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A team will soon meet Manmohan: Yeddyurappa

Task force in each district to oversee execution of projects

4,000-MW thermal power plant gets approval

Bijapur: Chief Minister B.S. Yeddyurappa has said that efforts would be made to convince Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to release more funds to the State to implement the recommendations of Dr. Nanjundappa committee and amendment Article 371 for the development of north Karnataka.

Addressing presspersons after inaugurating a building of the agricultural sciences college at Hitnalli Farm here on Wednesday, he said leaders of all political parties would be taken into confidence and a delegation would be taken to convince the Prime Minister.

He said that a task force would be formed in every district under the leadership of MLAs to oversee proper implementation of welfare schemes and projects and curb misappropriation of funds. The task force would submit a report on the progress of development works on regular intervals. “I will visit every district and conduct meetings with the MLAs and officers on the progress of development works,” he added.

Mr. Yeddyurappa said that the National Thermal Power Corporation (NTPC) had given approval for a 4,000-MW thermal power plant at Kudagi village in Basavanabagewadi taluk. A team lead by the NTPC director had visited the project site and work on the plant would commence shortly. To solve the drinking water problem in the district, the Government had taken up a tank-filling project and the first phase work was on. The Government would release funds for Chimmalagi and Gutti Basavanna lift irrigation projects in the district, the Chief Minister said.

On the protest by farmers of Indi and Sindagi taluks for release of Rs. 16 crore as compensation for uncrushed sugarcane for 2006-07, Mr. Yeddyurappa said the Government would release it in a fortnight.