Three sites identified for the purpose; final decision yet to be taken
Decision to implement Nanjundappa Committee report welcomedProposal to take up special development projects in backward regions
BELGAUM: The proposal to earmark Rs. 1,571 crore to remove disparities in the socially and economically backward regions of the State as per recommendations of the Nanjundappa Committee on "Removal of Regional Imbalances" made by Finance Minister B.S. Yediyurappa has come after a long wait.
The proposal made while presenting the annual budget for the year 2007-08 on Friday comes in fulfilment of the often repeated promises made by both Chief Minister H.D. Kumaraswamy and Deputy Chief Minister that the Janata Dal(Secular)-Bharatiya Janata Party coalition Government was committed to implementing the recommendations of Nanjundappa Committee. The Finance Minister has proposed to take up special development projects in the backward regions through a proposed Special Development Scheme.
The Belgaum District Kannada Organisations Action Committee has welcomed the decision of the Government to allocate Rs. 250 crore from the Budget for the establishment of Suvarna Vidhana Soudha in Belgaum to hold the joint session of the State Legislature once a year.
The committee has decided to take a delegation to meet the Chief Minister in Bangalore and request him to lay the foundation stone for the proposed Suvarna Vidhana Soudha without further delay.
The district administration has identified three sites for construction of the Suvarna Vidhana Soudha building but a final decision is yet to be taken.
It is important to note that it was the Congress Government then headed by former Chief Minister S.M. Krishna which had appointed the committee under noted economist late D.M. Nanjundappa.
It had envisaged an investment of about Rs. 16,000 crore over a period of eight years to redress the grievances of people in the backward regions, including north Karnataka and Hyderabad-Karnataka regions in northern Karnataka, and promised to implement it by providing additional funds.
Although the Government accepted the recommendations of the committee in toto it took time to make the budgetary allocation in that direction. So was the case with the following Congress-JD(S) coalition Government headed by former Chief Minister N. Dharam Singh, which however, took certain initiatives such as establishment of Women's University in Bijapur and Government medical colleges, including in Belgaum.
But, the present Government becomes the first to earmark funds specially to implement the Nanjundappa Committee recommendations. This decision was long awaited by the people of backward regions, particularly of northern Karnataka.