Special Correspondent

Centre urged to resolve State’s problems

Plea to implement Sarojini Mahishi report

SHIMOGA: The Karnataka Nava Nirmana Sene has decided to lay siege to the Parliament House in New Delhi on February 28 urging the Centre to resolve several long-pending problems of Karnataka.

Stating this at a press conference here on Wednesday, State president of the organisation Bhimshankar Patil said that the implementation of the Sarojini Mahishi Report seeking adequate job opportunities to Kannadigas should be implemented in Central and other public sector industries, including the railways.

He demanded that 80 per cent of the “D” group jobs in the State in the Railways be reserved for Kannadigas.

Expressing concern over the delay in the implementation of the Sarojini Mahishi Report, he urged the State Government to pressure the Centre to accept in toto its recommendations. He said that the State Government could do so only if it implemented the report.

He said that the State Government was in the know of the Centre’s move to constitute the tribunal to resolve the inter-State dispute over the Kalasa-Banduri project but could not do anything to thwart it while it did not take the necessary precautionary measures to protect the State’s interest in the Hogenekkal project across the Cauvery.

Mr. Patil said it was unfortunate that the World Kannada Meet scheduled to be held at Belgaum was being postponed frequently and it only showed that government’s indifference towards the interest of Kannada.