Mangaluru: The minister for Health and family welfare U T Khader held a press meet at the Circuit house here on September 19.
Addressing the mediapersons Khader said that when Sadananda Gowda was the chief minister without any detailed project report he had approved the project and sanctioned the funds. When there was discussion about this project more than 120 MLAs had agreed for the project and we were very few from the district. Before approving the project it was the duty of the then chief minister to study the project. Once the project was approved the congress government had to continue. The people of Kolar need water to drink and the government is committed to provide it. “It is not in my hand to stop the project, everything is in God’s hand”, said Khader.
When asked about why the meeting was arranged in Zilla Panchayat in a hurry, where the Sahyadri Samrakshana Sanchaya held a discussion at Roshni Nilaya for the elected representatives to answer 10 questions, Khader said, “I have met the district minister in-charge Ramanath Rai and M B Patil, minister for water resources about the project and they will speak in this regard. I have no much knowledge about the project and all the information will be provided by the concerned authorities in the meeting.
He also said that whether to stop or continue it is in the hands of God. When something will start there should be an end, the Yettinahole project has already started. Now there are more than 126 lakes in Kolar which have dried up and we need water to fill all those lakes. At the same time attempts will be made to de-salinate sea water which is a costly project.
He further said that the Union government’s decision to discontinue postal stamps of Indira Gandhi and Rajiv Gandhi is a immature decision from the political leaders. Indira Gandhi dedicated her life for the country, the decision of the union government to discontinue her stamps is not a good move. Let they release new stamps but also keep Indira Gandhi and Rajiv Gandhi’s stamps.