CM makes no new announcement

But promises to implement programmes rolled out by Yeddyurappa

CM makes no new announcement

Plain speaking: Chief Minister D V Sadananda Gowda  delivers his maiden Independence Day address at the Parade Grounds in Bangalore on Monday. DH Photo

Chief Minister D V Sadananda Gowda said his government would empower people by upholding their right to food, health, education, housing and social justice.

The Chief Minister in his maiden Independence Day address at the Field Marshal Manekshaw Parade Grounds in Bangalore said his government was “fully committed” to the principle of equitable distribution and equality in development.

“Our government will strive to improve infrastructure facilities both in urban and rural areas and also increase employment potential for youth”, he said.

 Assuming office of the Chief Minister during the “month of Independence” had made him immensely happy, said Gowda, who assumed office on August 4 after his predecessor B S Yeddyurappa’s resignation due to indictment in the Lokayukta report on illegal mining. 

“It is an unforgettable moment in my life,” he said in his 18-minute speech.

The Chief Minister said he would not make any new announcements, but accord priority to implement those made previously.

On the State finances, Gowda said the government mopped up Rs 58,541 crore revenue during 2010-2011 as compared to Rs 49,156 crore during 2009-2010. The revenue receipts of the State increased to Rs 58,541 crore in 2010-2011, a growth of 18 per cent.

Indicating the importance given by the State government to the development of urban areas, Gowda said it has improved basic infrastructure in 211 towns and cities, including Bangalore.

He also favoured amending Article 371 D of the Constitution to provide special status to Hyderabad-Karnataka region. Gowda said there was a need for the country to have a development model of its own.

Edu-eco policies

“Education and economic policies have to be formulated keeping the indigenous aspects in mind,” he said.

Earlier, he unfurled the tricolour and received the guard of honour amid tight security.

A host of political dignitaries, freedom fighters and senior civil and military officers attended an ‘At Home'  hosted by Governor Hans Raj Bhardwaj on Independence Day on Monday evening.

In fine taste

Chief  Minister D V Sadananda Gowda and his wife, Leader of the Opposition in the Legislative Assembly Siddaramaiah were among those who attended the function hosted on the lawns of the tastefully decorated Raj Bhavan. Police bands played light music.

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