Wednesday, February 10, 2010

State plans to get back Rani Chenamma’s belongings


They are presently housed in a museum in London

Determined: Chief Minister B.S. Yeddyurappa addressing a gathering at Kudalasangama in Bagalkot district on Tuesday.
Kudalasangama (Bagalkot district): Chief Minister B.S. Yeddyurappa has said that the State Government will make sincere efforts to bring back the belongings of Kittur Rani Chennamma, freedom fighter, from a museum in London.
Speaking after laying the foundation stone of the Lingayat Panchamsali Pratam Jagadguru Mahapeetha here on Tuesday, he said a delegation of State leaders would meet Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and apprise him about the importance of bringing back her belongings.
He said the Government would release a sum of Rs. 1 crore for the construction of the mahapeetha and Rs. 11 crore would be released separately for the development of holy places such as Basavan Bagewadi, Ingaleshwar and M.K. Hubli in the State.
Mr. Yeddyurappa called upon farmers not to oppose the acquisition of dry land for setting up of industries and other development projects.
“Officers have been instructed to apprise farmers about the pros and cons of acquiring dry land in districts where heavy industries are to come up. The Government will acquire the land only after paying suitable compensation to the owners,” he added.
The State Government, he said, was committed to the progress of farmers and the poor.
The forthcoming budget would focus on agriculture, health and rural development.
Utmost care would be taken to protect the interests of farmers, the poor and the middle class, he added.

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