Officials yet to get directions from the government
It is not yet clear whether the Congress government will continue the precedent set by the Bharatiya Janata Party government to hold at least one Cabinet meeting in a year here.
It was the Congress government under the late Gundu Rao which started the practice of holding Cabinet meetings outside Bangalore in the early 1980s when it was held here to discuss the backwardness of the region, among other things. The man behind this decision was the late C.M. Stephen, who was elected to the Lok Sabha from Gulbarga in 1980.
Board set up
The decision to set up a high-powered committee headed by N. Dharam Singh to recommend ways to end the backwardness of the Hyderabad Karnataka region was taken at this meeting. The committee’s recommendations later became the basis for the formation of the Hyderabad Karnataka Area Development Board.
Although there were demands for holding Cabinet meetings here regularly, at least once in a year, successive governments did not consider it. The BJP government headed by B.S. Yeddyurappa, who reportedly had a soft corner for the region, revived the practice in 2008. Meetings were held again here in 2009, 2010, 2011, and 2012.
However, indications are that the Congress government is unlikely to continue the practice this year as officials have not got any directions so far.
Chief Minister Siddaramaiah during his visit to Gulbarga a couple of months ago did not give any clear answer to queries on the issue. “A decision will be taken after the winter session of the legislature in Belgaum,” was the curt reply given by him when asked about it during a visit to Gurmitkal in Yadgir district. Ministers from the district and senior officials too feign ignorance about it.
Previous Cabinet meetings had proved to be beneficial as projects worth crores of rupees were sanctioned to the region. It also gave an opportunity to the government to bestow its attention to the long-pending problems here.
With the government taking a decision to hold the winter session of the Assembly in Belgaum in the Bombay Karnataka region every year, holding at least one Cabinet meeting here will clearly send signals to the people that the interests of the Hyderabad Karnataka region too are in its agenda.
The practice of holding Cabinet meetings outside Bangalore was started in the late 80s The BJP government headed by B.S. Yeddyurappa revived it in 2008
The practice of holding Cabinet meetings outside Bangalore was started in the late 80s
The BJP government headed by B.S. Yeddyurappa revived it in 2008