#MyTaxMyRight: Karnataka Government Gives 'Chalo Delhi' Call To Protest 'Financial Injustice' | Explained (File image)
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New Delhi: The Karnataka government has issued a call for a protest on February 7 at Delhi's Jantar Mantar against "financial injustices" faced by Kannadigas. Advertisements in newspapers have been published by the state government, informing the public about the scheduled protests in Delhi starting at 11 am at Jantar Mantar. The protest, under the slogan "My tax, my right," is supported by the state government, and the participation of all cabinet ministers, the Chief Minister, and the Deputy Chief Minister is anticipated.
"On February 7, all the Ministers and all MLAs of both the Houses of the legislature, also MPs, are going to agitate against the Government of India for injustice caused to Karnataka state by the 15th Finance Commission and several other issues concerning the state including grants from the Centre," Karnataka CM Siddaramaiah said.
Why This Protest?
The Karnataka government has accused the Central government of neglecting the state in terms of financial support. The state government has highlighted a significant disparity in the allocation of grants to Karnataka. The contention is that despite being one of the highest contributors in terms of taxes to the country, the state feels overlooked by the Centre. The Siddaramaiah-led government has termed this situation as a form of financial injustice being imposed on the state.
Karnataka Government Lists Grievances:
State Demand: Rs. 18,177 crore
Central Govt. Allocation: Zero
Disparity in Tax Share:
Reduced Share: From 4.72% to 3.64%
Loss to State: Rs. 62,098 crore
Neglect of Bhadhra Upper Bank Project:
Announced Allocation (2023-24): Rs. 5,300 crore
Central Govt. Contribution: Zero
Special Grant Unfulfilled:
Finance Commission Recommendation: Rs. 5,495 crore
Centre's Release: Zero
Cut in Grants for Collaborative Schemes:
2021-22: Rs. 20,000 crore
2022-23: Rs. 13,000 crore
The Chief Minister slammed the opposition BJP, pointing out that despite having the support of 27 MPs (including one independent and one from JDS), they have remained silent both in the Parliament and with the government on the issue. He further highlighted that the ministers representing Karnataka in the NDA government have not communicated the state's concerns to Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Home Minister Amit Shah.