Sunday, March 20, 2016

Budget: Bidar’s wish list

Source: The Hindu -:

Like all other districts, Bidar too has prepared a wish list on the eve of the State Budget. While some people want big-bang projects like a government engineering college, others want special focus on and funds for projects already under way.

A recent request from the DCC included setting up government engineering and agriculture colleges, adding diploma courses in veterinary and allied sciences, and a fertiliser factory in the district. The committee has urged Chief Minister Siddaramaiah to consider setting up a research centre in the name of Mahamud Gawan, the adviser to the 14th-century Behmani rulers who introduced administrative reforms like land survey and annual revision of employee wages, and set up an anti-corruption mechanism.

The main demand from trade bodies like the Bidar Chamber of Commerce and Industry are tourism promotion and setting up a National Industrial and Manufacturing Zone (NIMZ) here.

Meanwhile, over 12,000 hectares of land has been identified for the NIMZ in Bidar and Bhalki taluks but the Union government is yet to sanction a zone to the district.

Better education
Low level of education remains an issue across Hyderabad-Karnataka, especially Bidar. The district has a population of 17 lakh, but it has only 1,350 primary schools and 150 high schools. The demand list submitted to the government by the district administration last year includes more secondary schools, Marathi- and Urdu-medium high schools in the border areas, a block institute for teacher training and girls hostels. The district administration has also sought a community college to train school dropouts in vocational skills.

Increasing the number of departments and courses offered at the postgraduate centre of Gulbarga University in Halahalli is another long-pending demand.

Irrigation needs
Irrigation is another long-neglected issue. Only around 60,000 hectares of the total cultivable land of four lakh hectares is canal irrigated in Bidar. The windfall of 21 tmcft of water granted by the Bachwat award on inter-state river water sharing in 1970 remains unutilised to this day. Healthcare too needs immediate attention. Taluk hospitals lack specialists and proper equipment; just three of the 30 hobli centres have full-fledged hospitals.

All of Aurad taluk has two MBBS doctors and no gynaecologists. Despite the establishment of the Hyderabad-Karnataka Regional Development Board and schemes like Pradhan Mantri Gram Sadak Yojana, roads in Bidar remain bad. A special project to connect unreachable hamlets and settlements is needed.


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