CM focuses on flood, drought, jobs for Kannadigas in I-Day speech

Yediyurappa commends Union government’s decision to revoke the special status of J&K

The flood and drought situations in the State, employment for Kannadigas and the removal of special status to Jammu and Kashmir by the Union government were some of the issues that Chief Minister B. S. Yediyurappa touched upon in his Independence Day speech on Thursday.

India’s 73rd Independence Day celebration was held at Field Marshal Manekshaw Parade Ground where the CM hoisted the national flag. He spoke about the destruction wreaked by heavy rains and flood in several parts of the State.

Karnataka, he said, was witnessing nature’s fury, the likes which had not been seen in the past 45 years. More than 60 people had lost their lives in the floods. “The State is facing two extreme weather conditions. More than half of the State is flooded. As many as 103 taluks in 22 districts are submerged. Amidst this, at least five districts have not received enough rain,” the CM said. A compensation of ₹5 lakh to families of the deceased will be disbursed within 48 hours.

On the extent of relief measures, he said that almost 6.97 lakh people had been evacuated to safer places out of which 3.96 lakh people are taking shelter in the 1224 relief centres opened by the district administrations. . “I have asked the teams of legislators and parliamentarians to expedite relief operations after reviewing the situation prevailing on the ground. Teams headed by the additional chief secretary -level officers have taken the charge of the flood affected districts assigned to them,” the CM said.

‘Kannadigas must get lion’s share in jobs’

The CM said that his government would ensure that Kannadigas received the lion’s share of jobs available in the State. “There has been an increasing clamour that employment representation of Kannadigas in jobs in Karnataka is on the decline. We are committed to ensuring that the self-respect and job opportunities of Kannadigas are never compromised. At the same time, in the federal structure, we are ready to offer equal opportunities to all those who come to Karnataka seeking employment opportunities,” the CM said.

‘Goal of Akhand Bharat achieved’

Hailing the decision of the Union government to revoke the special status of Jammu and Kashmir, Mr. Yeddiyurappa said that Prime Minister Narendra Modi had made a historic decision to end the reign of terror in the valley. “The dream of Shyama Prasad Mukherjee, Deen Dayal Upadhyaya, Atal Bihari Vajpayee and lakhs of Indians is now a reality. With this, the goal of Akhand Bharat has been achieved, ”he said.

One of the highlights was the dance drama — ‘Jallianwala Bagh Massacre – 1919’ — performed by 600 students of Harohalli BBMP school in the city to mark the centennial year of the massacre. A team of 26 from Madras Engineering Group and Centre performed gymnastics, while a team of 13 from Madras Regimental Centre, Wellington from Tamil Nadu also exhibited Kalaripayattu skills.

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