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WORK TO BEGIN: Deputy Chief Minister B.S. Yediyurappa unveiling the plaque of the `Mini Vidhana Soudha' in Hubli on Saturday. Pralhad Joshi, MP, and Minister Jagadish Shettar are also seen.
WORK TO BEGIN: Deputy Chief Minister B.S. Yediyurappa unveiling the plaque of the `Mini Vidhana Soudha' in Hubli on Saturday. Pralhad Joshi, MP, and Minister Jagadish Shettar are also seen.

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    HUBLI: Deputy Chief Minister B.S. Yediyurappa has asked officials to take steps to check pilferage of revenue in various government departments.

    He was addressing a public meeting here on Saturday after performing bhoomi puja for the construction of the mini Vidhana Soudha being built at a cost of Rs. 6 crore.

    The Deputy Chief Minister said that after the BJP-JD(S)coalition government came to power, revenue pilferage of over Rs. 350 crore had been checked, which had now been diverted to various development projects.

    The procurement of onions under the minimum support price scheme alone would put a burden of over Rs. 100 crore on the State exchequer, he said. He directed the officials to immediately clear the stock of onions procured under the scheme so that at least half the amount spent would be recovered.

    Mr. Yediyurappa said the Government had initiated the process of building 23 mini Vidhana Soudhas in the State in the current year. It also planned to lay foundation stones of 135 Morarji Desai Residential Schools across the State.

    He claimed that the coalition government had fulfilled 80 per cent of the announcements made in the budget.

    He said based on the report of Dr. Ravindra on the implementation of the recommendations of the Dr. Nanjundappa Committee, the Government would take up development works and allocate funds to the respective regions.

    R.B. Shiriyannavar and S.I. Chikkanagoudar, MLAs; Deputy Commissioner M.S. Srikar; and Police Commissioner Narayan Nadamani were present.

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