The State Government has come to the rescue of drought-hit farmers by waiving the interest for those who pay the Principal amount by Mar. 31. The initiative is expected to benefit 2.25 lakh farmers.
Governor Vajubhai R. Vala, in his address to the joint Session of the State Legislature yesterday, said: “several market interventions have been initiated to rescue farmers from the hardship caused due to the prevalent low agricultural commodity prices.”
The Governor further said that the Government had promised to invest Rs. 50,000 crore for irrigation in five years, of which Rs. 42,540 crore has already been spent in the last four years to bring large tracts of land under irrigation.
Stating the State Govt. has initiated necessary measures for making villages open-defecation-free, the Governor said that at the end of 2016, 26 lakh toilets have been constructed in rural areas and 4,954 villages, 26 taluks and five districts have been declared as open-defecation-free.
Jayadeva Unit at Mysuru to become functional this year: Vajubhai Vala said that the Unit of Jayadeva Institute of Cardiovascular Sciences and Research at Mysuru will become functional in the current year.
He further said that in the past 3 years, 2,708 beds have been provided in Government teaching and super speciality hospitals. Upgradation of the Kidwai Memorial Institute of Oncology including installation of Linear Acceleration Equipment and Robotic equipment will be completed, he added.
The Governor also announced that the Karnataka Small Scale Industries Development Corporation (KSSIDC) is taking steps to establish new industrial estates at Sarathi (Davangere district), Chikkahosahalli (near Anekal, Bengaluru Urban), Muttugadahalli (Bengaluru Rural), Ullarthikaval and Kudapura (Chitradurga) and Hireshakunahalli (Shivamogga).
Skill Development Centre at four places including Mysuru: The State is laying special emphasis on maintaining its edge in human resources by setting up four Centres of Excellence for Skill Development in Bengaluru, Kalaburagi, Dandeli and Mysuru in association with Siemens, the Governor said.
Vajubhai further said that the Government has provided Rs. 19,543 crore for development of SC and STs, will observe 125th birth anniversary of Dr. B.R. Ambedkar on April 14 as ‘Gnana Darshana Day’ and proposes to set up canteens in District and taluk hospitals of the State.
Session extended till Feb. 14: The ongoing Session of the State Legislature has been extended by two days. The Session will now be held till Feb. 14 with extension, the Legislature will be sitting for seven working days.
This decision on the extension was taken at a meeting of the Business Advisory Committee held on Monday. The Opposition parties had objected to holding the session for only five days and had demanded an extension.