Special Correspondent

New textile policy to provide five lakh jobs

Airport at Gulbarga to be constructed within two years

GULBARGA: The State Cabinet on Friday gave its approval to the new textile policy, which will be in vogue for five years, under which the Government proposes to spend Rs. 500 crore for development of the textile industry in the State.

Addressing presspersons on the decisions taken in the Cabinet meeting, Chief Minister B.S. Yeddyurappa said that the policy, which contains several sops to garment manufacturers and the textile industry, would provide employment to five lakh people in the next five years. The expected investment in the sector in the State was around Rs 10,000 crore over the next five years, he said.

Mr. Yeddyurappa said the Cabinet approved the establishment of a Central University in Gulbarga and had decided to provide 500 acres of land required by the Central Government for the establishment of the university. In principle it has been decided to set up the university in between Kadaganchi and Suntanur villages in Aland taluk. “If the Central Government wants the university to be located near Gulbarga, the State Government will look out for suitable land for the purpose,” he said.

The Cabinet also decided to establish the Balvikas Academy for the overall development of children and the headquarters of the academy would be located at Dharwad. The Chief Minister said a Cabinet sub-committee under his chairmanship would be constituted with Ministers of Public Works, Minor Irrigation, Water Resource, Revenue, cooperation and Animal Husbandry to oversee the implementation of all the decisions taken at the Cabinet meeting held on Friday.

Mr. Yeddyurappa said the Cabinet decided to convert the traditional observance of the Mysore Dasara as “Nada Habba” to give a universal touch to the celebrations. To a question on the long-pending demand for establishing a police commissionerate, the Chief Minister said that the issue would be finalised after getting a report in this regard.

The Cabinet decided in-principle to give its approval for the construction of an airport at Bellary and gave its approval for selecting suitable land and acquire the same. The airport at Gulbarga would be constructed within two years, he said.

The Cabinet gave its approval for North Eastern Karnataka Road Transport Corporation to raise a loan of Rs. 100 crore for taking up modernisation works of the existing bus stands and depots. It decided to increase the allocation for the improvement of infrastructure facilities in educationally backward districts from Rs. 8.6 crore to Rs. 97 crores this year. It has been decided to upgrade the 43 km of State highway between Mangasuli and Lakshmeshwar in Kundagol in Dharwad district at a cost of Rs. 103 crore. This year, Rs. 35 crores would be released for the road. Mr. Yeddyurappa said that the cabinet approved development of the bypass road in Bellary city on Build Operate Transfer (BOT) basis. The Devadasi Prohibition Act would be further amended to punish the perpetuators of the system, he added.