Staff Reporter

Chief Minister launches welfare schemes in Ramanagaram

RAMANAGARAM: Chief Minister H.D. Kumaraswamy on Saturday defended the Government's plans to build Bidadi and other townships and said the move to shift the seat of the Rajiv Gandhi University of Health Sciences to Ramanagaram, his constituency, would bring education and jobs to the people.

Addressing a large gathering here after inaugurating the Suvarna Arogya Mela, Udyoga Mela, and several welfare schemes and projects, Mr. Kumaraswamy, who was seven hours behind schedule, made his speech at 10.30 p.m. Mr. Kumaraswamy used the occasion to take a dig at the Congress, and his detractors who have adduced motives to all the schemes and programmes of his Government.

"I am committed to farm loan waiver plans, but the Opposition wants more. In the 45 years of their rule, what did they do for farmers? Now when we are trying to mitigate the suffering of debt-ridden farmers, they want waiver of commercial loans as well," Mr Kumaraswamy. said. He said in order to protect the farmers' interests, he had announced that 35 per cent of the land acquired from them would be returned to them.

Mr. Kumaraswamy's itinerary for the day included launching the Udyoga Mela, the Suvarna Arogya Mela, the computer centre at the Government Urdu High School, an exhibition of the products of self-help groups.