KARNATAKA

BJP committee meeting tomorrow

Party to discuss issues confronting it

Chief Minister B.S. Yeddyurappa has said the core committee of the Bharatiya Janata Party will meet in Bangalore on August 7 to discuss issues confronting the party and the Government.

Mr. Yeddyurappa told a press conference here on Thursday that he cannot say whether the core committee would discuss Cabinet expansion. “The issues to be discussed in the meeting are top secret and cannot be revealed”, he added.

The Chief Minister promised to review the performance of all the ministries in his Government in the first week of September. “The review is to identify the difficulties and hurdles faced by the agencies/officials concerned in implementing the programmes of the Government so that solutions can be found to the problems thereby felicitating easy implementation of the development works in the State”, he added.

“On a given day review of two to three ministries would be made and it is expected that in a week's time review of the performance of all the ministries would be complete. It would be an opportunity to introduce corrective measures wherever there are problems implementing Government policies. Besides that, the review meeting will also help us introduce reforms in administration thereby bringing the Government and the people a little more closer”, he said.

Mr. Yeddyurappa said the party proposes to organise district-level conventions after the divisional-level conventions. The first district-level convention will be held in Belgaum on August 25. Then, on August 26, 27, and 28, it will be held in Bijapur, Bagalkot and Bidar districts respectively. “Similar conventions will be held in all the other districts also in a span of two months”, he added.

“During the district-level conventions, I will spend the entire day in the district, reviewing the development works taken up by the Government, listening to people's grievances during the tour of various areas in the district where conventions are held besides addressing the party convention”, Mr. Yeddyurappa said.

The city corporations have been provided with funds under the Chief Minister's Special Package for taking up developmental works. But in the wake of the fact that a dispute has arisen because the corporators are demanding separate allocations for each of their wards, the allocated funds remain unutilised. Taking serious exception to this, Mr. Yeddyurappa said, “This is a special fund given for a special purpose, and the corporators cannot expect separate allocations for each of the wards. And, because of the dispute if the funds remain unutilised, the Government will divert the funds to city corporations that are making use of the funds”.

Mr. Yeddyurappa said that the Government had provided Rs. 100 crore to city corporations and Rs. 5 crore to urban civic bodies under the Chief Minister's Special Package but not even 50 per cent of the allocated funds had been used.



  • Convention to be held in Belgaum, Bijapur, Bagalkot and Bidar districts
  • They will be organised on August 25, 26, 27, and 28 respectively

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