Staff Correspondent

Foundation stone laid for second unit of Bellary Thermal Power Station

  • 130 taluks reeling under drought and five districts facing floods
  • Government chalking out programmes to prevent migration

    KUDITINI (BELLARY DISTRICT): Chief Minister H.D. Kumaraswamy has said that machinery will not be used while executing works under drought relief programmes.

    Laying the foundation stone for the Rs. 2,106-crore second 500-MW unit at the Bellary Thermal Power Station here on Tuesday, Mr. Kumaraswamy said he would instruct Deputy Commissioners to ensure that machinery was not used in drought relief works.

    "All works, including removal of silt from tanks, are being done with the help of machinery, while the programme announced by the Government is to provide employment to people in the drought-hit areas. I will instruct the Deputy Commissioners to ensure that the drought relief programmes are implemented to benefit the needy and prevent migration," he said.

    Stating that 130 taluks were reeling under drought conditions and five districts were facing floods, Mr. Kumaraswamy said the Government was chalking out programmes to prevent migration by way of ensuring that each family earned an income ranging from Rs. 1,000 to Rs. 1,500 a month in the drought-hit areas.

    He said that the State Government had approved 40 projects with an estimated investment of over Rs. 62,000 crore. He said a garment manufacturer had agreed to set up a unit in Bidar and provide employment to about 30,000 people.

    Mr. Kumaraswamy hinted at a change the syllabus in educational institutions with more stress on self-employment.

    To a suggestion by Anil Lad, Kudligi MLA, that the Chief Minister convene a meeting of mine owners and industrialists in Bellary district who were keen to ensure overall development of the districts, he said: "Even without talking to any mine owner, I am facing a serious charge of corruption." He agreed to the suggestion of Home Minister M.P. Prakash to let Mr. Lad take the initiative and come out with concrete proposals.

    Kurgodu MLA Suryanarayan Reddy wanted Bellary Thermal Power Station to employ people whose land had been acquired for the project and adopt Kuditini village and provide basic amenities, and lift irrigation schemes for Kuditini and 13 other villages. Mr. Kumaraswamy promised to look into the matter.