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Move to abolish development boards criticised

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Yediyurappa's statement in this regard lacks vision: Dharam Singh


Observations
  • Committee suggested abolition provided there is an alternative
  • But the Government has not implemented the recommendations

    GULBARGA: The former Chief Minister N. Dharam Singh and president of Hyderabad-Karnataka Horata Samiti Vaijnath Patil, MLA, have criticised the proposal to abolish area development boards in the State. The statement made by Deputy Chief Minister B.S. Yediyurappa at Shimoga in this regard lacked vision and would be opposed, they said.

    At different press conferences, the leaders said that the people of the region would not allow the Government to abolish the board without providing an alternative.

    Mr. Singh said that the Congress party would oppose the move. He sought to know the reason behind the proposal for abolition of the Hyderabad-Karnataka Development Board and the Malnad and Maidan Area development boards at this juncture.

    Mr. Singh, who was the chairman of the high power committee appointed in 1980 by the then Chief Minister R. Gundu Rao, said that the board would not be allowed to be dissolved by a "visionless" Government.

    There was no need to abolish the board. The Government had not implemented the recommendations of the High Power Committee for Redressal of Regional Imbalances headed by late D.M. Nanjundappa.

    It had suggested abolition of the area development board provided there was an alternative mechanism of allotting special funds under the direct control of the Governor for works in backward regions.

    Political will

    Mr. Singh said that there was no need any legislation for implementing the recommendations of the committee. What was needed was political will and commitment, he said

    The previous Government headed by him had urged the Prime Minister to share the burden of Rs. 16,000 crore for the development of the backward taluks identified by the committee.

    But the present government had not brought pressure on the Union Government to provide assistance for implementing the recommendations, he said.

    The announcement on drafting a legislation for implementation of the committee report was nothing, but a publicity gimmick, he said.

    Mr. Vaijnath Patil said that the move to abolish the board was a retrograde step and that it would be opposed by the horata samiti.

    Backward regions

    It would not be able to implement the move to empower the Governor to handle the funds provided for development of backward regions without amending Article 371.

    The Government had not done anything to bring pressure on the Union Government to concede the long-pending demand of the region for amending Article 371.

    He demanded that the Government come out with the details of the proposed legislation to implement the recommendations of the committee for redressal of regional imbalances in the backward taluks.

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