Staff Reporter

Kumaraswamy promises infrastructure, conducive environment

BANGALORE: The Government is willing to go the extra mile in promoting public-private partnership, building infrastructure and creating a conducive environment in which the private sector can create more jobs for Kannadigas, Chief Minister H.D. Kumaraswamy said here on Thursday.

Launching the Suvarna Kayaka Udyoga Shikshana Yojane (SKUSY), a public-private partnership with industry through bodies such as the Karnataka Small-scale Industries Association, the Federation of Karnataka Chambers of Commerce and Industry, the Bangalore Chamber of Industry and Commerce and the Confederation of Indian Industry to generate one lakh jobs, particularly for rural youth, Mr. Kumaraswamy said the Government planned to create new industrial magnets away from Bangalore. Such centres were already being contemplated at Nargund in Gadag district and Ramadurg and Hoovinahadagali in Bellary district, he said.

Mr. Kumaraswamy said he had always been an advocate of public-private partnership.

He congratulated industry captains who had chosen to the State as their base, making Bangalore the third highest generator of foreign investment and Mysore the ninth.

Although it was heartening to see so many Kannadigas shining in the information technology and other sectors in the U.S., not many industries back home had given jobs to Kannadigas, and that was something the SKUSY aspired to address.

Industrialists felicitated

The Chief Minister felicitated 17 industry captains who have not only put Bangalore and the State on the global map but also created thousands of jobs for local people in various sectors.

Infosys Technologies founder N.R. Narayana Murthy, speaking on behalf of the IT industry, said if the Government showed a greater measure of pragmatism and helped the private sector, millions of jobs could be created. He chastised the Government for being tardy on road improvement projects, which was creating bottlenecks and traffic jams leading to the loss of hundreds of man-hours a week.

The Bangalore International Airport, being built in partnership with Swiss and German agencies, was being finished ahead of schedule, but it would be of no use if the roads were not ready in time. "A small stretch of 450 metres that will increase connectivity for Electronics City is left undone, and traffic on Hosur Road remains chaotic because of it," he said.

He said the SKUSY was a very good initiative that would bring the private sector closer to the Government in creating more jobs, ensuring better quality of life and also making for better cities and towns. "But we need help too with infrastructure. The IT industry has created 3.5 lakh jobs. Infosys has created 20,000 in Bangalore, 3,000 in Mysore and 2,000 in Mangalore. Together we can create 3.5 million jobs," he said.

Souvenir released

Deputy Chief Minister B.S. Yediyurappa and Industries Minister Katta Subramanya Naidu, who is acknowledged as the architect of the SKUSY, were present at the function where a Suvarna Karnataka souvenir was released. The 17 industry leaders who were felicitated on Thursday were Dines Himatsingkha, Capt. G.R. Gopinath, Kiran Mazumdar-Shaw, Manmohan Attavar, Mr. Narayana Murthy, T.V. Narayana Shastry, S.S. Patil, Rajendra Hinduja, Ramdas Pai, Sadananda Maiya, Sajjan Jindal, Shamanur Shivashankarappa, Srinivas Shirugurkar, Vidya Murkundi, Vijay Mallya, Vikram Kirloskar and Azim Premji.