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Karnataka celebrates 57th Rajyotsava Day

Posted on Nov 01, 08:13PM | UNI

Karnataka today celebrated the 56th State Formation Day 'Rajyotsava Day' with Chief Minister Jagadish Shettar giving a call for merger of Kannada speaking areas in the neighbouring states with it.

Addressing a gathering at the main function held at Kanteerava Stadium in the State Capital Bangalore under heavy drizzle, he said, "We should make effort for merger into the state the districts where the majority is Kannada speaking people." He said the state government is giving top priority for education and in 2012-13 budget Rs 10,794 crore was earmarked for Primary and Secondary Education. This amount to 12.54 per cent of the Budget outlay.

Mr Shettar said that to curb school dropouts especially after seventh standard education, the Government has introduced distribution of bycycles to children from 8th standard and so far 5.565 lakh students were benefited.

Besides free uniform and books from class one to 10th, Mid-day meal was provided to 65,12,000 students.

He said that the second reach of 'Namma Metro' will be ready for public within next six month time. The first reach the service between Byappanahalli and MG road was opened on 20-11-2011.