MANGALORE: Three teams comprising a total of 14 ministers will visit the drought-hit villages in order to expedite relief work, CM D V Sadananda Gowda said. Interacting with the media at Mahatma Gandhi Malnad High School in Sullia on Monday evening, he informed that the teams had begun touring Chamarajanagar, Gulbarga and Bijapur districts.
“I myself had visited villages in Mysore, Belgaum and Chikballapur,” he informed, and added that former chief minister B S Yeddyurappa’s report compiled from his independent visits to such areas would be considered.
Gowda informed that each department had achieved a success rate from 95 to 100 per cent on implementing the programmes. Even visiting BJP leader Dharmendra Prasad had expressed happiness over the achievement, he claimed.
On the controversy surrounding the appointment of heads to Lokayukta, he revealed on having written a letter to Chief Justice seeking clarification on the procedures for their appointment. “My next course of action will depend on their replies,” the CM informed.
The Cabinet expansion is likely to be delayed with the chief minister deciding to focus all his energies on Global Investors Meet (GIM) being planned in Bangalore. He revealed he was keen on holding roadshows for GIM at Japan and Singapore.
On the Wakf property issue, he said officials had submitted a report after studying the report by the State Minority Commission. He sought to play down the Dr Mitra Hegde issue.
Chief Minister Sadananda Gowda said his government had no intention of limiting disbursal of compensation to a few victims of endosulfan poisoning.