Kharge slams CM for not attending function

Yeddyurappa busy distributing sarees

Humane Union Minister Mallikarjun Kharge and MLA Narendra babu distributing fruits to patients during the inauguration of ESI model hospital at Rajajinagar in Bangalore on Saturday. DH photo

Inaugurating the programme, Kharge said the Chief Minister appeared to be more keen on attending saree distribution programme where the State is hardly spending Rs one crore, rather than being present at the inauguration of the hospital which would benefit thousands of workers. He recalled that Yeddyurappa was absent at the foundation-laying ceremony of the Central University coming up at Gulbarga at a cost of Rs 1,000 crore.

The attack on Chief Minister stunned state Labour minister Bachegowda, state Law and Parliamentary affairs minister Suresh Kumar and the Mayor of the City S K Nataraj, who were sharing the dais with Kharge. Redfaced, the BJP leaders were seen murmuring among themselves as Kharge launched his attack against Yeddyurappa.

“The Chief Minister is so busy that he never gets time to discuss issues pertaining to the Rashtriya Swasthya Bima Yojana (RSBY), meant to benefit unorganised sector”. The RSBY provides a medical aid up to Rs 30,000 to the workers in unorganised sector and their family members, said Kharge, adding that the State has to bear merely 25 per cent of it while the rest is paid for by the Union Government.

The project is running at a slow pace in the State,” said Kharge. He said setting up a similar super speciality hospital for the workers in unorganised sector was being delayed due to the Chief Minister’s preoccupation. Kharge, however, said Bachegowda was “working hard” on RSBY.

The Union Miniter said he wanted to discuss with the Chief Minister setting up Skill Development Centres for the unorganised sector in Bangalore and Gulbarga. For the Bangalore Unit, at least 20 acres of land is required while the state government was ready to provide a mere two acres.

Kharge said the Centre has allocated Rs 1,600 crore in the last two years for upgrading and building various facilities like medical college, dental college and a nursing college in Bangalore and ESI hospitals in Mysore, Davangere and Mangalore. He added that the Centre is spending Rs 800 crore in Bangalore alone.

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