Patriotic Spirit Marks 77th Independence Day Celebrations In Udupi District
Udupi: The 77th Independence Day was celebrated in the patriotic spirit at the Mahatma Gandhi Stadium Ajjarkad Udupi here, on August 15.
Laxmi Hebbalkar state minister for women and Child welfare and also district minister in charge hoisted the national flag. She received the guard of honour from the district police force, NCC, Scouts and Guides.
In her Independence Day address, she said that 100 acres of land at Uppuru village in Brahmavar taluk and 941.98 acres in Yellur and Santhur villages in Kaup taluk have been inspected for establishing new industrial areas.
In addition, the government has acquired 113.59 acres in Kerebettu and Shivapura villages in Hebri taluk and 50.42 acres in Nitte village in Karkala taluk for establishing new industrial areas.
The government will allow the use of farmland up to two acres for industrial purposes without land conversion. A suitable amendment has been made in the Karnataka Land Revenue Act, 1964 for the same purpose.
She said that a task force is being constituted for developing tourism in the coastal districts of Uttara Kannada, Udupi, and Dakshina Kannada.
The Minister said that fish production in the Udupi district stood at 2.65 lakh tonnes, worth Rs 2,063 crore, during 2022-23. Udupi occupied second place in fish production in the State. The government has hiked the ceiling of interest-free bank loan limit advanced to fisherwomen from Rs 50,000 to Rs 3 lakh.
The quantity of subsidised diesel sold to fishing boats has been hiked from 1.50 lakh KL to 2 lahks KL. In addition, fishermen will be given a Rs 50,000 subsidy for upgrading kerosene-operated engines to petrol/diesel-operated engines.
Referring to the Shakti scheme of free travel to women in government buses, she said that 11,14,487 women have used the facility in the Udupi district so far. The government spent Rs 4.1 crore for this travel.
She said that of 2.56 lakh families in the Udupi district, women heads of more than two lakh families have enrolled for the Gruha Lakshmi scheme, thus achieving over 73 % registration.
The Minister said that of over 3.15 lakh eligible domestic electricity consumers in the district over 2.56 lakh consumers have been issued with free bills so far. There is no last date to apply for this Gruha Jyothi scheme.
Udupi MLA Yashpal Suvarna, Deputy Commissioner Vidya Kumari, Udupi SP Akshay H Machindra, ZP CEO Prasanna H, Additional DC Mamatha and others were present.