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A SOLEMN OCCASION: Chief Minister B.S. Yeddyurappa inspecting the guard of honour at the Independence Day parade at Field Marshal Manekshaw Parade Ground in Bangalore.
A SOLEMN OCCASION: Chief Minister B.S. Yeddyurappa inspecting the guard of honour at the Independence Day parade at Field Marshal Manekshaw Parade Ground in Bangalore.

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‘Karnataka 2020’ vision document to be unveiled soon; it will focus on regional imbalances

BANGALORE: Chief Minister B.S. Yeddyurappa said the Government is preparing a vision document ‘Karnataka 2020’ for all-round development of the State.

Mr. Yeddyurappa, who hoisted the National Flag at Field Marshal Manekshaw Parade Ground here on Friday on the occasion of Independence Day, said in terms of development Karnataka was one of the progressive States and it ranked seventh. The aim of the Government was to make it a model State. The blueprint ‘Karnataka 2020’ would help eliminate regional imbalances, he said.

In his 20-page address, which was in Kannada for the first time, said Rs. 2,547 crore was earmarked in 2008-09 for eliminating regional imbalances against Rs. 1,571 crore in 2007-08. A session of the State legislature would be convened in Belgaum in September-October and the Cabinet would meet in Gulbarga soon.

The foundation stone would be laid for Suvarna Vidhana Soudha building in Belgaum and work on the Kalasa-Banduri nala scheme, a drinking water project, would be expedited for comprehensive growth of the State.

A world Kannada conference would be organised in Belgaum in November, he said.

A revised Karnataka Control of Organised Crime Act (KCOCA) would come into force soon to tackle naxalites, terrorists and anti-social elements.

The Chief Minister said Rs. 122 crore had been earmarked for modernisation of police force and purchase of advanced weapons. A notification had been issued to fill 8,581 police vacancies. As many as 3,420 police constables, 605 women police constables, 3,855 assistant constables, 701 constables in India Reserve Battalion and 161 sub-inspectors would be recruited, he said.

The Chief Minister expressed happiness over the good monsoon which had filled the major reservoirs and solved the electricity problem. He highlighted some of the schemes of the Government in various sectors. An investors’ meet would be organised in January 2009, to attract investment.

A Mission Group would be formed for accelerating industrial growth, he said.

The Government would set up Agriculture Mission for accelerating the farm growth. It would come out with a new law to allow establishment of private universities and Wipro had already expressed its readiness to establish the university.

“Anywhere Registration” system and e-stamping would be introduced to simplify registration of properties and eliminate the middlemen menace.

He said Rs. 958 crore had been allotted for Sarva Shiksha Abhiyana and Rs. 900 crore for rural drinking water scheme this fiscal year. A new mining policy would be formulated to regulate the mining sector.

Till now illegally stored four lakh tonnes of iron ore estimated at Rs. 80 crore had been seized, he said.

A blueprint had been readied to develop tourist spots such as Jog Falls, Nandi Hills, Kodachadri and Kemmanagundi on public-private partnership, the Chief Minister said.

Chief Secretary Sudhakar Rao and Bruhat Bangalore Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) Commissioner S. Subramanya were present.

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