Work towards slum-free areas: CM

Work towards slum-free areas: CM

CM launches health insurance scheme for SC/STs

Work towards slum-free areas: CM

Chief Minister handing over health insurance scheme to a beneficiary in Udupi on Friday.

Delivering the valedictory address at the two-day State-level conference of civic bodies here on Friday, he said the municipalities should see that no new slum areas come up in their jurisdiction. Slums go against the notion of development process.

He said about 300 villages have been affected in North Karnataka owing to flood last year. The government decided to shift all these 300 villages to the new location and is constructing new houses at the cost of Rs 1.25 lakh each. Development should be supported by selfless commitment towards a social cause, he added.

Stressing the need for mobilisation of resources by the municipal bodies for providing facilities to the public, Yeddyurappa called upon the authorities concerned to take possession of all vacant public land in their respective limits for development activities to increase its revenue without succumbing to any pressure or obligations, he said.

He also urged that the corporations and municipalities should evolve special plans to develop parks and ponds at the district and taluk-level in consultation with the district administration. If such proposals were made to the government, the government will release grants for the projects immediately, he added.

Lauding the efforts of Udupi City Municipality for launching health insurance scheme for families belonging to Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes within the city limits, he said the other municipal bodies in the State should introduce similar schemes. The local municipal bodies have more and vital responsibility of providing better civic amenities such as drinking water, drainage, better roads and street light facilities besides priority towards cleanliness, he said.

Emphasising on the government’s commitment to the development of urban and civic bodies, he said the elected representatives should visit their constituency at least once in a week to know the problems of the public. Development can be achieved when district administration, police and commissioners of the respective areas work in co-operation, he added.  

Yeddyurappa symbolically distributed health cards to 10 beneficiaries belonging SC/ST communities on the occasion.

Home Minister Dr V S Acharya, Urban Development Minister Suresh Kumar, Udupi-Chickmagalur MP D V Sadananda Gowda, Udupi MLA Raghupathy Bhat, CMC President Dinaker Shetty, Kaup MLA Lalaji Mendon, 3rd Finance Commission Chairman A G Kodgi and others were present.

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