Staff Correspondent

HUBLI: The members of Somavamsha Sahasrarjun Kshatriya (SSK) Samaj will felicitate Chief Minister B.S. Yeddyurappa on behalf of the community on the occasion of the formal inauguration of the “Somavamsha Sahasrarjun Kshatriya Research Centre”, set up in Karnatak University, Dharwad.

Addressing presspersons in Hubli on Tuesday, President of Hubli-Dharwad SSK Samaj Y.C. Bhandage, chairman of D. Devaraj Urs Backward Classes Development Corporation Ashok Katwe and others, said that the Chief Minister would be felicitated at the varsity on September 24.

Purpose

They said that the research centre would help in understanding the history and heritage of the SSK community, the members of which were scattered across the country. The centre would go a long way in taking up research on the community and its contributions to the country, they said. Mr. Katwe said that the State Government had allocated Rs. 2 crore for the centre and it had already released Rs. 25 lakh in the first instalment.

Cost

He said that the revised proposal for the study centre had put the cost of building and other infrastructure at Rs. 3 crore.

During the Chief Minister’s visit, the community would urge him to approve the revised proposal.

He said the SSK community was backward and further development was needed.

The community would also demand more political representation to the community.

Help

To a query, Mr. Katwe said that the corporation had already chalked out a package for helping members of SSK Samaj, Kambar, Kumbar, Vishwakarma and other backward communities for providing assistance of up to Rs. 35,000 at a subsidised interest rate of 4 per cent.

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