`Priority will be given to Nanjundappa committee recommendations' `Priority will be given to implement Nanjundappa committee recommendations'
Chief Minister saysGovernment making efforts to improve basic facilities in backward districtsFunds will be released to complete pending works
Gangavathi (Koppal dist.): Chief Minister H.D. Kumaraswamy has said that the Government will give top priority to implementation of recommendations of the High Power Committee for Redressal of Regional Imbalances headed by D.M. Nanjundappa for overall development of north Karnataka region.
He was speaking at a function after inaugurating a building of the traffic police station, Gangavathi-Munirabad road via Anegondi and laying foundation stones for various developmental works in Gangavathi on Thursday.
`Efforts are on'
He said that the Government had been making efforts to improve basic facilities in urban and rural areas in all the backward districts in north Karnataka. It was decided to implement the recommendations of the Nanjudappa Committee in phases, which suggested provision of more funds and special attention to remove disparities in the region.
He said that he was aware that Koppal district was the most backward in many respects in the Hyderabad-Karnataka region. Expressing concern over some of the pending projects in the district, the Chief Minister said that work on a bridge across the Tungabhadra near Anegundi in Gangavathi was stayed owing to objections raised by the UNESCO. But now it had given permission to go ahead with the work on the bridge. The Government would release funds to complete it soon.
Work on the proposed Munirabad-Mahaboobnagar railway line via Raichur had been neglected, he said and added that he would meet Railway Minister Lalu Prasad and appeal to him to allocate more funds to speed up work. Mr. Kumaraswamy said that the Government had given special attention to completion of all pending irrigation projects in Krishna and Cauvery basins.
M.P. Prakash, former Deputy Chief Minister and Ministers N. Cheluvaraya Swamy, Sharanabasappa Darshanapur, R. Ashok, Hanumanthappa Alkod; K. Veerupakshappa, MP; MLCs H.R. Srinath and Kariyanna Sangti; and MLAs Basawaraj Rayareddy and Basawara Hitnal were present.