Kalaburagi: As Hyderabad–Karnataka was on Tuesday officially re-named Kalyana Karnataka, CM B.S Yediyurappa announced the setting up of a special secretariat and substantial grants for speedy development of the backward region that successive government have failed to revive.
Soon after a tricolour flag was unfurled to celebrate the Kalyana-Karnataka Divas, until now celebrated as Hyderabad Karnataka Liberation Day, Mr Yediyur appa declared that “ a new era of development” would begin in the six districts of the region. “My government will not be satisfied with the mere change of name from Hyderabad Karnataka to Kalyana Karnataka. I am committed to ushering in a new era of development.," he said.
“This year my government is finding it difficult to make special allocations in view of the floods in many districts, where large scale damage has been caused to houses, roads and bridges. But in the coming budget, I will allocate substantial grants to the region,” he said.
Considering the demand from elected representatives of the region, Mr Yediyurappa said a separate secretariat for proper utilisation of funds allocated to the H-K Region Development Board, now rechristened as “Kalyna Karnataka Region Developmet Board, would be set up.
Later, speaking at another function to announce the change of name of the region, Mr Yediyurappa said the step had been taken in response to a long-standing demand from the elected representatives, mathipathis and academicians from the region. “The people of this region had submitted a representation to change its name from Hyderabad Karnataka to Kalyana Karnataka. I am happy that it has been renamed under my tenure as CM.
The new name is intended to erase the memory of the tyrannical rule of the Nizam of Hyderabad,” he added. While promising to fill 10,000 government vacancies in the region on a priority, the CM said efforts were being made to inaugurate its new airport on November 1 by PM Modi. “I sincerely hope that the new airport will make way for faster development of the region as it could draw more industrialists to it,” he said.