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K'taka CM makes overnight stay at Dalit colony

By Staff
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Mysore, Sep 6 (UNI) Encouraged by the good response evoked by his overnight stays in villages to have first hand knowlegde about the grievances of people, Karnataka Chief Minister H D Kumaraswamy has made an overnight stay at a Dalit colony in a remote village in this taluk.

Mr Kumaraswamy, who had returned to Bangalore only last evening after attending a Chief Ministers conference on Internal Security in New Delhi, arrived at the colony in Doddakallahalli village late last night and spent the night in a mud house, belonging to Cheluvaiah, a poor dalit farmer.

He was accorded a warm reception by the villagers, who were delighted to have the VVIP guest as they hoped that at least some of their problems would be resolved. The dalit colony, 24 km from the city, lacked basic facilities including drinking water.

Early today, Mr Kumaraswamy spent a lot of time with the villagers and patiently listened to their grievances and demands, including setting up of a hospital and high school, quality power supply and issuance of ration cards to BPL families.

The Chief Minister on the spot sanctioned a public health centre and milk dairy to the village. He also announced that young rural women would be trained in tailoring and the government would help them market their products.

He sanctioned financial assistance to the four orphaned daughters of a farmer couple, who died recently.

Eversince news about the Chief Minister's visit spread, officials concerned had been working round-the-clock to ensure that all arrangements were in place in the village. Karnataka Power Transmission Corporation Limited officials were seen busy implementing the Rajiv Gandhi Rural Electricity Programme.

Interestingly the village came under the Chamundeswari Assembly constituency, the home constituency of former Deputy Chief Minister and Congress leader Siddaramaiah. This was the second village Mr Kumaraswamy had chosen in the constituency for overnight stay in the last one week.

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