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Karnataka Government to adopt 1000 backward villages: Kumaraswamy

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Gulbarga, Aug 23 (UNI) Karnataka Chief Minister H D Kumaraswamy today said that the State Government would adopt 1000 backward villages and develop them by providing all basic amenities.

Speaking to newsmen at Afzalpur, about 40 km from here, he said that six villages in each taluk would be adopted. Two thousand kilometer stretch of roads in rural areas would either be developed or newly laid. Since funds for this purpose had not been provided in this year's budget, the government would approach financial institutions or NABARD for funds.

Mr Kumaraswamy said that Rs 269 crore would be spent to permanently shift 68 flood prone villages in North Karnataka districts.

"I have appraised to President A P J Abdul Kalam the flood havoc caused by Krishna and Bhima in the five districts of North Karnataka and non allocation of funds by the Union Government when he had come to dedicate UKP project to the nation recently," he added.

Reacting to Opposition's demand for release of white paper on irrigation projects, he said the government was ready to release a white paper.

Allaying doubts over internal reservations, he clarified that a coordination committee comprising BJP and JD-S leaders, besides experts, would be set up to suggest ways to the government.

In Afzalpur, interacting with flood victims, he said he preferred to stay in villages rather than cities. He assured that he would stay in villages as frequently as he could.

Later after participating in a programme where he distributed bicycles to girl students, he exerted farmers to be brave and not to take drastic steps like committing suicide over crop loss. "Remember that the government is with you. It will provide all kind of help and you need not take such step which will badly affect your family," he added.

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