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Minister for Rural Development and Panchayat Raj Jagadish Shettar honouring young musicians Shivani Mirajkar and Mohsin Khan at the Republic Day celebrations in Dharwad on Thursday.
Minister for Rural Development and Panchayat Raj Jagadish Shettar honouring young musicians Shivani Mirajkar and Mohsin Khan at the Republic Day celebrations in Dharwad on Thursday.

Minister for Rural Development and Panchayat Raj Jagadish Shettar has urged people to ensure that the infrastructure facilities provided by the Government are properly utilised.

At the 63rd Republic Day celebrations here on Thursday, Mr. Shettar said the public had to protect the infrastructure and amenities provided by the Government, and see that the maximum number of people made use of them.

The Government had already developed lung spaces and tourist centres in the city. Nrupatunga Betta had become a popular weekend joint. Constructing of the Pyramid here was under way, and the Unakal Lake park would be inaugurated shortly. But they should be properly safeguarded and utilised carefully, he said.

Mr. Shettar stated that the work of conserving natural water resources had been taken up on priority.

The Government had sanctioned Rs. 35 crore to rejuvenate 114 tanks in the district. Works on Rayapurakere, Bhyridevarakoppakere, Tolanakere and other tanks were in progress.

While the four-laning of the Hubli-Dharwad Road was in progress, the Government had cleared a Rs. 455-crore project to construct a six-lane road between Hubli and Dharwad and introduce the Bus Rapid Transit System, he said.

The Minister said the time had come to introspect on whether the States and the Union Government were following the provisions of the Constitution in letter and spirit, pointing out that the States in India were reorganised for administrative convenience and not with separatist intentions.

He emphasised that there should be review of the status of primary and higher education in the country. He pointed out that large numbers of youth in India were deprived of higher education and it was time to take a relook at the issue and think of corrective steps.

Later, Mr. Shettar honoured young musicians Shivani Mirajkar and Mohsin Khan, who secured the first place in Hindustani classical and instrumental music respectively at the recently-concluded national youth festival in Mangalore.


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