Bangalore Bureau

Priority to be given to maintaining law and order

Power generation in State to be doubled in five years

BANGALORE: The Bharatiya Janata Party Government on Friday announced that it will crack down on the distillation of illicit liquor, land grabbing, adulteration and black-marketing.

The warning comes close on the heels of the deaths of more than 150 people in the State after consuming illicit liquor.

In his address to the joint session of the legislature on Friday, Governor Rameshwar Thakur said the Government would give priority to maintaining law and order.

Stern action would be taken to put down terrorism and anti-national activities, he said and expressed confidence that the Centre would extend full cooperation in this endeavour. He said the Government would exercise constant vigilance to maintain harmony among all communities. Assistance would be provided to the minorities for establishing training centres for self-employment. Efforts would be made to improve the quality of Urdu schools, and peace committees would be set up at the taluk level.

He said the Government would double power generation in the State to 10,000 MW in the next five years. Private sector participation would be encouraged in the power sector. Efforts would be made to promote non-conventional sources of energy such as wind and solar power.

The Union Government would be persuaded to invest in power generation in the State.

Interestingly, the BJP has vehemently opposed the 4,000-MW ultra mega power generation project proposed by the Centre at Tadadi in Uttara Kannada.