K'taka Cabinet to meet in Gulbarga on Sep 26

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Gulbarga, Karnataka, Sep 24 (UNI) Amid widespread criticism over the Karnataka Government's ''failure'' in containing the attack on places of worship and minority institutions in the State, the State Cabinet has decided to meet in this backward North Karnataka Region on September 26.

Chief Minister B S Yeddyurappa and his Ministerial colleagues will participate in the meeting which is likely to discuss various issues, including the backwardness of the region.

The meeting is expected to announce some sops to the backward Hyderabad-Karnataka Region, which is reeling under severe drought and flood conditions.

This is the second time a Cabinet meeting is being held in Gulbarga, the first one being in 1982 chaired by the then Chief Minister Gundu Rao.

The meeting is expected to pass a resolution urging the Centre to amend Article 371 of the Constitution, a long-pending demand of the region, to provide employment and other benefits to the locals.

It is likely to announce welfare schemes for farmers and weavers in the region which has been witnessing farmer suicides and mass migration of weavers to neighbouring Maharashtra.

The farmers' demand to declare Raichur as 'drought affected' is also expected to come up for discussion.

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