KARNATAKA

`Govt. committed to welfare of poor'

KOLAR APRIL 15. The Government under the Chief Minister, S.M.Krishna, is committed to the welfare of the poor, V.Muniyappa, Mines and Geology Minister, has said.

He was speaking at a function to mark the 112th birth anniversary of Ambedkar here on Monday. Praising Ambedkar as a great visionary, Mr. Muniyappa said Ambedkar's ideas were still relevant and to fulfil his dreams, the poor should get education.

He said the Government had launched a unique project to provide houses to the houseless. Over 6.50 lakh houses were built in the last four years, he said and added that another 6 lakh houses would be constructed in the next two years.

Stating that though the governments at the Centre and in the State had launched various programmes for the welfare of the poor, he regretted that the desired results had not been obtained. He called for concerted efforts make a success of the welfare programmes.

K.H.Muniyappa, Kolar MP, who unveiled a portrait of Ambedkar, said dalits should pay attention to education. It is only through education that dalits could prosper. He called upon the leaders to initiate measures to check atrocities on dalits. He hailed the efforts of the Krishna Government to fill up over 16,000 backlog vacancies in the State.

K.Srinivasa Gowda, Kolar MLA, said though the governments had launched various welfare programmes, benefits had not reached the needy owing to lack of awarness.

He said dalit organisations should create awareness among dalits about the welfare programmes to help them avail of benefits.

B.Narayanaswamy, President of the Kolar Zilla Panchayat, M.C.Venugopal, Vice-President of the State Sports Authority, G.K.Venkatashiva Reddy, MLA and Chairman of MSIL, N.S.Bisegowda, Chairman of the Karnataka Small Scale Industries Development Corporation, B.S.Ramprasad, Deputy Commissioner, Shivananjaiah, Chief Executive Officer, Kolar Zilla Panchayat, and C.S.Jayaram, District Social Welfare Officer, were present.

Procession

A procession, led by the General Secretary of the Republic Party of India and former legislator, S.Rajendran, was taken out to mark 112th birth anniversary of Ambedkar in Kolar Gold Fields on Monday.

Mr. Rajendran also distributed 500 pots to women and also announced that three borewells would be installed in the mining colonies.

The legislator, M.Bakthavatsalam, inaugurated "Chinnaranagala" at the Block Education Office and distributed 250 saris to women and 80 uniforms to autorickshaw drivers. Old age pension cards and ration cards were also distributed to the residents of Oorgaumpet.

V.Shankar, Chairman, NGEF, Bangalore, and Arivazagan, Surgeon, Jayadeva Institute of Cardiology, Bangalore, conducted various programmes, including a free health camp, to remember Ambedkar on the occasion.

Speaking to presspersons, Dr. Arivazagan said that 4,000 patients were treated at the camp.

Mr. Shankar distributed 1,200 saris to the poor. As many as 15 tailoring machines and cash were distributed among 200 women. He also gave away 112 uniforms to autorickshaw drivers.

R.Sathya Murthy, President, BEML Employees Association, participated.

However, K.Rajendran, General Secretary (Labour Cell) of Janata Dal(S), boycotted the function in protest against the delay in settling wages of the employees by the BGML management and the Union Government.

Mr. Rajendran said that Ambedkar stood for the uplift of the downtrodden and underprivileged sections of society but the Union Government had ignored them.

He appealed to the Union and State governments to solve the issue in the interest of the employees.

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