Bacchegowda opposes disruption to Congress padyatra
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Last Updated: Wednesday, August 04, 2010, 17:49
Bangalore: Even as he hit out at the Congress for launching the padayatra over the illegal mining issue, Karnataka Labour Minister B N Bacchegowda today opposed any disruption to it.

"The Congress' action is shameless. But in a democracy everyone has a right to agitate in his own way. They are doing their padayatra. There should be no attempt to disrupt it", Gowda said reacting to the statement by his cabinet colleague, Health Minister B Sreeramulu, who apprehended trouble in Bellary when the Congress rally entered the town.

Congress is holding a rally in Bellary on August 9, capping its 16-day long padayatra from Bangalore.

Speaking to the press here, Gowda said the first meeting of the reconstituted Construction Labourers Welfare Board has decided to take up awareness camp to enroll more labourers as members to provide benefits from the Board.

As of now 1.6 lakh labourers were enrolled, he said.

The Board has so far accumulated Rs 540 crore funds by collecting one per cent cess on the amount invested on construction of buildings in the state towards providing welfare schemes to construction labourers, he said.

A complex would be constructed on the city outskirts to provide dormitory facilities for labourers and also a training institute to impart skill training in various trades of construction would be set up there, he said.


First Published: Wednesday, August 04, 2010, 17:49

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