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Chief Minister promises playgrounds, special buses for students

through the eyes of a child:Children asked Chief Minister Jagadish Shettar questions ranging from civic issues and State politics to his personal life.
through the eyes of a child:Children asked Chief Minister Jagadish Shettar questions ranging from civic issues and State politics to his personal life.

Thursday was special for Chief Minister Jagadish Shettar as he spent about 30 minutes with children from Heritage Academy at his Home Office Krishna.

The Chief Minister answered questions posed by the children on the problems being faced by the people and children in the State. Children aged between 4 and 10 years asked him questions ranging from civic issues to State politics to his personal life.

Mr. Shettar was embarrassed when Mahati, a student, sought for an answer to a question posed by her classmate from Chandigarh, as to “why Bangalore is so dirty?”. Similar was the question from little Swarna.

Mr. Shettar said that the garbage problem was “under control”. He asserted that steps had been taken to tackle the issue. “Soon the situation will improve”, he said.

When Vinesh wanted to know the Chief Minister’s dream for Bangalore, he replied; “Making Bangalore model city in the world.”

Swarna wanted to know whether he wanted her to win a medal in sports? Mr. Shettar replied in the affirmative for which she shot back: “Where are the playgrounds?” Taken aback, Mr. Shettar, assured her of protecting the playgrounds and creating new ones wherever needed.

While Shreya expressed her anxiety about increasing accident rate on Bannerghatta Road, Ritwik complained about the bumpy ride on his way to school. Mr. Shettar promised them of addressing the problem by directing police officials to streamline traffic and asking the Bruhat Bangalore Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) to fill the potholes on priority.

Deeksha sought to know whether the government had any plans to earmark seats for schoolchildren in Bangalore Metropolitan Transport Corporation (BMTC) buses. Mr. Shettar assured her of reserving some seats for schoolchildren in buses, besides running special buses for them. When Shweta sought to know his role model, he named the former President A.P.J. Abdul Kalam and added name of Atal Bihari Vajapayee.

To a query by Ranjan on how he was preparing to face the coming elections to the Legislative Assembly, he said that preparation for elections was a continuous process and implementing the pro-people programmes being launched in the four years by the government was also a kind of preparation.

Some children asked the Chief Minister how he spent his childhood and school days, how he celebrates his birthday, whether his house had rainwater harvesting facility, what would he prefer to drink, tea, coffee or any other beverage and other such lighter issues.


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