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Addressing a gathering in Hassan City on Thursday at an event organised to distribute insurance bonds to girl children and sarees to the mothers of the beneficiaries of the Bhagyalakshmi scheme he said if the Bhagyalakshmi scheme was implemented about 30 years ago, many of you would not have been denied education. To avoid similar fate to the present generation, passing SSLC has been made mandatory to get Rs one lakh financial aid.

He also said he was not looking for political mileage through the scheme. It was meant for empowering women. Admitting that incidences where money was being demanded from women who wanted the bonds, he said, “We know that some of the parents have been forced to pay bribes. We have now decided to send these bonds to the beneficiaries through registered post. I will enact a legislation to ensure that the scheme cannot be scrapped in future.”

Yeddyurappa reiterated that farmers would get agricultural loan at one per cent from next financial year. A gathering of medical staff of Hassan Institute of Medical Sciences, who were appealing to the Chief Minsiter to look into their problems were assured by Yeddyurappa that the Government would try to regularise their jobs.

A rally led by JD(S) leader H D Revanna to the venue came to naught due to heavy downpour. The police stopped the rally, which arrived at the venue, but it could not carry out its plans further as it began raining heavily making the people to scurry for cover.

As the JD (S) had opposed free saree distribution by the government in Mandya and Ramanagar , the police did not take any chances in Hassan, which is again domain of the Deve Gowda clan. Prohibitory orders were clamped in the City and taluk headquarters to avoid law and order problems. Police security was provided to the venue.

JD(S) leaders boycott

The JD(S) leaders including MLA H D Revanna boycotted all the development programmes organised by the Government on Thursday in Hassan, even as Chief Minister B S Yeddyurappa for the first time in the last two-and-half years participated in a programme in Hassan district.

Revanna said Hassan had received no grants after the BJP came to power. It is entitled for Rs 450 crore but the funds have not been released, and many projects  are languishing, he alleged.

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