KARNATAKA

Coordination panel will resolve differences, says Yediyurappa

B.S. Yediyurappa  



Staff Correspondent

Says BJP is opposed to legislation to take over BMIC project Reiterates that the BJP is opposed to legislation to take over BMIC project

MYSORE: Without compromising on the Bharatiya Janata Party's stand against a government takeover of the Bangalore-Mysore Infrastructure Corridor (BMIC) project, Deputy Chief Minister B.S. Yediyurappa has expressed confidence that the differences between the coalition partners will be resolved by the coordination committee.

Speaking to presspersons here on Thursday, Mr. Yediyurappa said the Janata Dal (Secular)-BJP coordination committee would meet either on Thursday night or Friday and take a decision on the issue. "The coordination committee's decision in the matter will be final," Mr. Yediyurappa said.

Mr. Yediyurappa reiterated that his party was in favour of reclaiming "excess land" from the promoters of the project, Nandi Infrastructure Corridor Enterprise (NICE), and returning it to the farmers from whom it was acquired. But it was opposed to the proposed legislation to take over the entire project.

The Deputy Chief Minister dismissed suggestions that the Government's hostility towards NICE would discourage investment in the State. "No wrong signals will be sent to investors because of the BMIC tangle," he asserted.

`Private affair'

Mr. Yediyurappa made it clear that the June 16 inauguration of a 9-km stretch of the BMIC project was a private affair organised by NICE, and he would not attend the function.

He said the much-delayed expansion of the Ministry would take place shortly as the issue of "office of profit" had been resolved.

"We will carry out an expansion of the Cabinet and make appointments to posts of chairpersons and members of various boards and corporations in the State soon," he said.

Mr. Yediyurappa said the Government was planning to bring in legislation to check irregularities in the payment of tax at check-posts. "We will seize the vehicles dodging payment of tax and prosecute the drivers and owners," he said.

Training scheme

The Government was planning to start a scheme for the benefit of unemployed youth in association with small-scale industries. Youth would be trained by the small-scale units in various vocations. The trainees would get a stipend of Rs. 750 a month from the Government and an equal amount from the unit in which they were being trained, he said.

Mr. Yediyurappa also said cooperative institutions would provide loans to farmers at four per cent interest.

Industrial policy

Bellary Staff Correspondent writes: Mr. Yediyurappa said a new industrial policy would be announced in about a week's time. The draft was ready and he would discuss it with the Chief Minister before announcing it. He was speaking to reporters during a brief halt at the Jindal airstrip at Toranagal on his way to Mysore.

The new policy would give more thrust to infrastructure development to not only attract investors but also encourage setting up of major and small-scale industries.

With regard to the State's financial position, he said it was improving and steps were being taken to plug leaks.