BANGALORE : Union Minister for Chemicals and Fertilisers H N Ananth Kumar on Friday said that all pending works at the ESI hospitals in Mysore, Doddaballapur, Gulbarga, Hubli-Dharwad, Davangere and nursing college at Bangalore’s Indiranagar will be completed soon.
Speaking at a function organised by the BR Ambedkar Memorial Trust and the Social Welfare Department at the renovated BR Ambedkar Bhavan, the Minister said the Centre will coordinate with the state government on all issues concerning it. “Political differences are only during elections,” he said.
He was reacting to former Union minister Mallikarjun Kharge, who spoke about the pending ESI hospital works. Kharge asked Ananth Kumar to convey to the Centre not to tweak labour laws as it would lead to unrest and contribute to naxalism.
“People have blessed both the Centre and the state government with a majority so that they can do good work...government should live up to their expectations,” he said.
Criticising people who ridiculed him for introducing schemes like the Anna Bhagya Yojana, Chief Minister Siddaramiah said, “People said CM will make the labourers lazy. Rich people eat thrice a day. Does that mean they are lazy?” He said as long as social inequality and financial instability exists in the society, religious intolerance will continue. Hence the policy of reservation should continue to bridge the gap between the haves and the havenots, he said.
He said the government has come up with a special component plan for the welfare of SC, STs.
Former Union minister K H Muniyappa said it was the UPA which launched a financial security scheme and the newly elected NDA government just gave it a name (Jan Dhan Yojana).
Social Welfare Minister H Anjeneya, PWD H S Mahadev Prasad, former principal secretary to Social Welfare Department E Venkataiah were present on the occasion.