KARNATAKA

KIMS to get Rs. 100 cr. in three phases

Staff Correspondent

Proposal given to Kumaraswamy

A delegation met Kumaraswamy and Yediyurappa Rs. 50 crore to be sanctioned in budget

HUBLI: Chief Minister H.D. Kumaraswamy and the Deputy Chief Minister B.S. Yediyurappa have agreed to release Rs. 100 crores in three phases for the development of Karnataka Institute of Medical Sciences (KIMS), Hubli, a premier medical institution in North Karnataka.

Addressing a joint press conference here on Friday, M.G. Hiremath, director, KIMS, and Patil Puttappa, president of the Committee of Citizens of Dharwad, said Mr. Kumaraswamy and Mr. Yediyurappa agreed to release the funds when a delegation of Ministers, elected representatives and eminent personalities of the region met the Chief Minister in Bangalore on Wednesday and Thursday.

Delegation

The delegation comprised MLAs and Ministers of seven districts led by Jagadish Shettar, members of KIMS Golden Jubilee Celebration Committee led by V.S. Acharya and committee of eminent citizens led by Patil Puttappa. The delegation met Mr. Yediyurappa on Wednesday and the Chief Minister on Thursday, they said.

The Chief Minister and Deputy Chief Minister were apprised of the present state of the KIMS. An eleven-point proposal on the development of the institution was submitted to both of them, Mr. Hiremath said.

The proposal on the amount of financial aid required for the purpose was also submitted. In all the comprehensive development of KIMS required Rs. 102.25 crore.

In phases

In the first phase, Rs. 50 crore would be allocated for the institute in the forthcoming State budget for 2007-08. The remaining Rs. 50 crore would be allocated in the State budget of 2008-09 would be released in two instalments of Rs. 25 crore each, he added.

International standards

Mr. Puttappa said if the funds were released according to the action plan submitted, then KIMS could develop into an institute of international standards in three years.