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K'taka Govt promises to uphold minority interests

The new JD(S)-BJP government promised schemes for farmers, addition of roads and ensured to safeguard minority interests.

india Updated: Feb 24, 2006 15:40 IST

The new JD(S)-BJP Karnataka government has promised a list of measures for farmers, better infrastructure for Bangalore and has committed itself to ensuring safety of minorities and weaker sections.

While addressinga joint legislature session, Governor TN Chaturvedi promised 'Rural Infrastructural Programme' in tandem with a series of steps to address infrastructural woes in Bangalore, an issue on which the IT and BT sectors had locked horns with the government earlier.

In an apparent attempt to allay apprehensions of minorities over the BJP being a ruling coalition partner, the Governor said "my government gives a firm commitment" to the minorities and weaker sections that their safety and interests would be well protected as provided by the Constitution.

Seeking to reach out to the IT and BT sectors and the citizens of Bangalore, the country's IT hub, the Governor said all its infrastructural problems would be solved within a fixed and "limited time frame".

He also promised building 1,000 kilometres of roads in the city within the next 15 months.

"It is the firm resolve of my government to ensure that Bangalore's unique position as a prime destination for investors is maintained," he said, emphasising that it would work with IT and BT sectors to provide infrastructure required for them.

Congress members staged a walkout protesting the address, which they maintained was unconstitutional, as the address delivered by him on January 19 was still pending before the house.