The Karnataka ministers in the Narendra Modi government have been given clear cut tasks from reducing prices of drugs and cost of agricultural inputs to building second and third tier cities in the country, according to sources in the Karnataka unit of the BJP.
Chemical and Fertilizers Minister Ananth Kumar has been tasked with reducing prices of drugs and targeting food inflation by reducing the prices of agricultural inputs like fertilizers. Kumar himself said on Wednesday that he was targeting to reduce chemical prices to bring down cost of drugs.
BJP sources said Kumar had been given the under-rated portfolio to check the input cost of the agriculture produce and influence inflation in the prices of food items.
The BJP sources said that former Union Minister of Rural Development in the Vajpayee Government Venkaiah Naidu – a Rajya Sabha MP from Karnataka who has been put in-charge of Urban Development, Housing and Urban Poverty Alleviation – had been tasked with looking into the development of infrastructure projects in Tier II and Tier III cities.
The former Chief Minister of Karnataka, DV Sadananda Gowda, who got the Railways portfolio has been asked to work in close tandem with the Home Ministry while improving the security of passengers especially in northern India. “The railway is the common man’s mass transit system and it is highly vulnerable to terrorist attacks,” BJP sources said.
Sources said Ashish Khetan will be the vice-chairman of the commission.