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Centre has given permission to water supply scheme: Chief Minister

HASSAN: Chief Minister H.D. Kumaraswamy, who launched development works worth Rs. 120 crore in Arsikere on Wednesday, said the Union Government had accorded permission to a proposal by the State Government to provide permanent drinking water supply to all towns in Hassan district at a cost of Rs. 187 crore.

The development works launched today included a Rs. 50-crore receiving sub station and a Rs. 50-crore drinking water supply scheme for Arsikere. The Chief Minister also inaugurated two sub stations.

Mr. Kumaraswamy said that during a recent visit to New Delhi he and Energy Minister H.D. Revanna gave a representation to Union Minister Jaipal Reddy in this regard.

Hut-less district

Turning to Mr. Revanna who was present, he said that Hassan district should be converted into a “hut-less district (gudisalu rahitha jille)”. He said sites should be provided to all site-less people.

This is my ambition, he said and added that he would like to see that his home district was free from huts.

He said that at his public meetings, physically challenged people give him representation seeking financial assistance.

“We have raised their pension from the earlier Rs. 150 to Rs. 400. Through various departments, financial assistance of Rs. 10 crore is given in Hassan district alone. Now is the time for them to take up work and become self-reliant,” he said.

Facilities

The Chief Minister said that to give better facilities to farmers, the Government had decided to construct terminal markets for vegetables and fruits in four places, including one in Hassan, each estimated at Rs. 101 crore. He would lay the foundation stone for the terminal market building in Hassan on August 27.

“I am taking every step to see to it that farmers do not commit suicide,” he said.

On the demand of the local people to fill all tanks in Arsikere taluk, he promised that he would discuss it with irrigation experts before taking a final decision in the matter.

He also promised anganwadi workers that their honorarium would be increased in the coming days.

On the absence of Arsikere MLA A.S. Basavaraju (of the BJP) on the occasion, Mr. Kumaraswamy said, “Do not read too much into it.

He is leaving on a study tour of China and hence he has not come.”

Mr. Kumaraswamy distributed Bhagyalakshmi bonds to girls.

The former Rajya Sabha member, H.K. Javare Gowda, was present.

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