Rs 100 crore financial help for dist: Varthur

Aid to backward classes in Kolar detailed during Devaraj Urs commemoration

 The State government has set a rare standard by providing the district with financial assistance amounting to Rs 100 crore. Textile and Kolar District in-charge Minister Varthur Prakash .He added that a reserve of Rs 1,000 crore has been kept for the benefit of backward communities.

Varthur praised ex-chief minister D Devaraj Urs for helping members of the backward classes and minority communities to join the mainstream society.

Implementation

“The 20-point programme introduced by former Prime Minister Indira Gandhi was implemented for the first time in the State during Urs’ tenure. The former chief minister had worked to improve the status and conditions of the economically and socially-backward classes and minorities,” he explained.

The statements were made while Varthur presided over a programme organised by the district administration, the Zilla Panchayat, the Backward Class Welfare Department and the Devaraj Urs Backward Class Development Board at T Chennayya Rangamandira on Monday.

The programme had been held to commemorate the 97th birth anniversary of former chief minister D Devaraj Urs.

Community Hall
Prakash lamented that a hall had not been built to commemorate Urs’ memory and instructed the Deputy Commissioner, D S Vishwanath, to obtain the necessary funds for the work.

Union Minister of State for Railways K H Muniyappa, who inaugurated the programme, said that the Union government will immediately release funds for work in benefit of the backward classes and minority communities if the State government provides security.
“Two meetings have already been organised to discuss assistance for the work. The grants will be released quicker if Minister Prakash brings up the matter in the Cabinet meeting,” said Muniyappa.

Desilting funds
When asked about the drinking water problem in the district, Muniyappa said Kolar and Chikkaballapur districts would get up to Rs 1,000 crore from the Union government for desilting and rejuvenating the tanks.

Zilla Panchayat president Manjula Venkatesh, vice-president Harish, standing committee president S B Munivenkatappa, chief executive officer Rajendra Cholan and Additional Deputy Commissioner R S Peddappaiah were also present at the programme.

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