Staff Correspondent

RAICHUR: The Government is committed to implement the recommendations of the High Power Committee for Redressal of Regional Imbalances headed by late D.M. Nanjundappa to achieve overall development of the backward districts in the Hyderabad-Karnataka region, Minister for Adult Education, Libraries, Small Savings and Lottery K. Shivangowda Naik has said.

He was speaking after lighting a lamp at Rangamandira here on Tuesday to mark the celebration of 100 days of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) Government in the State.

He said Chief Minister B.S. Yeddyurappa had sanctioned funds for improving the irrigation facility under the command areas of the Tungabhadra Left Bank Canal and the Narayanapura Right Bank Canal of Upper krishan Project. Apart from providing Rs. 5 crore for upgrading the airstrip at Yermarus village near Raichur, Rs. 5 crore had been reserved for establishment of an agricultural university here, he said.

Syed Yasin, Raichur MLA, who presided over the function, said the BJP government had recently released a special fund of Rs. 13 crore for development of some taluks including Deodurga in Raichur.

It should also release funds to other backward taluks to achieve uniform development of all regions in the State, he said.

Chief Guest N. Shankarappa, MLC, said the BJP government was concerned about upliftment of the poor and the needy. It had allocated funds to all sectors including irrigation and rural development to achieve all-round development of backward districts in the State. But the Congress and the Janata Dal (Secular) had failed to meet the demands of people, he said.

Book released

The Minister released a book highlighting the achievements of the 100 days of BJP rule in the State published by the Department of Information.

The Minister said the Government had efficiently handled the fertilizer problem faced by the farmers. He said the Government had not neglected the development of the Hyderabad-Karnataka region and had released funds for the purpose.