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An honour: Deputy Chairman of the State Planning Board D.H. Shankaramurthy being felicitated by the ‘Namma Kanasina Shimoga’ in Shimoga on Sunday.
An honour: Deputy Chairman of the State Planning Board D.H. Shankaramurthy being felicitated by the ‘Namma Kanasina Shimoga’ in Shimoga on Sunday.

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They will be asked to work in PHCs: Shankaramurthy

SHIMOGA: The Deputy Chairman of the State Planning Board, D.H. Shankaramurthy, said on Sunday that it was proposed to utilise the services of students of government medical colleges in primary health centres (PHCs) to overcome the problem arising out of the reluctance on the part of government doctors to serve in rural areas.

Speaking at a function organised here to felicitate him by “Namma Kanasina Shimoga”, a voluntary organisation working towards the beautification of Shimoga, he said that nearly 2,500 students graduated from government medical colleges every year and if they were asked to work in primary health centres compulsorily during their housemanship, health service in rural areas could be improved.

He said that a proposal in this regard was being studied. It was unfortunate that primary health centres were not in a position to serve the rural population effectively because of the reluctance on the part of government doctors to serve in villages though all facilities were provided to them.

Mr. Shankaramurthy said that apart from primary health, he would give importance to drinking water supply, roads and primary education.

When water was being supplied to all villages in Gujarat from the Narmada through pipelines why was it not possible to harness water sources in Karnataka?

He said there was a need for introducing moral values in the curriculum at the primary school level. “It is unfortunate that any suggestion for introduction of moral values in education is sought to be termed saffronisation. How does it become saffronisation if children are taught to respect their parents and teachers?”

Mr. Shankaramurthy said that there was no limit for Central assistance for the implementation of development works and added that there was no difficulty in seeking Rs. 1,000 crore for the implementation of unconventional power projects and Rs. 2,000 crore for drinking water projects.

He said that it was proposed to seek a Central assistance of Rs. 5,000 crore for the comprehensive development of the State. Proposals were being prepared for the purpose.

Referring to the development of Shimoga, Mr. Shankaramurthy said that it was the resolve of the BJP Government to make it a model district in the State.

He recalled that many development projects in Shimoga, including construction of a bridge across the Tunga, Government Medical College and modernisation of Mcgann Hospital, were initiated by him when he was Leader of the Opposition in the Legislative Council.

Appreciating “Namma Kanasina Shimoga” for its efforts towards the growth of Shimoga, Mr. Shankaramurthy emphasised the need for non-governmental organisations to join hands with the Government in the implementation of development projects.

Psychiatrist K.A. Ashok Pai felicitated Mr. Shankaramurthy by presenting him a shawl and memento. Convener of “Namma Kanasina Shimoga” N. Gopinath said that his organisation wanted a “clean Shimoga” by 2010 by extending its help to the Government and civic authorities.

President of the Shimoga City Municipal Council M. Shankar was present.

President of the Shimoga Industries Association Anantharamaiah spoke on the contribution of Mr. Shankaramurthy to the growth of society.

Bhaskar Kamath welcomed the gathering.

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