Keeping in view of growing strong sentiments among people of North-Karnataka seeking separate statehood for the region, Karnataka Chief Minister HD Kumaraswamy today came out with a plan to shift a few departments to North Karnataka districts, expecting that would facilitate better governance in the region. He proposed that government departments looking into North-Karnataka-specific affairs could be moved soon out of Bengaluru.
He is also considering to have a Upa Lokayukta and information commissioners for Hyderabad-Karnataka and Mumbai-Karnataka regions. Speaking with a delegation of Uttara Karnataka Pratyeka Rajya Horata Samithi, the Chief Minister said that he plans to set up industrial clusters as well as transfer of departments.
He assured that head offices of Krishna Bhagya Jala Nigam etc that work for North-Karnataka issues will be moved to Belagavi. Apart from government departments, the Chief Minister is also proposing to one of the Upalokayuktas to Belagavi so people from the districts do not have to come all the way to Bengaluru to air their grievances. He is also considering to split the Information Commission and posting one commissioner each in Belagavi and Kalaburagi.