Karnataka Chief Minister H D Kumaraswamy today salute the spirit of unity among Kannadigas by stating that tthough feeble voices of division of State is heard here and there, the strong will of Kannadigas have silenced them, before they become louder.
Hoisting the national flag at the Manekshaw Parade Grounds, Bengaluru, to mark the 72nd Independence day celebrations, he largely focused on the separate statehood issue. He asserted that his government is committed to the overall development of the whole Karnataka. The budgets presented by previous Government and our coalition Government intends to achieve this, he added.
He asserted that “I have an emotional bonding with Belagavi. I began legislature session in Belagavi, I has the satisfaction of laying foundation stone for Suvarna Soudha in Belagavi, my grama vastavya began from Belagavi and 27 of my 47 Gramavastavya were in Belagavi.Necessary steps are being taken to shift certain departments to Belagavi, my pride.”
He also assured that the problems of Kannadigas in Goa, Kasaragod and Solapur will be addressed through amicable talks with respective states. Government aims to improve human development index in all districts, along with infrastructure and other facilities, education for all, health for all and social security for all is the priority of the Government, he added.
Chief Minister recalled that his government has taken a big step to help farmers through crop loan waiver in cooperative as well as commercial banks to the tune of approximately Rs. 49,000 Crore. Already crop loan in cooperative sector has been waived off, which will help 20.38 lakh farmers. Soon Government Order will be issued to waive off crop loan in Commercial Banks too, he said.
Kumaraswamy announced that the government intends to establish clusters of industries in various districts and create 1 lakh jobs in each of these districts. Stating that they have identified that lack of skill is one of the main causes for unemployment, he said hence skill development training in respective sector will be given to the locals to create employment for them. Government will give priority to employment generation beyond Bengaluru in 2 and 3 tier cities of the State, he added.
He also said that Karnataka tops in renewable energy production in the country and this year hydel power generation is also expected to be more. Yalahanka Gas based power plant of 370 MW capacity is expected to start functioning this year. Transmission network will be strengthened by setting up 35 substations and adding 800 kilometers of transmission line. Every household, that is left over will be energised this year. He assured that 7 hours power supply will be given to irrigation pumpsets wherever it is possible.