KARNATAKA

`Government's response to debate disappointing'



Staff Reporter

Council welcomes proposal to thank President for addressing legislature

BANGALORE: The Legislative Council on Friday unanimously welcomed the proposal to thank President A.P.J. Abdul Kalam for the11-point mission he outlined for the State's progress, when he addressed a joint session of the legislature on November 20, 2005 and flagged off the golden jubilee celebrations of the unification of the State.

At the end of a two-day discussion on his speech, which Chief Minister H.D. Kumaraswamy has declared to be the Government's vision and mission, Congress and Janata Dal (U) members said the Government's response to the debate, made by Leader of the House D.H. Shankaramurthy, was "very disappointing."

Leader of the Opposition H.K. Patil said, "This is totally disappointing. There is no clear commitment on how the mission will be accomplished and the time frame, not even a line on how and why Mr. Kumaraswamy thinks that the President's vision should become the blueprint for Karnataka."

B.K. Chandrashekar (Congress) said the response showed that the Government had not done its homework and was relying entirely on facts and figures supplied by officials to give a lacklustre response.

Mr. Shankaramurthy said since the Budget is being presented on Monday, this response was drafted as the Government's intent on how it proposes to go about its policies.

Chairman V.R. Sudarshan suggested that the Government set up a committee headed by the Chief Minister to implement the11-point mission. An agenda of such importance must not be left to the officials to run, he added.