The state government is committed to the development of the state and is working relentlessly, surpassing the barriers of caste, religion and language, said District-In-charge Minister M R Seetharam.
He was speaking after hoisting the Indian flag during the Republic day celebrations at General Thimmaiah ground in Madikeri on Friday.
The Indian Constitution upholds the value of 'unity in diversity'. The contribution of Dr B R Ambedkar and others in providing us with a written constitution will be remembered by all the generations to come, he said.
The lives of the general public hold utmost importance for the government. Harmony and brotherhood is the mantra of development. Thoughts of people in a secular country should be based on secularism and equality, he said. All must take a pledge to respect the constitutional values, he said.
M R Seetharam said that during his recent visit to the district, Chief Minister Siddaramaiah had initiated projects worth Rs 122 crore. 94,011 families have been benefited by Anna Bhagya scheme in the district. 5514 and 799 people have been provided with title deeds under 94 C and 94 CC respectively. The construction work of 528 houses for Diddalli evacuees is on. Around 8,200 families of Jenu Kuruba and Erava Soliga communities are being provided with nutritious food. Forest Rights have been provided to 1,392 forest dwellers.
The minister further said that Indira Canteen will be set up in Somvarpet, Madikeri and Virajpet.
Troupes from DAR Police, Civil Police, Home Guards, MFC College, Koodige Sainik School, Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan, Government PU College, Government High School, General Thimmaiah School and St Micheal High Schools carried out a march past on the occasion.
MLC Veena Acchaiah, Zilla Panchayat President B A Harish, CMC President Kaveramma Somanna and Deputy Commissioner P I Srividya were present among others.
Schoolchildren presented cultural programmes on the occasion.