Rs 3.2 crore subsidy for every job in Gujarat, HD Kumaraswamy raises questions

Ananya Shroff
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New Delhi: Union Steel and Industry Minister and JD(S) leader HD Kumaraswamy on Friday questioned whether India needed investments from companies like US semiconductor maker Micron Technology, which is setting up a $2.5 billion unit in Gujarat and taking a subsidy of Rs 3.2 crore for every job created in Gujarat, after identifying the company in a live televised address to party workers in Karnataka.

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Asked the officials, how right is it to give so much budget?
Kumaraswamy returned to Bengaluru on Friday after becoming a minister in the Modi government 3.0. He said, “The new manufacturing unit will create around 5,000 jobs. For this, we are giving them a subsidy of $2 billion. If you calculate, it is 70% of the company's total investment.” Kumaraswamy questioned the officials as to how right it is to give such a huge budget. He said that on the other hand there are small industries. For example, there are small industries in Peenya (an industrial area in Bengaluru). How many lakh jobs have they created? What benefits have we given them? I am thinking about how to protect the country's wealth.

'We will focus on providing employment to the youth'
Expressing gratitude to PM Modi for giving him the responsibility of the Ministry of Steel and Heavy Industries, Kumaraswamy said that he will focus on creating employment opportunities for the youth of the country. He said that I can provide employment opportunities even outside the state. For this you have to be ready to go to another state. The former Chief Minister of Karnataka, who became a Union Minister for the first time, said that he would need about 15 days to understand the system.

Congress is under attack for guarantee schemes
Kumaraswamy criticised the Congress' guarantee schemes in Karnataka, saying he believed in promoting self-reliance by providing employment rather than making people dependent on freebies. Comparing his party's sour relations with the Congress and the new alliance with the BJP, Kumaraswamy said PM Modi gave him and the JD(S) respect while the Congress treated them badly. “The Congress even tried to finish us politically,” he said.

Reiterating his commitment to the BJP-led NDA, he urged the people of the state to give the JD(S) an opportunity to rule freely. Kumaraswamy also urged the Congress government in the state to cooperate with him for the benefit of Karnataka. “We should keep politics and our differences aside. I am ready to cooperate with you and contribute to the well-being of the state,” he said.

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