Staff Correspondent

Bridge planned across the Kagina at a cost of Rs. 4 cr.

Focus on dairy sector to help boost job opportunities

DONGAON (GULBARGA DISTRICT): For the people of Dongaon village in Chitapur taluk, the visit of Chief Minister H.D. Kumaraswamy as well as his overnight stay was memorable. Mr. Kumaraswamy is the first Chief Minister to visit the village.

The village with a population of about 2,500, situated in a remote corner of the taluk, though economically well off, is backward in areas such as communication, infrastructure and basic amenities. As much as 90 per cent of the population is illiterate and the village has classes only up to 8th standard in the Government Higher Primary School there. The dropout rate in the school is 30 per cent.

The people, particularly women, dressed in traditional attire, waited patiently for more than five hours for the Chief Minister to arrive. He was given a rousing welcome by the residents who offered him “Purna Kumba” upon his arrival. He was taken in a procession to the Government Higher Primary School.

Mr. Kumaraswamy, who addressed the gathering, said the Government had decided to distribute 50,000 milch animals to women from economically weaker sections of society. This had been done to improve their lot, he added. While recounting his experiences with regard to Janata Darshans, he said most people he had interacted with desired government employment. He reiterated that the Government could not provide employment to all because of various limitations. With a view to providing employment in multifarious avenues, the Government had decided to focus on the dairy movement in rural areas, he said. The Chief Minister dined with his ministerial colleague Sharanabasappa Darshanapur, Chitapur MLA Vishwanath Patil Hebbal, Scheduled Tribe Development Corporation Chairman Sunil Valyapur, Surpur MLA Raju Gowda and former Deputy Speaker Chandrasekhar Reddy Madana. The next day he held his Janata Darshan before leaving for Chitapur to pay obeisance at the Nagavi Yellamma Devi Temple.

Rail line

Addressing a public meeting in Chitapur town, Mr. Kumaraswamy said that the Government would categorise the Bidar- Gulbarga rail line as a State-assisted project and provide funding for it.