At an epochal moment one hundred days ago, our government sprang to life with a bow to the people of Karnataka and a vow to meet their aspirations. One hundred days may appear too shor t a period as a yardstick to assess a government’s achievements but, I feel, it is enough to serve as an indicator of the thrust and pace of the administration’s endeavours.
My fellow-citizens of Karnataka, you installed us in office with complete trust in us and hope in our ability to take the state forward, after your disillusionment with successive ruling administrations of the past. Your trust and hope encase us as a protective citadel and we, on our par t, will never let you down. You the people have observed the path our government has trodden from the moment I took the oath of office in the name of the farmers, on 30 May 2008. You are aware of the effor ts we put in to surmount the crisis arising out of the fer tiliser shor tage right at the dawn of our administration. We have taken other bold measures to wipe the farmers’ tears. Ours is a government that evinces genuine concern for the farmers’ welfare. We have been at the foref ront in the implementation of pro-farmer programmes and have been viewed as a model for others.
I believe in all sincerity that you the people of the state have endorsed the budget I presented on 17 July 2008. I feel in fact that he pragmatic budget has been able to enhance the confidence that you reposed in us. I traveled across the state to elicit farmers’ views, hear their grievances and obtain their suggestions to incorporate in the budget. This was a testimony to our desire to serve the farming community in its entirity.
Our budget also incorporated 90 per cent of the promises we made in ‘Sankalpa’ our election manifesto. The budget amply reflects your expectations and aspirations. The onus of implementing the projected measures lies now on our shoulders.
Esteemed friends, the legislature passed the budget on 31st July 2008. Within the span of 40 days since then, we have been able to begin implementation of most of the programmes cited in the budget. This is truly hear tening, considering the pace at which a government normal ly functions. The members of my Cabinet and the entire administrat ion have enabled me to accompl ish this task. I extend my congratulations to all of them.
I had given an assurance at a meeting of senior officers called to streamline the administration that I would submit a progress repor t of the government’s functioning once in every hundred days. This, under the title of ‘Springboard for a glittering future’ is the first of such repor ts, It points the direction in which our government will move forward in the next five years. I feel enthralled that we have been able to take up so many diverse programmes for implementation in a mere hundred days. I am amazed too that we have achieved so much despite the obstacles we encountered in our path.
The steps that our government has initiated to ensure that we transform your expectations into concrete benefits have insti l led confidence in me. Our admirers who have described us have employed encomiums like ‘hundred and one days hundreds of steps’ which might appear as enthusiastic but such expressions cer tainly are no exaggeration.
Numerous programmes we have launched in the fields of agriculture, education, infrastructure and urban development under our resolve to create a prosperous Karnataka are taking shape satisfactorily. Our pro-people measures are directly benefiting the under- privileged sections of society, farmers, women and chi ldren, enabl ing the development of these groups. The decisions we have reached, the stands we have taken, the directives we have issued and the task forces we have set up are all ecorded in black and white.
Amid all the bouquets of achievements, one sore spot causes me both concern and anguish. According to a recent survey, Karnataka bears the blemish of a high degree of corruption. This is a legacy from successive governments over the decades. To wipe out this black mark and provide an able, honest and transparent administration will be our prime priority.
For me, dear friends, the completion of an eventful 100 days in office is truly unforgettable. This brief repor t of our administrative progress invigorates me. I am deeply indebted to all of you who have directly and indirectly helped me to attain this lofty level of confidence and resolve.
9th September 2008
(B S YEDDYURAPPA)
Chief Minister of Karnataka