Chief Minister BS Yeddyurappa on Saturday informed the Center that the state government intends to set up a scientific marketing intelligence cell to focus on income-based policy to increase farmers’ income.
Mr. Yeddyurappa attended the sixth meeting of the Governing Council of NITI under the chairmanship of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and said that the government intends to create an online marketing platform for surplus fruits and vegetables for infrastructure facilities under the Atmanabir Bharat scheme. A task force has been set up to promote integrated farming system, he said, adding that a number of measures have been taken to help the sector.
The Chief Minister requested the Prime Minister to declare Upper Bhadra Project and Upper Krishna Project as national projects. He requested to approve six proposals worth ₹ 6,673 crore under the modernization of the canals project and sought additional grants for river diversion projects.
The Prime Minister was requested to establish a mechanism for speedy settlement of lawsuits in the courts as infrastructure projects were disrupted due to litigation and environmental protests. Financial support was also sought for taking the initiative under the National Education Policy. The central government was requested to provide ₹ 4,300 crore to build an optical fiber network to provide network connectivity to all government offices.
Under the Atal Bhujal Yojana, the canal water security scheme is being developed in 41 ultra-talented talukas, Mr. Yeddyurappa said that the state government plans to follow the 49 aspirational indicators of NITI Aayog to monitor the progress of 114 backward talukas Is made He said that the Corporate Social Responsibility Portal AKANKSHA has been created for the development of backward talukas and regions.
He said that despite the epidemic, all fiscal indicators were contained within the limits of the Karnataka Fiscal Responsibility Act, 2002. Karnataka was able to maintain the lowest unemployment rate in the country at 3.6%, he said.