Minister responds to MLC’s suggestion to develop it as a monument

The State government will consider purchasing the house of the former Chief Minister late S. Nijalingappa in Chitradurga from his legal heirs to develop it as a monument, Minister of State for Kannada and Culture Umashree told the Legislative Council on Friday.

Replying to BJP member A.H. Shivayogiswamy during Question Hour, the Minister said that the government had sanctioned Rs. 1 crore in 2011-12 for developing it as a monument.

But the project had hit a roadblock as the legal heirs of the former Chief Minister refused to hand over the house to the government free.

The norms, however, did not provide for the government to buy the house from the family members, she said.

Then, Dr. Shivayogiswamy pointed out that the Urban Development Department had bought the residence of writer late R.K. Narayan in Mysore from his family members for developing it as a monument. He appealed to the Minister to follow that example.

He said that Nijalingappa’s family members were insisting on market value for the house as that was the only property he owned. He said that the family members were asking Rs. 2 crore for the building.

Responding to this, Ms. Umashree assured the House of considering the suggestion.