Backward areas may get Central assistance

CM asked to approach plan panel

He has asked CM to seek assistance for the implementation of D M Nanjundappa Committee Report on regional imbalance in Karnataka. He has assured the chief minister that he will do his best in this regard.

Replying to the civic felicitation offered to him by the Gulbarga Mahanagara Palike here on Friday, Kharge stated that the Centre had sympathetic view with regards to addressing regional imbalance and the Planning Commission may respond positively if the State government made out a case for itself.

He advised the Chairman of the D M Nanjundappa Report Implementation Committee, Shashil Namoshi, who was sharing the dais with him, to prevail upon the chief minister to call on the Deputy Chairman of the Planing Commission Montek Singh Ahluwalia. “If Yeddyurappa choose to approach the Planning Commission and the Union Planning Ministry, I will render all my assistance,’’ Kharge said.

He revealed that he has already prevailed upon the Railway Minister, Mamata Banerjee and the Minister of State K H Muniyappa on the need for setting up Railway Divisional office in Gulbarga and include the proposal in the Railway Budget for the year 2009-10.
He has also brought pressure on the Railways for the expeditious execution of the Bidar-Gulbarga, Raichur-Gadwal, Munirabad-Mehboobnagar railway lines. “I have submitted the proposals to the Railway Ministry. It may be little bit late. However, we shall make our efforts to get our due in the next Railway Budget,’’ he said.

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