Acquire land for Kittur Rani Channamma schools: Minister

Exchange of views: Minister for Social Welfare D. Sudhakar (right) interacting with participants at a workshop in Bangalore on Tuesday.

Exchange of views: Minister for Social Welfare D. Sudhakar (right) interacting with participants at a workshop in Bangalore on Tuesday.   | Photo Credit: — Photo: V. Sreenivasa Murthy

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The residential schools will be set up at 114 places in the State

Rs. 5 crore to be sanctioned to revive LIDKAR

Panels to monitor quality of food in hostels

BANGALORE: Minister for Social Welfare D. Sudhakar on Tuesday asked his officers in the districts and the Deputy Commissioners to start acquiring land immediately for constructing Kittur Rani Channamma Residential Schools for the Scheduled Caste and Scheduled Tribe children at 114 places in the State.

Inaugurating a workshop for building capacity of the officers, implementing the various welfare programmes for the SCs, STs, Backward Classes and minorities and a meeting to review the performance of his department last year, the Minister said that the government order for land acquisition and construction would be issued soon. Mr. Sudhakar said that the funds would be released within two months.

The meeting was attended by Bharatlal Meena, Principal Secretary to the Department and the Social Welfare, Commissioner Baburao Mudabi. Mr. Meena said that wherever the residential schools were working in private buildings, land acquisition should be taken up immediately.

He asked the district officers to locate such plots, in the range of 15 to 20 acres and adjacent to the Morarji Desai residential schools or at a distance of one or two km away from them. If government land was not available, private land could be acquired at market rate, he added.

Mr. Sudhakar said that there were complaints about sub-standard food being provided to the inmates of the SC/ST, BCs and minority hostels and committees comprising wardens and parents of the hostel inmates had been constituted to improve it.

Chief Minister B.S. Yeddyurappa, the Minister said, had raised allocation for the SC and ST sub-plans to take up development activities during 2009-10 to Rs. 600 crore as against Rs. 200 crore last year. He said the Department had proposed to take up infrastructure works in Dalit colonies at Rs. 100 crore and for 500 Banjara tandas at Rs. 50 crore.

He said that it was proposed to sanction Rs. 5 crore for rejuvenating the government-controlled LIDKAR, Rs. 5 crore for construction of Babu Jagjivan Ram Bhavan in the city, Rs. 10 lakh each for constructing community halls in 200 Banjara tandas and Rs. 2 crore each for constructing Banjara Bhavans in Gulbarga, Bijapur, Haveri, Chitradurga and Shimoga.

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