Chief Minister Siddaramaiah said that he had proved many of his critics wrong and astrologers who predicted that he will not be presenting the 2015 state budget after a crow sat on his car.
Speaking after inaugurating the six-day annual Suttur Jatra Mahotsava, here on Tuesday, he said “I have presented two budgets following the crow incident and will be presenting two more state budgets; I have proved to the critics who stood against me that they were wrong. There were a lot of discussions in the electronic media from astrologers and others after the crow incident and many predicted that my bad time had started and I might lose the chief ministership, but none of their predictions came right. We must not give importance to such blind beliefs, instead we should think scientifically.”
Appreciating the contribution of Suttur Mutt and seers towards education, health and culture Siddaramaiah said “The Suttur Jatra is different from other jatras for various reasons. Those who come here also get to update their knowledge; programmes like Krishi mela and the exhibition create awareness among the people. This year the awareness programme including cashless transactions is relevant issues and is the need of the hour.”
“Today If society wants to progress, education is the only solution. Through education we can see changes in our society. JSS has done a commendable work by providing free education to thousands of people especially in rural areas,” he added.
CM VISITS STALL ON DIGITAL BANKING
Chief Minister Siddaramaiah visited the digital banking stall and interacted with counselors of various banks on financial literacy and the way in which banks are reaching the poor and helping them to open bank accounts and extending financial assistance. He also enquired about the number of ATMs operating in Mysuru district and the number of accounts opened by banks.
K V Ramanath, financial literacy counsellor of SBM, Mysuru taluk, explained CM’s queries. Two stalls have been opened by banks at the ongoing jatra in association with JSS Women’s Polytechnic of Mysuru headed by vice principal Sekhar, Lokesh along with the students of polytechnic, who have been trained in the digital banking and cashless banking through cell phones to the visitors.