Minister for Fisheries and district in-charge Anand V. Asnotikar has said that a comprehensive Rs. 3,500-crore project has been proposed to provide a permanent drinking water facility to Bijapur and Chitradurga districts on build, operate and transfer (BOT) basis.
Addressing presspersons after inaugurating an exhibition of khadi products organised by the Karnataka State Khadi and Village Industries Board at Guru Bhavan here on Thursday, Mr. Asnotikar said that the project was before the Government, and a final decision would be taken soon.
To a question on the longstanding demand for a government medical college here, he said that he would speak to Chief Minister D.V. Sadananda Gowda and other Ministers concerned about the matter. “Chitradurga certainly needs a government medical college,” he said.
With regard to upgrading the district government hospital by increasing the number of beds, he promised to speak to the officials of Finance Department for clearance. Asked about conducting Durgotsava, a cultural programme, which had been stopped for the past five years, Mr. Asnotikar said that he would discuss the issue with elected representatives and the officials concerned before taking a decision.
To a question, he said that steps would soon be taken to get a tahsildar appointed in Challakere taluk.
Earlier, speaking at the inaugural function, he said that the Union Government had not released Rs. 180-crore subsidy to the State for khadi development programmes.
He urged the people to promote indigenous products. “This will not only promote local industries but also provide jobs to local people,” he said.
In his address, S.K. Basavarajan, MLA, said that no matter how much funds the Government releases, khadi products were unlikely to become popular because people did not seem interested.
G.H. Tippareddy, MLC, called upon officials to be transparent in the implementation of project and alleged that many people had misused funds released for the development of khadi.
Deputy Commissioner Vipul Bansal, and zilla panchayat chief executive officer N. Jayaram, were present.