We will take up the issue with the Centre soon: Shettar
Chief Minister Jagadish Shettar has said his government will urge the Union government to extend special status to Bijapur district too under Article 371 of the Constitution.
The Cabinet Committee on Political Affairs (CCPA), headed by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, recently decided to provide special status to the six backward districts in the Hyderabad Karnataka region — Bidar, Gulbarga, Yadgir, Koppal, Raichur and Bellary.
Addressing presspersons before offering ‘bagina’ to the Krishna at the Alamatti dam on Sunday, Mr. Shettar said he would take up the issue with the Central government during his next visit to New Delhi.
Delegation for Delhi
“A delegation of the government will soon visit New Delhi to seek more Central funds for drought relief works. We will also urge the government to extend special status to the backward Bijapur district too under the Article 371”, he said.
The demand for extending special status to Bijapur has only got louder ever since the CCPA decided to amend Article 371 to extend the benefit to the six districts in the Hyderabad Karnataka region.
Leader of the Opposition in the Legislative Council S.R. Patil during the launch of works under Stage III of the Upper Krishna Project (UKP) at Masuti village in the district on Saturday, urged the Chief Minister to send a proposal in this regard to the Union government.
On the drought-like situation in the State, Mr. Shettar said the government had decided to seek at least Rs. 11,000 crore from the Union government for taking up both short-term and long-term projects to address the issue. The crop loss had been estimated at Rs. 2,000 crore. The State needed Central assistance to help farmers, he said.
“We gave a clear picture of the grim drought-like situation in the State to Union Ministers Sharad Pawar and Jairam Ramesh during their recent visit to the State,” he added.
When asked about the delay in land acquisition for UKP Stage III works, Water Resources Minister Basavaraj Bommai said the State government was awaiting the clearance of the new land acquisition policy being proposed by the Union government.
The Union government had prepared a draft of the policy and it had to be cleared by the Cabinet. “The government needs to acquire around 76,000 acres of land for the UKP Stage III works. We will wait for the new policy before going ahead with the acquisition,” he said.
Minister for Large and Medium-scale Industries Murgesh Nirani and Minister for Minor Irrigation Govind Karjol were present.