MANGALURU: Deputy CM G Parameshwara tacitly backed a move by HD Revanna, minister for PWD to shift Karnataka State Highways Improvement Project (KSHIP) office to Revanna’s home district of Hassan from Belagavi. This comes within a week of CM HD Kumaraswamy’s assertion that government is not neglecting and that a few administrative offices would be shifted to Suvarna Vidhan Soudha in Belagavi.

Incidentally, Revanna is the elder brother of CM Kumaraswamy and the KSHIP office was shifted to Hassan and the sub-division office from Hassan to Madikeri. Parameshwara told reporters on Friday that Revanna must have had definite reasons to do so. KSHIP functions under PWD. “Shifting an office from North Karnataka to Hassan will not cause any injustice to the former for the government is committed to its development,” he said.

Incidentally, the recent budget that Kumaraswamy presented has earmarked ₹ 7200 crore to 13 districts in North Karnataka against ₹ 7500 crore given to 17 districts in rest of the state, DCM said. Nanjundappa committee has already identified 114 taluks in North Karnataka as backward and special attention is being paid to them with government spending more than ₹ 19500 crore in the last seven years for the overall development of the region.

In addition, the six districts of Hyderabad-Karnataka region too have been accorded special status under Article 371 of the Indian Constitution under an initiative taken by the Congress, he said. The government has also set up Hyderabad-Karnataka Development Board to help perk up development of the region, Parameshwara said, adding present coalition government in Karnataka is committed to all round development of entire state.

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