Mangalore, June 2, 2011: MLA U. T. Khader accused BJP leaders of attempting to mislead the people of Karnataka by portraying the programmes of the UPA government as the personal achievements of CM B. S. Yeddyurappa.
It may be recalled that Vishveshwar Hegde Kageri, the state minister for primary and secondary education, claimed that the department of public instruction had established 249 high schools under the Rashtriya Madhyamik Shiksha Abhiyan (RMSA). Khader’s statement was in response to the minister’s claims.
No schools, says Khader
Khader told reporters at the office of the district Congress that Kageri is not the first BJP leader to attempt to fool people by claiming the centre’s schemes to be the BJP’s own. Khader said that, in truth, the state government is the most corrupt government in the history of Karnataka, adding that it has not built a single school or college in any part of the state in the past 3 years.
Pointing out the fact that previous governments had established a number of government schools, Khader urged the people to question the BJP-led state government why it had failed to construct any school or college. Since thousands of rural children are deprived of education, the government should build one school in each constituency, he stated.
Stating that Kotekar and Someshwar, which has a population of 35,000 people, have only one high school, he urged the state government to build two PU colleges and two degree colleges in his constituency and four high schools each in Kumpala, Amblamogaru, Manjanady, and Kinya.
Complaining that banks are harassing students who approach them for educational loans, he urged the DC to convene a meeting with concerned bank officers to create public awareness regarding the norms and guidelines for receiving loans.
He also said that the state government has released Rs. 3 crore for the construction of vented dams in Mangalore and that these dams will be constructed at Thumbay near Mahalingeshwara Temple, Sampila in Ira, Panela Murai, Senarabailu in Pajeer, Chakrakodu in Balepuni, Pattori Renjavu in Konaje, Marikkala and Chennakatta in Naringana, and Gangara Majalu and Nekkare in Manjanady.
He also said that the social welfare department has released Rs. 1 crore for the construction of four-storied hostels for students belonging to the Backward Classes and Minorities (BCM) at Mukkacheri.