Highlights of Chief Minister’s address at Kalyana Karnataka Utsava- 2023 in Kalaburagi

Richard D’Souza
Kemmannu News Network, 17-09-2023 16:29:52

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Warm greetings to the people of Kalyana Karnataka on the special occasion of 75 years of Kalyana Karnataka Liberation and a decade of conferring special status to the region by implementation of Article 371(j) of Constitution.


Though India got independence in 1947, Bidar, Kalaburagi and Raichur districts, which were under the rule of Nizams of Hyderabad, saw the light of freedom a year after.

Chief Minsiter offered tributes to all the freedom fighters who fought for the liberation of Hyderabad Karnataka and Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel, the then Home Minister of India, who played key role in liberate Hyderabad Karnataka and join Indian federal system.

This is the holy place which laid strong foundation for parliamentary democratic system and social revolution of Basavanna and has made notable contribution to the Kannada language, literature, culture, art, religion etc. The region has the legacy of rulers such as Kalyana Chalukyas, Bahamani Sultans and Rashtrakootas among others.

This is the land of Amoghavarsha Nrupatunga who gave Kavirajamarga, the first available kriti in Kannada. This land of Sufis- Saits, is known for communal harmony.

He thanked people of the State, especially the people of Kalyana Karnataka for electing a pro-people Government 


Hyderabad Karnataka Development Board was established in 1990, based on report of late Shri N. Dharam Singh to eradicate the regional imbalance in Kalaburagi, Bidar, Raichur and Ballari districts. Development didn’t happen as expected though special grants were allocated to the board.

This led to the movement demanding amendment to article 371 of the constitution to confer special status to Hyderabad Karnataka region.

Though NDA Government rejected the proposal, the continuous efforts of Dr. Mallikarjun Kharge and N. Dharam Singh yielded fruits and Dr. Manmohan Singh led UPA Government brought amendment to the Constitution and implemented article 371 (j) .

When we came to power in our previous tenure in 2013, Our Government established Hyderabad Karnataka Regional Development Board, with efforts to accelerate the Development process in the region. The Government implemented reservation for people of the region in Employment and education, which has transformed thousands of lives in the region

On the day our Government came to power, gave in principle approval for all 5 gurantee schemes announced in the election manifesto and have implemented 4 of them within 100 days in office and once again proved that our Government delivers as promised.

Guarantee schemes under concept of Universal Basic Income believes that increase in purchase power of the people improves economy and these schemes are proving this fact.

These schemes especially aim at providing opportunity for financial and social empowerment of women. 

Under Shakti Scheme every day 50 to 60 lakh women on an average, avail free travel facility. In 7 districts of Kalyana Karnataka, around women have travelled 5.87 crore trips and Government has reimbursed 93.48 crore towards this to KKRTC.

Under Annabhagya, Government has transferred Rs. 119.50 crore through DBT to 97 lakh beneficiaries having Antyodaya and Priority Household cards in Kalyana Karnataka. 

Under Gruha jyoti, 18.80 consumers have availed zero bill benefit in Kalyana Karnataka region.

Under Gruha Lakshmi scheme, 19.44 lakh women have availed the benefit of Rs. 2,000 per month in Kalyana Karnataka

Yuva Nidhi scheme, the fifth Gurantee will be launched by the end of this years and Minister of Medical Education and Skill Development Dr. Sharana Prakash Patil is making preparation to launch the scheme.

Development for everyone irrespective of caste and religion is the Karnataka Model of Development.

As announced in the Budget, KKRDB is taking up works worth Rs. 5000 crores this year.

The fullfledged KKRDB is formed under the chairmanship of Dr. Ajay Singh and he is preparing action plan for Rs. 3,000 crore for this year. 25 per cent of the grants are reserved for bringing huge transformation in education sector. This will bring revolutionary change in education in the region.

KKRDB has planned “Akhara Avishkara” to improve quality of education and SSLC results in the region. 2618 “Akhara Mitra” teachers will be hired along with 16,041 guest teachers appointed by State Government. Rs. 18.34 crore allocated for this project.

Cabinet sub-committee is formed to ensure the implementation of Government orders issued under 371 (j) under chairmanship of Minister Priyank Kharge.

