The two-day photo exhibition of former chief minister D Devaraj Urs, which was inaugurated by Revenue and District In-charge Minister V Srinivasa Prasad provided a glimpse into the life and work of D Devaraj Urs referred to as the champion of the oppressed and one who strove for the growth and betterment and entry of the backward classes and other economically weaker sections into the mainstream of the society.
A collection of rare photographs which was on display at Kalamandir organised by Department of Information and Public Relations provided a sneak peek into the life of D Urs and his journey such as his association with Indira Gandhi. Photographs showed him at his native village Kallahalli, with his friends, on his Graduation Day and at the session.
Photographs of the visionary leader at various development projects such as construction of dams, irrigation projects, unification of Mysuru ensured visitors to know the times then.
His visit to Sringeri, Dharmasthala, Siddaganga Mutt and his close association with leaders such as Jayaprakash Narayan, V V Giri, Jatti, Charan Singh that were on display hinted at the trajectory of growth of the dynamic leader.
Inaugurating the photography exhibition Minister V Srinivas Prasad said: “The contribution of Devaraj Urs as the chief minister of Karnataka is immense. The Land Reforms Act implemented during his tenure gave a new lease of life to marginal farmers who were provided the title deeds of the land they had been cultivating for long. His role in uplifting the state’s economy, the brave measures he took to reform the state will always be a lesson to politicians of all stature.”
“Further, Devaraj Urs stressed the growth and empowerment of minorities, oppressed and backward classes people. It is saddening that his principles have been forgotten today. It is necessary to have such exhibitions,” he added.
Taking a dig at Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Srinivas Prasad alleged that Modi has been giving false statements over use of drought relief fund in the absence of correct information. In fact, Karnataka is ahead of using relief fund compared to drought-hit states such as Maharashtra, Chhattisgarh. The state government has distributed Rs 1,300 crore to 37 lakh farmers out of 1,540 crore released by the union government. On the failure of north western monsoon, the state government has prepared a detailed draft in which the committee has estimated to claim Rs 1,742 crores compensation from the centre. Based on the report a high-level committe from state will be meeting the Union Minister for Agriculture on March 10.