Due to a reduction in their enrolment in rural regions, Karnataka Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai stated on Saturday that the 'Raitha Vidya Nidhi' scheme would be extended to class 8-9 girl students.
An official press release cited him as saying after launching development works worth over Rs 244 crore in Vijayapura district that a government order will be issued immediately. Speaking about the poverty in northern Karnataka, Bommai said the living standards of people there had not improved despite “thousands of crores of rupees” being spent in the past."For the development of northern Karnataka, many debates have taken place. Countless reports have been submitted, agitations have taken place, and millions of rupees have been spent... However, I am saddened by the living conditions of the people here, their homes, educational facilities, and job chances for the kids. It is quite painful for me. "This has to change," stated Bommai.
Emphasising time-bound completion of long pending projects like Upper Krishna Project-3, the Chief Minister said the State government has already released Rs 2,500 crore for completing relief and rehabilitation of people who would be affected by UKP–3.He also said that the state cabinet has fulfilled the long pending demand of grape farmers of the region by converting the Wine Board into Karnataka Grape and Wine Board, which would enable the farmers to be board members.
The demand for extension of its runway to enable landing of bigger aircraft, cargo handling facilities and other works would be fulfilled by providing an additional Rs 120 crore, he added.