Govt aiming at 'power for all' by 2020, says Governor

Improving quality of primary, secondary education another goal

Govt aiming at 'power for all' by 2020, says Governor

The State government is striving to address the energy scarcity and provide ‘power for all’ by 2020, Governor Vajubhai Vala has said. The governor was delivering his Republic Day address at the Field Marshal Manekshaw Parade Ground in the City on Tuesday.

Vala, who kept his speech short and crisp, said that there had been a substantial increase in power production in the last two years and new projects were also being commissioned.

“It is the State government’s vision to provide power for all by 2020”, he said.
Vala, who addressed audience after the hoisting the National Flag, spoke for just under 15 minutes, the briefest in recent years.

Speaking about the three-day ‘Invest Karnataka - 2016’ summit scheduled to be held in Bengaluru from February 3, he said that the event will help provide business opportunities and act as a platform for youth and industrialists.

Quality of education
Vala added that the government is also making efforts to improve the quality of primary and secondary education in Karnataka.

In an effort to encourage children to go to school, the State government has been providing them facilities such as midday meals, milk, free uniforms, books, bicycles, shoes and socks, he added. The government through its mobile governance programme has brought various departmental services on a mobile platform. The initiative, a first-of-its-kind in the country, has brought over 4,000 services of the government and private sector under one umbrella on the mobile platform. “More services would be added in the days to come,” he said.

He added that Mysuru has been rated as the best city in the country for maintaining cleanliness.

Other cities too should try to emulate this model, he pointed out.
Earlier, Vala unfurled the tri-colour flag and received the ceremonial guard of honour at the venue, where a tight security blanket was in place.

Sarvothamseva awards
Governor Vajubhai Vala presented  Sarvothamseva awards to as many as 15 government employees in recognition of their services.

The award carries a citation and a cash prize of Rs 25,000.

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