New Karnataka govt promises slew of steps to boost infrastructure

The newly-elected Congress government in Karnataka Monday promised a slew of initiatives to get boost development

Written by Johnson T A | Bangalore | Published: June 4, 2013 4:25 am

The newly-elected Congress government in Karnataka Monday promised a slew of initiatives to get boost development. An outline of the all the major plans were announced by Governor H R Bhardwaj while addressing the joint session of the new state legislature.

Prominent among them is the promise to set in motion within three months the process to uplift the impoverished Hyderabad-Karnataka region that has been accorded a special development status by the Centre.

“The government will formulate regulations in three months to establish a separate development board to ensure equitable fund allocation and provide requisite reservation in employment,” the Governor said. For better urban infrastructure,Bhardwaj said,master plans for underground sewerage,solid waste management,housing and drinking water in all urban areas will be prepared. “Efforts will be made to clear power projects that are stuck due to unresolved coal linkages and environmental issues,” he said.

Bhardwaj said the state government will set up a Centre for Good Governance and Innovation to push administrative reforms. “e-governance initiatives such as mobile governance,e-district,e-procurement and automated citizen service centres shall be promoted,” he said.

The government has not only promised to continue with the time-bound public service delivery project but also further reform it to make all government service deliveries hassle-free under the Sakala Services Act 2011.

It also proposed to prioritise the completion of 78 irrigation projects and improve school education. “No government school will be closed for flimsy reasons. Government schools will be provided facilities for games and sports,” Governor said.

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