Special Correspondent

Brainstorming session with top officials planned on Saturday

Preparatory meetings being held with Ministers

Ways to mobilise resources being discussed

Bangalore: In a bid to tone up the State administration and accelerate the pace of implementation of development schemes, Chief Minister B.S. Yeddyurappa will hold his second ‘Chintana Manthana, a brainstorming session, with top officials at a resort on the outskirts of Bangalore on Saturday.

In preparation for the session, the Chief Minister on Tuesday began a four-day exercise to review the performance of all Ministers in the Bharatiya Janata Party Government, after sorting out differences with some of his ministerial colleagues who criticised his “style of functioning”.

In his keynote address at the meeting with Ministers, Mr. Yeddyurappa said he would review, with Ministers and officials, the progress, achievements and problems faced by various departments. Four ministerial teams have been formed based on the programmes being implemented by different departments.

The first ‘Chintana Manthana’ was held on August 13 last year.

Progress report

On Tuesday, the Chief Minister released a progress report of the Water Resources Department and reviewed the progress and achievements of the Water Resources, Agriculture, Minor Irrigation, Watershed, Cooperation and Agricultural Marketing departments.

He will hold a review meeting on Wednesday with Revenue Minister G. Karunakara Reddy and his brother, Tourism and Infrastructure Minister G. Janardhan Reddy, who, along with some other Ministers and legislators, had expressed unhappiness with the Chief Minister’s style of functioning.

It is stated that meetings, being held ahead of the extended budget session of the legislature, which will begin on July 9, will also help the Ministers prepare for the session, where the Opposition is expected to criticise the Government on various issues.

In the backdrop of the economic slowdown, the meetings will also discuss ways to mobilise resources for programmes announced in the State Budget for 2009-10. Though Karnataka has the highest tax collection in the country — 11.35 per cent of the Gross State Domestic Product (GSDP) — the Chief Minister said serious thought needed to be given to the effective utilisation of government revenues.

The Government has already constituted an Expenditure Review Commission under the chairmanship of the former Chief Secretary B.K. Bhattacharya.

‘Coordination needed’

Noting that the pace of implementation of development schemes had not reached the expected level, Mr. Yeddyurappa said coordination among departments in the implementation of schemes remained a major challenge for the Government.

Besides Ministers and officials of the departments concerned, officials of the Planning, Finance, Personnel and Administrative Reforms and Law departments, the Chief Secretary, the Additional Chief Secretary and the Development Commissioner participated in Tuesday’s meeting.