Address to joint session lays out agenda for development
Bangalore: Governor Rameshwar Thakur on Friday announced that the Government was determined to provide people with five basic needs — food, health, education, housing and peace and social justice — for building a strong and prosperous Karnataka.
The Government, he said, was contemplating redefining poverty by categorising families as “extremely poor” and “poor”.
Addressing a joint session of the legislature, Mr. Thakur said that the Government led by the Bharatiya Janata Party had an agenda for development and responsive governance. Action would begin soon to give shape to this resolve. He sought the cooperation of all “irrespective of political affiliations”.
Beginning his speech with a reference to President’s Rule, Mr. Thakur said he was happy that the people had given their verdict for a new Government and congratulated them for the peaceful conduct of elections to the Legislative Assembly.
The Government would formulate programmes for farmers to revive agriculture, promote dry-land farming, remove silt from tanks and recharge the water-table.
He said opportunities would be given to women in the decision-making process in the Government and local government institutions. Free education up to the college level would be provided to girls from families living below the poverty line.
A law would be enacted to protect women against harassment at workplaces. Stree Shakti Bhavans would be constructed in taluk headquarter towns, entrepreneurs would be given guidance, voluntary organisations would be assisted to construct hostels for women and self-help groups would be strengthened. Mr. Thakur said that the Government would strive to achieve total literacy. It planned a community health insurance scheme for the poor, skill development programmes for the youth and drinking water projects for urban and rural areas.
The Government would improve infrastructure in hostels for the Scheduled Castes and the Scheduled Tribes and pay special attention to providing drinking water, sanitation and educational and health facilities to Dalit families.
In the next five years, housing would be provided to families without houses. In-situ housing would be encouraged in slum areas and basic amenities provided.
The Government would construct jetties and cold storages and dredge harbours for the development of fisheries.
Inland fisheries would receive special encouragement and fishermen would be provided with houses.