Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Govt To Push Play On RGUHS

Chief Minister B S Yeddyurappa on Tuesday assured on the floor of the Legislative Assembly that the government would soon begin work on the troubled Rajiv Gandhi University of Health Sciences (RGUHS) as almost all hurdles that had delayed the take-off had been cleared.

Replying to a discussion under Rule 69 (issue of immediate public importance) initiated by H C Balakrishna (JDS) and former minister D K Shiva Kumar (Congress) over the delay in starting RGUHS work at the proposed site at Archakarahalli in Ramanagaram, the CM clarified that his “government is not against development and would soon start the work”.

The CM said that when the project was cleared (by the previous JD-S – BJP coalition government) there was “no identification of land, no plan sanction, no estimation and the contract was given without inviting proper tenders.

The government had to cancel the contract and order an inquiry by suspending top officials in the PWD.” This apart, some farmers had filed a petition in the court questioning the land acquisition leading to further delay, he said.

“Now that farmers have decided to withdraw their case, the government would soon start the work as there was no dearth of funds,’’ he said. He took a jibe at former minister H D Revanna, asking him to fix a date after consulting his astrologers.

Earlier replying to Balakrishna’s charges on delay in starting the work, PWD Minister C M Udasi and Medical Education Minister Ramachandra Gowda had said that there was still a dispute over 70 acres required for the project. The debate also witnessed a unique show of solidarity between arch political rivals H D Kumaraswamy and D K Shiva Kumar, urging the government to start the work within a week.

Fund utilisation Replying to allegations that funds meant for the development of schedule castes were lying unused, Yeddyurappa said that he would speed it up in the next couple of months by holding regular meetings and reviews, besides directing district in-charge Ministers to do the same.

The CM attributed the delay in utilisation of funds to the late State Budget 2008-09, Governor’s rule and byelections in six districts.

Opposition leader Mallikarjun Kharge, Congress MLAs Dhruvanarayan and H C Mahadevappa had raised objections to the delay in utilising funds.

Source - ExpressBuzz

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