Bellary: Girl children of families of below
poverty line (BPL) in Karntaka would be offered free education
and medical treatment till the age of 18 under a government
scheme, Chief Minister B S Yeddyurappa announced today.
He told a BJP rally here that beneficiaries of the scheme
number more than 54,000 in Bellary District alone. A
convention of the beneficiaries would be held towards the end
of next month here followed by such events in every district.
"This will be a government programme; not of the party".
Under the scheme, the government deposits Rs 10,000 in the
name of the girl child of BPL families when she is born and
hands over to her the entire amount with accrued interest when
she attains the age of 18.
In a hard-hitting speech, Yeddyurappa attacked the Congress
for anti-government campaigns demanding CBI probe into alleged
illegal mining. He said the Congress was responsible for the
"burning problems" faced by the state, noting that the BJP had
been in power for just 27 months.
"Congress can conduct `padayatras` for life, but they
will continue to be in opposition (in Karnataka)", he said.
The Chief Minister said he and his Cabinet colleagues
would not rest till the BJP came back to power in the next
Assembly elections with 150 seats (out of the total 224)".