Congress workers protest against `violation of protocol'
Government to sanction 14 more first grade colleges soon First grade colleges in 68 taluks planned Congress criticised for stalling the proceedings in the legislature
ARSIKERE (HASSAN DISTRICT): Minister for Public Works and Energy H.D. Revanna and Minister for Higher Education D.H. Shankaramurthy launched various development works here on Friday amidst a black flag demonstration by Congress workers against the "violation of protocol" by the district administration.
Mr. Revanna inaugurated first grade colleges to be opened at Arsikere and Baalenahalli, and a government high school at Shankaranahalli and laid the foundation stone for primary schools to be built under Sarva Shikshana Abhiyan scheme.
Mr. Shankaramurthy distributed three cycles to mark the launch the scheme for the benefit of girl students from rural areas. Addressing the gathering, Mr. Revanna said despite criticism from Opposition parties, the coalition Government was concentrating on the integrated development of the State as promised.
Despite being in power, the Congress could not even open a single first grade college during its five-year term. The Janata Dal (S)-BJP Government had not only opened a first grade college at Arsikere, but also in 13 places across the State.
The Government had resolved to sanction 14 more first grade colleges in the next few days and was planning to open first grade colleges in 68 taluks in the next academic year.
The Government had taken steps to appoint teaching and non-teaching staff in high schools and pre-university colleges opened during this academic year. On the achievements of the coalition Government, he sought to know whether it was crime to supply rice at Rs. 3.50 a kg to those coming under the Below Poverty Line category, extend farm loans at 4 per cent interest, and to distribute cycles to girl students in rural areas.
When people sought a reply from the district in-charge Minister on the alleged apathy of the Government in including Arsikere in the list of drought-affected taluks, Mr. Revanna said that he was aware of the problem and would take steps to solve their problem.
Referring to the excess fluoride content in drinking water, he said a Rs. 50-crore proposal had been sent to the Government for approval.
The National Highways Authority was conducting a survey to take up work on a four-lane road at Arsikere, he added. Criticising the Congress for stalling the proceedings in the legislature, he said it could raise various issues instead.
Mr. Shankaramurthy said the Government had succeeded in implementing many of the programmes announced by Deputy Chief Minister B.S. Yediyurappa in his budget speech.
The Government also succeeded in solving the Common Entrance Test imbroglio as promised and over 22,000 students were being benefited, he added.
Arsikere MLA A.S. Basavaraj was present.
Earlier, Congress workers led by former Minister B. Shivaram took out a black flag procession in the town alleging that the district administration was discriminating against Arsikere taluk in terms of development.
Addressing the workers, Mr. Shivaram said that the State Government was neglecting Arsikere taluk in taking up development works.
Though the taluk was facing a drought-like situation, it had not been included in the list of drought-hit taluks, he added.