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Monday, August 15, 2011

KARNATAKA POLITICS: Gowda vows to implement BSY's programmes!

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IANS / / Last Updated : 15 Aug 2011 05:58:44 PM IST.

BANGALORE: Karnataka Chief Minister D.V. Sadananda Gowda Monday listed the achievements of the B.S. Yeddyurappa government and declared that his priority would be to fully implement the plan and programmes already announced by his predecessor instead of making new announcements.

"My priority is to fully implement the plan and programmes already announced (by the previous government headed by Yeddyurappa) instead of making new announcements, as it had the distinction of achieving several firsts in the country," Gowda said in his Independence Day speech here.

Gowda became the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party's (BJP) second chief minister in the state Aug 4 after scam-hit Yeddyurappa resigned July 31 following his indictment by the state Lokayukta (ombudsman) in a multi-crore mining scam.

Though Gowda was declared elected leader of the BJP legislature party Aug 3 through a secret ballot by the lawmakers, Yeddyurappa had proposed his name as his successor even before he submitted his resignation to Governor H.R. Bhardwaj.

Listing out achievements of the Yeddyurappa government, Gowda said presenting the first-ever separate agriculture budget, providing farm credit at one percent interest rate, Rs.2 per litre of milk incentive to 600,000 producers and subsidy of Rs.10,000 each to one million farmers, setting record food production of 13 million tonnes and creating irrigation potential in 350,000 acres were some of the accomplishments over the last three years since the BJP came to power in the state for the first time.

"The prudent financial management of our (BJP) government has received appreciation from all quarters. The Planning Commission, the Reserve Bank of India and the 13th Finance Commission commended our efforts in resource mobilization, fiscal management and increasing plan expenditure," Gowda said in his 30-minute address at the Field Marshal Manekshaw parade ground in the city centre.

Asserting that his government was committed to providing food, health, education, housing and social justice to empower the people, the chief minister said he would strive to improve infrastructure facilities in rural and urban areas and increase employment potential for youth.

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