Foundation stone for Raichur Airport next month, Bommai announces

Dr B Thomas (Special correspondent)

Since the exodus of people from Raichur district is very high,more focus is given for irrigation and employment,said Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai.

Talking to reporters here on Saturday,he said the district needs irrigation and employment.The industrial centre is being extention to  provide more jobs.

It has been decided to provide jobs in the garment industry to Ballari,Raichur and Kalaburgi districts.

A textile park is coming up in Kalaburgi.

Plans are afoot to establish a textile park and steps will be taken to have it in Raichur under the state program.

The CM said instructions are given to director of NIMHANS to change in treatment pattern fo those injured in a road mishap near Sira in Tumakuru district two days ago.

They must be given treatment on priority and the government will bear treatment cost of the injured persons.

On non-representation for Raichur district in the State Cabinet,Bommai said it would be given priority in the coming days.

He said the current year is celebrated as International Year of Millet.

A detailed discussion about the Millet production for the one whole year,branding and improvement of market will be held and decide on Raichur guidelines,and to implement the same.

A lot of development works will be started soon and foundation for the airport will be laid next month.

AIIMS for Raichur

The CM said he has discussed with Union Health Minister about AIIMS in Delhi last time and the latter has promised to take decision after discussing it with Prime Minister Narendra Modi soon.

The minister has been explained that Raichur comes under 371 J,and it is low in development index district as well as facing the problem of Malnutrition,so it is very appropriate to have the health institute in Raichur,he added.

Bommai said since Raichur district is very Backward,the Centre has been requested to hold the survey.Politically everybody have right to putforth their demands.

As state government,the minister has been asked to give priority for backward region.

He said the Brijesh Kumar report has come and accordingly nine projects should have been started,and all of them are started.

Along with this,a notification is to be issued to rise the height of the Almatti dam to 524 feet.

The Supreme Court is seized of the matter and two judges,one from Andhra Pradesh and another from Maharashtra, have rescued from hearing the case.

Now, a New Chief Justice of India has taken charge.Once two judges were appointed for this case,the Karnataka advocates may seek permission to issue notification in a few months.

Once they start impounding water,the works such as Rehabilitation and Reconstruction,acquisition of 1.30 lakh acre and shifting of 22 villages are to be done.This process has started already.
Recently, a meeting was held and issued instructions for the shifting of villages. A sum of Rs 5000 crore is being allocated for this purpose. Steps are taken for the shifting of villages and increasing the dam height. Priority will be given for the completion of UKP projects at the earliest, he added .

Reacting to GST imposed on farmers,Bommai said this has been already brought to the notice of the Betterment Committee of the Government of India, and pressurised to make necessary changes in this regard.

Asked about Telangana Chief Minister statement on the inclusion of some portion of Raichur in Telangana state, he ridiculed the statement and said a lot of development works such as thermal plant and airport are taking place.

A major portion of grant from Kalyana Karnataka Region Development Board is given for Raichur. ” The statement of Telangana CM is politically motivated and it is made to mislead people from the problems of that state.

In fact,Telangana was created as a new state since it was very Backward region after the incumbent CM had launched the stir.

Karnataka government is committed to the overall development of Raichur district and not an inch of land will be ceded to Telangana’.
On Chamarajapet Idgah maidan row,Bommai said a meeting of top brass of police and revenue departments are holding a meeting.

After the meeting, the next course of action will be decided.