Madikeri: It is the duty of every citizen to remember the sacrifices of the leaders who fought for Independence and helped create a secular, sovereign and socialist republic, Minister for Forest C.H. Vijayashankar said here on Wednesday.
He was delivering the Republic Day address after unfurling the tricolour at the Fort here.
India had achieved glory in many fields such as science, technology, medical, educational, art, literature, sports and so on, Mr. Vijayashankar said.
Ushering in social and economic changes in the lives of people with stress on equality had remained the hallmark of the Constitution, he said.
The State, Kodagu in particular, had witnessed tremendous changes ever since the BJP came to power in Karnataka.
He announced Rs. 10 crore for the development of roads, Rs. 5 crore for the second phase development of Bhagamandala and Talacauvery temples, besides promising Rs. 1 crore for the construction of General K.S. Thimayya Memorial in the city.
He said extending the hill allowance to all government employees in the district and establishment of the Post Graduate Centre of the Mangalore University at Chikaluvara were some of the recent decisioins aimed at the all-round development of Kodagu.
Funds for the construction of mini Vidhana Soudha in Virajpet, Kodava Heritage Centre in Madikeri in 2011, development of State highways and major district roads this year, grants to the Revenue Department for beneficiaries under various schemes, funds for the repair and maintenance of roads and bridges under the Panchayat Raj Engineering wing and the special package announced by the Chief Minister were aimed at the development of the district.
Achievers in various fields such as education, scouts and guides and sports were felicitated by the guests which included MLC M.C. Nanaiah, zilla panchayat president Anita, Madikeri CMC president H.M. Nanda Kumar, CMC Madikeri vice-president Vasanta, in-charge Deputy Commissioner K.M. Chandre Gowda, Superintendent of Police Manjunath Annigeri, Chief Executive Officer of the zilla panchayat N. Krishnappa and in-charge Conservator of Forests Krishne Gowda.
Schoolchildren drawn from various parts of the district presented a colourful cultural pageant, including dances on patriotic numbers, shouting out messages to fight social evils such as threat to internal security, illiteracy, poverty, dowry and so on. Various government departments took out a procession of tableaux on the occasion.
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