Staff Correspondent

Taluk Reorganisation Committee report termed ‘unscientific’

Business establishments and schools remain closed in the town

Agitation by Taluka Horata Samiti in Nidagundi enters fifth day

BIDAR: Residents of Chittaguppa town in Humnabad taluk of Bidar district observed bandh on Friday to protest against the Taluk Reorganisation Committee for not including Chittaguppa in the list of proposed new taluks.

Expect for minor incidents of stone throwing at a hotel and a shop, the bandh was peaceful.

Residents of the town, led by members of Chittaguppa Taluka Horata Samiti, took out a protest rally from Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel Chowk to the special tahsildar’s office. They termed the report submitted by chairman of the committee M.B. Prakash to the State Government “unscientific.”

The residents alleged that the committee had ignored reports of committees headed by P.C. Gaddigoudar, M. Vasudeva Rao and T.M. Hundekar which had recommended according taluk status for Chittaguppa. In a memorandum addressed to Chief Minister B.S. Yeddyurappa, members of the samiti appealed to him to accord taluk status for Chittaguppa as it fulfilled “all criteria”.

The members said Chittaguppa, a town municipal council, had a population of nearly 35,000. Moreover, there were 90 villages around the town. They said that the town had a government first-grade college, 110-kV power station, post office, branches of nationalised banks and office of the Circle Inspector of Police.

Mr. Yeddyurappa had promised to accord taluk status for Chittaguppa during his visits to the town, they said and wanted the Chief Minister to keep his word.

Life was affected in the town during the day, and shops and other business establishments and schools remained closed.

Vice-president of the samiti Vishwanath Bhavgi, convener of the samiti Vijaykumar Bomane, Mallikarjun Patil, Bheemanna Saka, Babu Bukari, and Govindraj Gorale were present.

Agitation continues

Bijapur Staff Correspondent writes:

Agitation launched by residents of Nidagundi village in Basavan Bagewadi taluk of Bijapur district, under the banner of Taluka Horata Samiti, entered fifth day on Friday.

The protesters staged a dharna in front of the office of the special tahsildar and raised slogans against the Taluk Reorganisation Committee.

Demand

The protesters said that Nidagundi, which had a population of 50,000 and over 80 villages in its surroundings, fulfilled all criteria for according taluk status.

Recommendation of the committee on declaring Kolhar as a new taluk seemed politically motivated, they said and added that this was a conspiracy of some elected representatives of the region.

“The D.C. Bhat Regional Study Report, Vasudeva Rao Committee, P.C. Gaddigoudar Committee and T.M. Hundekar Committee had recommended to the State Government to accord taluk status for Nidagundi, and according to the recommendations of these committees, the then Chief Minister S.M. Krishna had appointed a special tahsildar for Nidagundi,” they added.

The protesters demanded that the committee reconsider its recommendations.

Nidagundi had two ITIs, two junior colleges, D.Ed colleges, five secondary schools and over 20 computer training centres, they said and that the village was well-connected by both State and national highways and over 80 per cent of the revenue collected in Basavan Bagewadi taluk came from Nidagundi.

The protesters threatened that they would intensify their agitation if the authorities concerned failed to fulfil their demand.

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