Karnataka Budget Today: What Do Bengaluraians Want?
Hindustan Times spoke to citizens of Bengaluru to understand their expectations of their Chief Minister tomorrow.
Mahendra Kumar, a resident of Shanthinagar wants the budget to include several amenities for seniors like him, including a 50% fare reduction for bus travel.
Preeti (name changed), a restaurant owner in Indiranagar wants the budget to focus on reviving the MSME sector. She believes the government should reduce economic stress on start-ups by removing SGSTs on cloud kitchen/food businesses.
Tinu Cherian, a communication professional from Bengaluru wants the government to pay attention to infrastructure. “Karnataka is one of the highest taxed states in India but the infrastructure in the city is collapsing. I am asking the government at least not to raise taxes any more and focus on improving the infrastructure civic.
Rajesh, a resident of Kaduodi, also expresses the need to improve the overall infrastructure: “we want large budgets for the repair of roads, parks in the suburbs of the city, the expansion of the metro”.
Vignan Gowda, a very active resident of Sanjay Nagar talks about improving education. “I would encourage the government to start focusing on improving public schools and implementing best practices as per public schools in Delhi. Many public schools in rural areas are deserted due to a lack of concentration.