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HD DeveGowda's Contribution as Chief Minister of Karnataka :

It is a general feeling that politicians as a class do not keep up their promises. But Janata Dal(S) is an exception to this. This is not egotism but a matter of pride. The achievements themselves are the evidences and the people are the witness for the same. People did believe the promises Janata Dal held forth in its manifesto published in 1994 when Shri.H.D.Devegowda was the State President and on that account only our party was able to assume power and form the Government. For us bringing out a manifesto was not a perfunctory exercise, but was a sacred commitment. Based on such a manifesto, Janata Dal literally proved how a Government could work wonders and fulfill the expectations of the people. We want to recall some of the significant achievements, which Shri Devegowda did when he was the Chief Minister of Karnataka during 1994-1996.

  1. Janata Dal had promised that it is committed to the 'words' and 'scheduled ‘with regard to the full utilization of Karnataka's right over Krishna river water and it did keep up its promise. The then government spent Rs.1435 crores over this project and retained the State's right on Krishna water. Janata Dal exhibited its strong 'political will' in fighting back the political plot of Tamilnadu and central Governments as regards Cauvery waters. The Government particularly Shri.H.D.Devegowda as Chief Minister played his part well in avoiding the permanent harm that would have been caused by the order of the Supreme Court, by allowing Cauvery water into the Tamilnadu in a plausible manner and thus made the people of Cauvery basin to have a sigh of relief. In this regard we need not have a sigh of relief. In this regard we need not have to remind once again, how the subsequent Congress Government handled the Cauvery water issue and caused a great injustice to Karnataka.
  2. As a step in making our farmers debt free, Janata Dal kept up its promise by complete Waiving of interest on loans of farmers who had cleared the principal amount. Despite the discordance of the Congress which was in power at the centre, Devegowda as Chief Minister never hesitated in fulfilling his promise.
  3. Realizing the increasing dependence of farmers on power for agriculture, Janata Dal Government kept up its promise of providing minimum 10 hours of uninterrupted power supply.
  4. Janata Dal did carry out its promise of establishing cold storages in all the districts to preserve the horticultural products which would otherwise perish.
  5. Janata Dal had promised of bringing pressure on the centre for framing a National Agro Policy. Knowing the indifferent attitude of the Congress towards the farmers. Janata Dal Government brought forth its own agricultural policy. Besides this, when Sri.H.D.Devegowda became the Prime-Minister, he proved our Janata Dal Party's commitment through a pro-farmer and pro-rural budget.
  6. Janata Dal had promised to reserve Government jobs to rural educated un-employees and it did keep up this promise. But the subsequent congress government, failed to defend the case in this regard in the Hon'ble court and thus the rural reservation got bogged down.
  7. Janata Dal kept up its promise of reviving the 'Green Card' scheme which helps both the urban and rural people who are below the poverty line to get them ration at the cheaper price. The then Janata Dal Government issued Green Card to 65 lakh families. The poor got rice at Rs. 3.25 perk.g
  8. Janata Dal literally carried out its promise of reserving 30 per cent of posts in Government service for women. On account of this you find women officials in the posts of school teachers, R.T.O.s and police officers etc., The credit of it is certainly Janata Dal's.
  9. Social Justice has always been a subject close to the heart of the Janata Dal, right from the days of its inception. The party has always supported reservations as a practical method for alleviating the suffering, toiling underprivileged and down trodden masses of the country and ameliorating their miserable plight down the centuries. We are committed to its continuation in the days to come.
In fact, it was the Janata Dal Government in Karnataka led by the then Chief Minister Shri.H.D.DeveGowda, which implemented the 50 percent reservation policy for the Dalits &OBCs in the state. For the first time ever, his Government provided four percent reservation to Muslims as well. The Karnataka Formula of reservations devised and implemented by JD (S) Government in Karnataka 12 years back is worthy of implementation throughout the country in the larger interests of the Dalits, OBCs and minorities.

Under the formula, in all the job appointments in all the categories, 30 percent reservation was earmarked for women. Nobody in the state has interfered or protested against the formula, which has been smoothly implemented over the last 12 years. This should be the model formula for the country, which would ensure social equality, and justice for the people without creating divisions among them.

  1. Janata Dal under the Chief Minister ship of H.D.Devegowda kept up the word, Social justice even in political power-that is our object. His Government brought reservation system in to force in respect of President, Vice President Posts in local bodies for women, OBCs, SC/STs and minorities.
  2. Janata Dal wanted the minorities to join the Social main stream instead of becoming 'isolated islands' in our social stratum. This was the goal of Janata Dal and it did reach that goal. The problem of 'Idga Maidan' in Hubli, was solved amicably by Janata Dal Government headed by Shri.H.D.Devegowda without any blood shed.
  3. As promised Janata Dal regularized the revenue sites of Bangalore City within three months of its assuming power.
  4. Janata Dal had announced a state-wide survey of the poor in order to take preliminary measures for the development of the state. Janata Dal Government headed by Shri.H.D.Devegowda conducted a scientific survey accordingly and took relief measures.

Thus Shri.H.D.Devegowda as Chief Minister of Janata Dal Government showed how his Government different from Congress.

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