Mangaluru, Feb 26, 2015: The term secularism is merely confined to speeches of political leaders, but never translated into action, regretted Karnataka Minister for Women and Child Development Umashree.
Speaking to the media at the District Congress office here on February 26, Thursday, Umashree was critical of the Union Government and accused it of garnering support in the name of Hindutva. She also charged the party of dividing the nation on religious lines.
On the controversial land acquisition bill, the Karnataka Minister echoed her sentiments which was in line with several of her party men and said it intended to favour only the corporates while neglecting the interests of the farmers.
Outlining the various welfare schemes initiated by the State Government, the Minister said the need of the hour is for the party workers to reach out these programmes to the target group and exhorted party men to enlighten the masses about these welfare programmes. “The lack of communication skills in Congress workers has helped the opposition BJP take advantage of the same,” the minister observed.
She also informed about the government scheme of providing laptops for visually impaired children in order to empower them. On the recent protest by Anganavadi workers, the minister said false rumours are being spread by some unions that Anganavadis would be privatised. There is no such plan as of now, she made it clear.