KARNATAKA

Rs. 2 crore for `Basava Bhavan', research work on Basaveshwara

SPREADING THE MESSAGE: Deputy Chief Minister B.S. Yediyuappa in front of the statue of Basaveshwara which he unveiled in Hubli on Saturday.  

Staff Correspondent

Yediyurappa unveils statue of the social reformer at Keshwapur Circle

HUBLI: Deputy Chief Minister and Finance Minister B.S. Yediyurappa has promised that Rs. 2 crore will be allocated in the forthcoming budget for the construction of a "Basava Bhavan" in Karnatak University in Dharwad and for research work on Basaveshwara.

Speaking at a public function after unveiling a statue of social reformer Basaveshwara here on Saturday at Keshwapur Circle, Mr. Yediyurappa said while Rs. 1 crore would be given for the building, Rs. 1 crore would be for research activities on Basaveshwara and on translation work.

The State Government had given Rs. 20 crore for the development of Basava Kalyan and work was under way, he added.

With the objective of taking up renovation of ancient temples and monuments, the State Government would soon set up the "Kannada Samskruti Samrakshana Pradhikara".

Basavaraj Bommai, MLC; MP Pralhad Joshi; and Leader of the Opposition in the Legislative Council H.K. Patil appealed to the Deputy Chief Minister to release Rs. 5 crore for the construction of Basava Bhavan and for academic work aimed at spreading the message of the 12th century social reformer.

Mr. Joshi urged Mr. Yediyurappa to construct a spacious "Rangamandir" in the name of Basaveshwara.

The function was held in the presence of Sri Gurusiddha Rajayogindra Swami of Moorusavir Math, Sri Chandrashekhara Swami of Shandilyashram and Sri Nijagunananda Swami. Tourism Minister B. Sriramulu; former Minister Jabbarkhan Honnalli; S.I. Chikkanagoudar, MLA; former MLA Chandrakanth Bellad; NWKRTC chairman Ashok Katwewere present.