Special Correspondent

It will be prepared by the end of next month

BANGALORE: The State Government has decided to prepare an action plan by the end of June for systematic implementation of this year’s Special Development Plan (SDP) for removing regional imbalance as per the recommendations of the D.M. Nanjundappa Committee for Redressal of Regional Imbalances.

Chief Minister B.S. Yeddyurappa disclosed this to presspersons here on Wednesday after reviewing the development works taken up by various departments with respect to removing the regional imbalance.

He said he had directed the high-powered committee, which is monitoring the implementation of the SDP, and top-ranking officials to show tangible development in all the 114 taluks which had been classified as backward by the Nanjundappa Committee.

The Chief Minister noted that Rs. 2,579 crore had been allocated in this year’s State budget for implementation of the SDP. The plan which was launched in 2007-08 is scheduled to be implemented in eight years.

Mr. Yeddyurappa expressed confidence that it would be possible for him to bring about development in these backward taluks within the remaining four years of the Government’s tenure.

He said education, public health, skill development and rural development were the thrust areas for this year’s SDP which had been prepared based on consultations of the high powered committee with the heads of various departments and government agencies.

The proposed action plan would have taluk-wise allocation of funds as the SDP would be implemented taluk-wise, he noted.

A separate head of account had been provided in the budget documents for the implementation of the SDP so that it would be possible to effectively monitor this programme, he said.

It had also been decided to review the implementation of SDP at the State, district and taluk-level meetings of the Karnataka Development Programme.

Taluk-wise data

The chief executive officers of zilla panchayats, who will be nodal officers for the implementation of SDP at the district level, had been entrusted with the responsibility of collecting taluk-wise information on the progress of this scheme every month.

Mr. Yeddyurappa said Kittur Rani Chennamma Residential Schools for girls would be set up in all the 114 backward taluks in this year itself while model high schools and girls’ schools on the lines of Kasturba Gandhi Balika Vidyalaya would be set up in the 39 most backward taluks.

Plans were afoot to recharge the groundwater in these taluks by rejuvenating the dried-up open wells.

High-powered committee chairman Shashil Namoshi and Ministers Govind Karjol and S. N. Krishnaiah Setty were present.