Belgaum, Sep 27 (IANS) The Karnataka government will spend Rs.7.5 billion for providing basic amenities and infrastructure in 750 backward villages across the state.
The state cabinet, which met here Wednesday, released the funds to implement the scheme christened 'Suvarna Grama Yojane' on the lines suggested by President A.P.J. Abdul Kalam for providing urban amenities in rural areas (PURA).
'The funds will be utilised to develop 750 backward villages on a priority basis over the next six months. About 528 such villages have been identified and the remaining 222 villages will be shortlisted in a month,' state education minister Basavaraj Horatti told reporters after the cabinet meet.
The rural development scheme is being implemented on the recommendations made by the D.M. Nanjundappa Committee on setting right the regional imbalance.
The cabinet also approved a proposal to build a new secretariat in Belgaum modelled on Vidhana Soudha structure in Bangalore for administration and legislative meetings.
The move follows the Karnataka government's decision Tuesday to make this border town the second capital of the state.
Estimated to cost Rs.2.34 billion, the building will come up on about 200 acres. A residential complex will also be built for legislators and secretariat staff.
Among other decisions taken by the cabinet are Rs.5-billion package for infrastructure development in Belgaum district and development of Belgaum-Goa state highway (Rs.650 million).