Says a meeting of officials will be convened for the purpose

Santosh Lad, Minister of State for Infrastructure and Information, has said that he will soon convene a meeting of officials to review the progress of all the ongoing infrastructure development projects.

“Several projects, including construction and expansion of airports in different districts and roads taken up under the infrastructure development programme, have commenced, and work on a few are yet to begin. I will soon convene a meeting of officials and review the progress and status of each project and initiate steps to complete them quickly,” Mr. Lad said, at a press conference here on Thursday, during his first visit to his hometown as a Minister.

To a question, he said that although he was a Minister from Dharwad district, he would work closely with his counterpart P.T. Parameshwar Naik, Minister for Labour Welfare, from Bellary district, for the development of his home district, with special focus on improvement of infrastructure and development of the world famous Hampi. “With iron ore available in abundance in the district, mining should prosper and steps will be taken to develop the district as a major steel hub in south India. I will, along with Mr. Naik, take up the issue of setting up steel industries with the government, without affecting the interests of farmers and the common man,” he said.

Mr. Lad said that he was keen on giving a facelift to the Information Department, besides filling all vacancies and creating basic infrastructure in all districts. He was also planning to issue closed user-group SIM cards to all information offices in the State for easy communication. “I am in touch with senior journalists in the State, seeking their suggestions to improve the functioning of the department more effectively,” he said.

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