The growing resentment about the possible delay in granting special status to the Hyderabad-Karnatak region, Karnataka chief minister Jagadish Shettar rushed to New Delhi on Monday to press for passing the constitutional amendment bill in this winter session.
He will meet MPs and Union ministers from the state and elicit their opinions and suggestions before placing the state's demand before the Centre. "If necessary, I'll meet the Prime Minister and Union home minister and pressurize them to pass the bill in this session,'' Shettar told reporters at Chimmalagi village in Basavana Bagewadi before leaving for New Delhi.
Referring to the criticism that the state's insistence on the Telangana model was delaying the proposal, he said the government's stand hadn't changed. He defended the demand for Article 371D, which provides for special reservation in education and employment.
The proposed Constitution (one hundred eighteenth amendment) Bill, 2012 seeks to insert a new Article 371 J in the Constitution to provide a special provision to establish a separate development board for the erstwhile Hyderabad-Karnatak region. The area consists of the fivedistricts of Gulbarga, Bidar, Raichur, Koppal, Yadgir and Bellary to accelerate development, promote inclusive growth and provide for reservation in education and vocational training institutions for domiciles of the region.
Why the amendment?
After the introduction of Article 371(2), the Marathwada region gained additional financial assistance of Rs 11,801 crore. It promoted economic development there in terms of per capita income higher than the H-K region. After the introduction of Article 371D, due to special provision for education and jobs, the Telangana region is enjoying better position in literacy and employment.