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Karnataka: 2020 Vision to be formulated soon: B. S. Yeddyurappa Print E-mail
Written by Vijay   
Tuesday, 18 November 2008
Outlines seven pronged strategy for achieving inclusive growth in Karnataka
New Delhi: The state government in Karnataka is in the final stages of formulating the Vision for Karnataka: 2020 and has identified key transformation areas for the state, according to Mr. B. S. Yeddyurappa, Chief Minister of Karnataka, India. Speaking at the session named Inclusive Growth in Karnataka – Challenges and Strategies of the 24th India Economic Summit, jointly organized by the World Economic Forum and the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) in New Delhi, he identified low productivity growth, unemployment, poverty and inequality as the major challenges for inclusive growth in Karnataka.

Mr. Yeddyurappa outlined a seven pronged strategy for achieving inclusive growth in the state. The first step, according to Mr. Yeddyurappa, would be to increase rural prosperity through increased income from agriculture and allied activities. To achieve this he said, the state government plans to focus on organic farming, sustainable and efficient utilisation of water resources, improving rural infrastructure, and improving employment opportunities in rural areas.

Second, focus on job oriented skills development. The Chief Minister said that his government plans to reform the education system to reflect the changing employment needs, and focus on skills development towards achieving this objective.

Third, he would focus on improving access to healthcare. Mr. Yeddyurappa said that Karnataka government would focus on improving the primary and secondary healthcare, provide health insurance to all citizens, and focus on holistic approach to health to achieve this goal.

Fourth, focus on sustainable urbanization and industrialization process. The Karnataka government plans to concentrate on planned urbanization, development of Tier I and Tier II cities, and on reducing poverty by providing access to basic heath services, said Mr. Yeddyurappa.

Fifth, focus on empowerment of women across the social strata. The Chief Minister said that his government would focus on improving safety and security of women, and improve their political environment towards this objective.

Sixth, bridge the gap between socially backward and weaker sections of society. According to Mr. Yeddyurappa this can be achieved by focusing on economic and educational environment of backward sections, having a progressive environment for disabled persons, and increasing financial inclusion of senior citizens.

Seventh, there is a need for good governance. He said that his government has set up a task force to suggest ways to draw talent from outside the government, and has initiated several steps to take government to people's door steps. He added that his government has set up cyber kendras to bridge the digital divide in the state.

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