State is reeling under drought situation and Government has announced 161 severly drought affected talukas and 34 moderately drought affected talukas. These lists include 38 and 6 talukas of Kalyan Karnataka region respectively. Orders have already been issued to take up drought relief works.

A few days back I called meeting of all DCs and directed them to ensure drinking water and availibilty of fodder for the cattle. I have also directed them to take up crop loss survey and other relief measures strictly according to the guidelines keeping farmers interest in mind. 

Government has allocated Rs. 34,294 crore under SCSP/ TSP.  Government is taking measures to ensure the grants allocated under the act to be spent for these communities only, measures are being taken to drop Section 7 (d) from the Act..

By amending PTCL Act, Government has taken steps to protects land ownership rights of SC/ ST communities.

District Ministers, Secretaries and DCs are directed to review progress of various atrocity cases as it conviction rate has been found to be very low.

Rural libraries are being upgraded as “Arivu Kendras’”. 939 Arivu Kendras have been upgraded in 7 districts of Kalyana Karnataka region.

Government is taking up an initiative to set up Koosina Mane creches for rural labourers. 881 centres will be set up in Kalyana Karnataka region, which will have trained care takers.

Rs. 100 crore is provided to construct 400 community toilets. Places have been identified to build 218 community toitlets in the region.

Rural sanitation has been given utmot priority to avert incidents of deaths and sickness due to drinking polluted water. The scientific disposal of solid waste as well as grey water is given priority in the rural areas.

Officers have been directed to ensure safety of sources of drinking water and pipelines, in the wake of drought situation in the State.

People friendly police system is being implemented in the State. People can give their feedback on police response through scanning QR code displayed in the Station.

Kalaburagi is being established as the prime healthcare hub of the Kalyana Karnataka region. Jayadeva Institue and Trauma Care Center works are nearing completion. 200 bed MCH hospital at an estimated cost of Rs. 70 will come up in GIMS premises. Cabinet has approved construction of Super Speciality hospital at a cost of Rs. 162.80 crore in GIMS premises.

Health ATM are being set up in PHC, Wellness centers and other places at an estimated cost of Rs. 5 crore under CSR initiative.

KKRDB and Health Department have been directed to follow Indian Public Health Standards to construct PHCs in the region.

Recent cabinet meeting has approved purchase of 250 buses for KKRTC

Tourism given priority in the region. Ghanagapura, Sannati, Kalaburagi Gurdwara and other such religious places will be developed. Development of Kalaburagi, Malakhed forts and Kalaburagi museum will be taken up.

Rs. 2 crore is being given to protect blackbucks in Bidar district, which is declared as blackbuck sancturary.

New district administration building are being constructed in Raichur and Ballari.

Janapada Loka will be established in Koppal District at an estimated cost of Rs. 3.5 crore.

3D projection, Multimedia, sound and light show will be launched in Vijayavithal Temple in Hampi and Bidar fort.

78 km long road will be developed between Kalmala junction near Raichur to Ballari-Lingasugur Road circle near Ballari with Rs. 1696 core . 

New initiative Kalaburagi Connect is launched to address public grievances.

During last 10 years Rs. 14,878 crore allocated to KKRDB and the amount released is Rs. 10,228.80 crore. Expenditure is Rs. 8,520.74 crore, which accounts to 83% against the released amount. Out of the total 29,915 works taken up, 24,564 works completed and 4652 are in progress.

98,889 posts were identified for direct recruitment under 371 (j) reservation and 70,738 are filled. Out of the 33,371 posts identified for promotion, 23,101 have obtained promotion. Rest of the posts will be filled in phased manner.

Due to the reservation in education, 6,795 candidates got medical seats, 1,388 candidate dental seats, 22,219 candidates engineering, 3808 agriculture and 39,251 candidates got seats in various courses in higher education during last 10 years.

Kalaburagi and Ballari are chosen to establish new industrial townships in the State.

As Sardar Patel said, “It is the prime responsibility of every citizen to feel that his country is free and to defend its freedom is his duty”. Today each citizen has to come forward to protect freedom of speech, freedom of religion which are endangered due to certain anti-social factors.

Our commitment to make this region Kalyana Rajya is unquestionable. We are determined to begin an new era of development in the region with result oriented programs.

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