‘Lots of money spent on utsav but there is no development in Kittur town'
Veteran journalist Patil Puttappa condemned intellectuals in the State for being silent on the recent political developments in the State.
Mr.Patil, who inaugurated a seminar organised as part of the ongoing Kittur Utsav celebrations here on Sunday, expressed shock and surprise over the complete silence of writers, poets, social thinkers and advocates on fast declining political morality and culture.
He recalled the collective efforts made by all such intellectuals, including many political leaders during pre-independence and initial years after the independence, to fight for righteousnessPoliticians today have not only corrupted politics but plunged the entire system beyond nauseating level, he said. Mr. Patil suggested that the Government, which was spending taxpayers' money for unconstructive and unproductive events, including State-sponsored festivals like Kittur Utsav, should use money cautiously and in a meaningful manner.
The Government has been spending a lot of money on Kittur festival but Kittur town has not changed at all. The roads and lanes and other civic amenities continue to be as bad as they were a few years ago.
He said that successive Governments had been promising taluk tag for Kittur town. He said the Government should make Kittur town a taluk and expedite development works taken up through the Kittur Development Authority.
Mr. Patil also suggested that Nippani should be accorded the status of a district. According to him, such a move would help address the boundary issue between Karnataka and Maharashtra.
Others who spoke on different topics included Ratnasheela Guraddi, Gurudevi Huleppannavar, Balanna Shigihalli, C.K. Navalgi and Belgaum District Kannada Sahitya Parishat president Basavaraj Jagajampi.