Agriculture varsities to get 25,000 hectare

Chief Minister B S Yeddyurappa taking part in the “Atirudra Yaga” organised at Parashurama Kshetra in Udupi on Monday DH Photo.

Speaking to the media persons after taking part in the “Atirudra Yaga” organised at Parashurama Kshetra, Kuthyaru under the guidance of Pandit Shambhu Das here on Monday he said people have blessed BJP with the opportunity to rule the state there by giving a chance to serve the people. It is the occasion for the opposition party members to scrutinise the activities of the government. We both are performing our duties and let us wait for the public opinion, he said. He was reacting to the query on Congress leaders “Raj Bhavan Chalo” campaign.

Reacting to another query over coal based Udupi Power Corporation Limited thermal power plant, Yeddyurappa said, “Our government is totally against environment pollution but at the same time we also need development. Our intention is to take up development works simultaneously taking care of environment hazard. A Committee has been set up to go through the problems existing in the area. Pejawar seer has his own view towards development and his visionary thoughts will guide us always. We are in constant touch with the seer,” he added.Agriculture Universities across the state will be granted with additional 25,000 hectares of land to take up agricultural related activities to create financial reliance.

The decision was taken in the recently held meet of Vice-Chancellors in Davanagere, he said and added state government is supporting small and marginal farmers by offering Rs 10,000 in two installments of Rs 5,000 each. As many as 10 lakhs farmers are targeted in the scheme. The programme supporting farmers with loans at 1 per cent interest rate will be introduced within four to five days, he said.

“We have enough funds as we have introduced about Rs 3,000 crore surplus budget. Government has taken up the project introducing the repair and construction of about 15,000 kms stretches in the state. The roads will connect district, taluk and rural areas. A committee has been formed under the leadership of Chief Secretary to solve the problems involved in giving away the cycles to the students,” he said.

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