The new Congress government has delivered the first of its ‘five poll guarantees’. Provisioning for the huge outgos and navigating the fiscal tightrope comes next
THE RIDE: CM Siddaramaiah and deputy CM D.K. Shivakumar flag off the ‘Shakti’ free bus travel for women in Bengaluru, June 11. (Photo: Jithendra M)
Earlier this week, Karnataka chief minister Siddaramaiah hopped on to a bus at Vidhana Soudha, the imposing secretariat building in Bengaluru, to flag off a scheme that allows women to travel for free on state transport buses across the state. This was the first of the Congress’s five pre-poll guarantees to roll out and the CM noted with pride that his government had made good on its promise within 22 days of taking charge.