By B S Prabhurajan Mysore, May 18 UNI | 2 months ago

The stakeholders of the industries and farming community in Mysore region have expressed their displeasure over Chief Minister K Siddaramaiah's performance in office in the past one year in his home district.

While farmers are upset that some of the promises made by the government have not been kept, others have identified his subsidised loan scheme to farmers, introduction of the Anna Bhagya scheme for people below the poverty line, Shaadi Bhagya and Vidyasiri schemes as steps in the right direction.

However, expectations from stakeholders in Mysore are high and hence the Chief Minister's performance is being looked through a magnifying glass in the coming days after the poor show in the recently concluded Lok Sabha elections in this region.

The Mysore Industries Association (MIA) general secretary Suresh Kumar Jain told UNI that the Chief Minister, who also holds the portfolio of the Minister of Medium and Large Industries, has so far not convened a single meeting with stakeholders in Mysore district.

The industrial growth in Mysore is stagnant due to poor infrastructure like roads, power and water and yet nothing has been done to improve the situation, the MIA said.

The MIA had submitted a wish-list to the Chief Minister about the imperatives of notifying the Industrial Township

Authority to give a fillip to the process of industrialisation. It wanted a genuine single window agency to be established to ensure that entrepreneurs do not run from pillar to post to secure clearances. But the demand has not been met, said the MIA's office-bearers.

At present, an entrepreneur has to seek clearances from 36 departments to establish a unit and commence manufacturing, they added.

With the notification of the Industrial Township Authority, taxes will be paid directly to the authority, there would be a body of elected and nominated people including people from the chambers of commerce and industry and infrastructure development in the industrial areas of Hootagalli, Metagalli and Belawadi will get a boost, according to the MIA.

Likewise, the MIA and other stakeholders have sought the establishment of an export centre, but it is yet to fructify.

"During his first year, Mr Siddaramaiah's attention was on the poor but we expect him to turn his attention to the development of industries which is what will spur economic growth and trigger employment,' said he Jain.

Stakeholders in the tourism and hospitality sector say that nothing has changed in the last year but they have high expectations as Mr Siddaramaiah has announced the constitution of the Kaveri Tourism Authority in the 2014-15 budgets.

Kurubur Shanthakumar of the Sugarcane Cultivators. Association said the arrears due to sugarcane farmers are pending, though the Chief Minister has cleared a portion of it.

Non-governmental Organisations expect the constitution of a tribal development board, which is yet to take place.

Sanctioning Rs 100 crore for shoring up Mysore city's infrastructure, a new complex to expand the Maharani's College, a 250-bed super-specialty hospital for Mysore have also been announced and stakeholders are looking forward to their implementation.

(Posted on 18-05-2014)