रायचूर Raichur (RC): Strongly criticising the “Gulbarga-centric development” in Hyderabad-Karnataka region, State working president of Jana Sangram Parishat (JSP) Raghavendra Kushtagi expressed concerns over the disparities caused by uneven development in the region. He was addressing a media conference at Reporters’ Guild here on Wednesday.
“Gulbarga is flourishing at the cost of rest of the places in Hyderabad-Karnataka region. It has grabbed most of what were sanctioned to the region. It has already had a multi-specialty hospital and a medical college of the Employees State Insurance Corporation (ESIC), Government Medical College, Central University, Textile Park, Gulbarga University, Cancer Hospital and other premier establishments. Yet, powerful politicians from Gulbarga district are making serious attempts to grab the proposed All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) to their district. If the Gulbarga-centric developmental trend continues, other places in the region would have to be up in arms for demanding internal reservation within the region,” he warned.
He criticised former Union Railway Minister Mallikarjun Kharge for his excessive focus on Gulbarga and neglect of the rest of the places in the Hyderabad-Karnataka region.
“During his tenure as Railway Minister, Mr.Kharge diverted thousands of crores of rupees from the Union government to Gulbarga district for various developmental projects including irrigation projects along the Narayanpur Left Bank Canal (NLBC),” he alleged.
Dr.V.A.Malipatil, a leading psychiatrist and district convenor of JSP, demanded that AIIMS should be established in Raichur instead of Gulbarga.
He said that Raichur is, compared with Gulbarga, far backward in terms of the ratio of doctors and hospital beds to the population, Human Development Index, Gender Inequality Index, industrial development, education and various other areas.
An action committee, with representatives of all political parties, civil society organisations and elected representatives as its members, has recently been formed for formulating future course of action including struggles for pressurising both State and Union governments, he added.
“A delegation on behalf of the action committee would soon meet Chief Minister Siddaramaiah and even the Prime Minister if required, and demand AIIMS for Raichur,” he said.