BY VEENA RAO
“The Government of Georgia is considering a proposal to set
up a trade office in Bangalore,” said Karnataka Chief
Minister B.S Yediyurappa, in an exclusive interview with NRI
Pulse during his recent Atlanta visit. He said, the State of
Illinois had come forward to sign an MoU with the Government
of Karnataka for economic and cultural cooperation.
“Similar intentions have been expressed by the governments
of Maryland and New York,” he added.
The chief minister said his high-level delegation had
several meetings with non-resident Kannadigas and members of
the Indian diaspora, and had fruitful interactions with
prospective investors during their week-long visit of the
“I have seen the expectations for Karnataka from the people
here. I will try my level best to meet these expectations
and (work towards) taking Karnataka ahead,” he promised.
“Our only agenda is development.”
Yediyurappa, who leads the newly-formed BJP government in
Karnataka, said his government would soon introduce its new
industrial policy, which would provide a lot of scope for
NRI investors to invest in the state. “I invite all
industries to invest in Karnataka,” he said. “The
(political) atmosphere is very good now. In the past
three-four years, nobody was willing to come to Karnataka
(because of the political climate). Now people are happy.”
Yediyurappa’s government is a single party majority
government unlike the past governments which have been
formed by a coalition of parties.
He said, like the neighboring states of Andhra Pradesh,
Kerala and Tamil Nadu, his government had also lifted
several restrictions for doing business in the state.
The chief minister said his government was committed to
improving the infrastructure of Bangalore and the rest of
the state. “You will see a lot of changes over the next two
to three years,” he promised. “We are thinking of all round
development that includes improving road, rail and air
connectivity. We will have airports in almost all district
headquarters. The ports of Karwar and Mangalore will be
The BJP government will complete 100 days of office on
September 9th. On that day, the government will release a
document detailing the implementation of promises made to
the people of Karnataka during election time, he said. “In
fact, we will release a document of our achievements every
100 days. That is our promise to the people of Karnataka.”
“In my budget, more than 1 crore people will benefit
individually through loans, medical and educational
benefits,” he added.