as Gift to Lawmakers as Karnataka Assembly Turns 60

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Bengaluru, October 17: Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah on Tuesday said lawmakers will not be gifted gold biscuit or any memento during the celebration of 60 years of the Karnataka state assembly or Vidhana Souda. “There is no gold biscuit or any other thing. There are no mementos,” said Siddaramaiah.

It was reported that the state government has made a grand plan by gifting gold biscuits to 300 Karnataka lawmakers. The gold biscuits was estimated to cost Rs 3 crore.

On Monday, Assembly Speaker KB Koliwad had refuted reports of grand celebration. “I assure you there is no proposal for distribution of gold coins and silver plates (to MLAs),” Koliwad said.

According to the proposal made by Assembly Speaker KB Koliwad, each lawmaker was to get gold biscuit weighing 13 grams, or worth Rs 55,000, NDTV reported.

A budget of nearly Rs 27 crore was sent for approval to the government. Among gifts to be distributed during two-day celebration on October 25 and 26, silver plates were being proposed as mementos for 5,000 secretariat employees.

Last week, the Speaker had proposed free lunch for lawmakers during Assembly session so as to improve their attendance.