Congress MLA, Yeshwantraigouda Patil welcomes decision of forming welfare board for Veerashaiva/Lingayats

BIJAPUR; 18 Nov: After the Chief Minister, B. S. Yediyurappa announced to constitute Veerashaiva/Lingayat Development Board, several leaders of the community across the party lines have started welcoming the decision.

Joining the league, Congress MLA of Indi taluk, Yeshwantraigouda Patil has hailed the decision by describing it as ‘historical’.

“ It was the long standing demand of the people of Veerashaiva/Lingayat community to have a separate development Board for the welfare of the economically and socially weaker section of the community. Since the BJP government has met the demand, I welcome the decision”, he said.

Addressing presspersons on Wednesday, he claimed that he had raised the matter first during the assembly session where he had urged the government to constitute a Board for the welfare of the community.

Stating that other legislators of different political parties too had supported him, Patil said that the government has finally acknowledged the demand.

Admitting that several people of the community are well off and they do not need any financial assistance or benefits from the government, he however said that since Veerashaiva and Lingayats have several sub-sects that are finally weak and need support, Patil, the Board will help them to come into mainstream of the society.

Supporting the demand for including the community into 2A category, he said that as the government has now decided to constitute a development board, it should also take decision in including the community in 2A category.

Reacting to some of the Seers of the community objecting to the decision, Patil chose to downplay it by stating that he does not wish to comment on the views of the Seers.

Asked whether the decision would open Pandora’s Box with many other communities could start raising demand for welfare boards, Patil asserted that nothing wrong in any community making such demand.

“ After all, the job of the government is to provide benefits to all castes and communities. Any community which needs welfare schemes for their development, should be given the opportunity by the government”, he said.

On the objection raised by some Congress leaders including Former Minister, M. B. Patil that the government has not granted funds and merely announced the formation of the Board, Patil said that it is not mandatory for the government to announce the financial aspect on the same day of announcement of Board.

“ We all know that the Centre and State government are facing acute financial crises because of Covid pandemic. Here we should first welcome the decision of the government for constituting the Board. Let the financial position improve, then surely we can seek funds for the board”, he said.

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