Govt's achievements highlighted

HASSAN, JAN. 20. The President of the Hassan Zilla Panchayat, G.T.Indira, has said that the Government has kept its promise on execution of development projects in the State in the past two years.

Inaugurating ''Shimavalokana'', a programme to highlight the achievements of the Government in the past two years, here on Saturday, she said the zilla panchayat had provided drinking water to all villages.

Stating that the Government had launched a project to repair roads, she said all rural link-roads would be improved in the next three years.

Referring to the Government's programme to provide IT education to rural youths, she said schools at hobli-level had been given computers for the purpose. Yuva.Com centres had been opened in all taluks of the district. The Stree Shakti Scheme was formulated to empower women in rural areas, and several self-help groups had been formed for the purpose.

The Chief Executive Officer of the zilla panchayat, R.Narayanaswamy, highlighted the progress achieved in the implementation of projects to improve roads, drinking water supply, and education in the district.

He said 14,500 houses had been constructed under rural housing schemes against the target of 18,700 houses. A sum of Rs. 30 crore had been spent on the houses. The panchayat had implemented 154 piped water schemes, 203 mini-water supply schemes, and 74 World Bank-assisted schemes. It had sunk 569 borewells in the district. Eight urban water supply schemes had also been implemented at an estimated cost of Rs. 8.9 crore.

Mr. Narayanaswamy said 126 km. of roads in rural areas would be developed under the Pradhan Mantri Gram Sadak Yojana at a cost of Rs. 4.15 crore.

The Public Works Department would develop 500 km. of roads with assistance from NABARD. In all, Rs. 56 crore would be spent on roads in the current year. Work on 11 bridges had been completed.

The Government would implement the ''Sampoorna Gram Rozgar Yojana'' to provide employment to farmers during the lean season. A sum of Rs. 8.12 crore would be spent on the scheme by March end.

The district had received 4,300 tonnes of foodgrains for the scheme, he added.

He said the Government had released Rs. 23 crore of the Rs. 250 crore allocated to the district under the ''Sarva Shikshana Abhiyan'' scheme to develop schools.

Presiding over the function, the Belur MLA, S.H.Puttaranganath, said the Government had implemented most of the projects formulated by it, and schemes worth Rs. 50 crore had been executed in his constituency alone. The Assistant Director of the Information Department, K.R.Thope Gowda, welcomed the gathering. The Superintendent of Police, M.A.Saleem, was present. The programme was organised by the district administration and the Information Department. A film show highlighting the Government's achievements was screened on the occasion. B.K.Sumitra, M.Narayanaswamy and Banandur Kempaiah, artistes, presented a cultural programme.

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