Special Correspondent

Yeddyurappa promises adequate funds for its development

Two high schools each sanctioned to Surpur, Yadgir and Shahpur taluks

5,000 more houses to be built in the new district

GULBARGA: Chief Minister B.S. Yeddyurappa on Saturday formally inaugurated Yadgir as the 30th district of the State and promised to provide adequate funds for its development.

The Chief Minister said that political parties should ignore petty politics and work for the development of the State after elections.

Mr. Yeddyurappa said that Yadgir stood last in all indices, including education, health and housing, and stressed the need for a special focus to develop it on par with other developed districts.

He said that it was shocking to note that only 40 per cent of the population of the district was literate and the school dropout rate was very high and the enrolment ratio was one of the lowest in the State. The State Government was committed to increasing the literacy rate in the new district, he added. In this direction, the Chief Minister sanctioned two high schools each to Surpur, Yadgir and Shahpur taluks from this academic year. He was ready to sanction a polytechnic each to these taluks, he said and asked the legislators from the new district to send proposals in this regard at the earliest. He said the health indicators presented a sad picture and the Government was committed to improving the health delivery system in the new district. Referring to the housing problems in Yadgir, the Chief Minister said 5,000 additional houses under various schemes would be built in the new district and asked the district administration to send the beneficiaries' list to the Government. Mr. Yeddyurappa said that his Government would ask the Housing Board to construct low-cost houses for middle-class families if the district administration formed a layout of 25 acres each in the headquarters of the three taluks.

He said that the Government was ready to sanction Rs. 100 crore during the current financial year for various development projects in Yadgir district and directed the district administration to prepare a master plan. “I will come back after four months to review the progress made in the implementation,” he added.Water Resources Minister Basavaraj Bommai, former Minister A.B. Maalakaraddy, Raju Gowda and Baburao Chinchansur spoke.