Pledge to preserve values of freedom: Asnotikar

Initiatives were taken to develop industrial corridor in 2,000 acres of land in Tarikere taluk

Minister for Fisheries Anand V Asnotikar receiving the guard of honour at the Independence Day parade at Chikmagalur on Saturday. DH Photo

Addressing the gathering after hoisting the tricolour flag at the Independence Day celebrations at Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose Ground here on Saturday, he said that people should pledge themselves to preserve the values of freedom which was secured through the sacrifice of several patriots. “Honest efforts should be made to make the dreams of people a reality,” he added.

“India has achieved the honour of being the successful democracy even in the midst of innumerable internal issues. Nation could preserve the unity even when it has several languages, culture and ideologies. Notable progress were achieved in the field of Science and Technology,” he said adding that people should strive to empower the nation economically and socially through patriotism.

Youth should inculcate the values of freedom fighters who fought for the nation. It is the responsibility of the youth to make the nation strong through hard work, he said.
The B S Yeddyurappa government continues to rule the State successfully making development as the objective, he added.

The Government has given priority to find solution to the problems of farmers in the State. Agricultural loans at three per cent interest were distributed to farmers through co-operative societies, Asnotikar said. Financial aid to the tune of Rs 37 lakh distributed among 611 students who scored above 60 per cent marks in the SSLC examination in the district. Infrastructure were developed in colonies under special schemes at a cost of Rs 86 lakh, he added.

Initiatives were taken to develop an industrial corridor in 2,000 acres of land in Tarikere taluk. Approval has been given to establish a Food Park in 1,000 acres of land in Chikmagalur taluk, he explained.

Talking about the ration card distribution, Asnotikar said that a total of 23,539 beneficiaries were identified for Anthyodaya Ration Card and 1,61,719 families were identified for BPL card distribution in the district. District Administration has organised 168 Janaspandana programme and expedited 7,830 files, he added.

MLA C T Ravi, Town Municipality President H D Thammaiah, Vice President Kasturi S Pawar, Urban Development Authority Chairman C S Ranganatha, Deputy Commissioner R Narayanaswamy and Superintendent of Police Nagaraj were present.

Freedom fighter Subbaraya Ganesha Yaji was honoured on the occasion. A dance display was organised by 1,500 students from St Joseph Girls School and Government PU College.

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