Haradanahalli Devegowda Kumaraswamy is a young and impeccable polititician of Karnataka.He is one
of the sons of former
Prime Minister Sri. H.D. Devegowda .He is popularly known as Kumaranna among his friends and
followers he is one of the great
politician who have huge Followers because of his dynamic approach.
Kumaraswamy is the 18th Chief minister of Karnataka .When initially Kumaraswamy took over as the
Chief Minister everyone
thought he is a chip of old block doing nothing but paying lip sympathy to the rural poor and
attacking anything urban. But
he proved everyone wrong, his priorities were clear from day 1 development of the state was top
of his agenda no rural-urban
divide. he put Bangalore back on the rails. he made it clear that the industries are given
better facility so that Bangalore
should be investor friendly. He also cleared all infrastructure projects
He started touring the nooks and corners of the state interacted with the people took note of
their problem and instructed
officials to help them with a warning that he would visit again and seek action taken report .In
Bangalore he started weekly
Janatha Darshana which was biggest popular programe
Kumaraswamy has effectively established his credentials through people friendly programes
benefiting both rural and urban
masses, he also unwearyingly supported the industries and was also committed towards improving
infrastructure and facilities
in Karnataka he gave top priority to up gradation of the infrastructure in Bangalore as well as
those areas in the outskirts
of Bangalore by taking up several projects he also extended his cooperation to IT & BT
industries which were responsible for
Bangalore to carve a name on the world map. Kumaraswamy was popular among people because of
pro-people programes like village
stay and onetime loan waiver to farmers ,arrack and lottery ban bicycle for girl students ,
- Packages of Rs.2689.64 Crore for six districts which reported high incidence of farmer
suicides. The district are Belguam,Hassan,Chickmagalore ,Chitradirga,shimaga and Kodagu
- Moved by the grievances from the women whom he met during his Janatha darshana and village
stay where they complained about their husbands who are drunkards and there families were in
trouble from arrack and lottery Kumaraswamy took a decision of Banning Arrack and Lottery.
- Suvarna Karnataka Udyanagala Pratistana where in all garden and parks belonging to the
government will be taken care of.user
- Swavalambana Scheme lending money to women engaged in fishing at the rate of 4%.
- Karnataka is the only state next to Sikkim where decentralization of power has been
implemented in letter as the spirit as envisaged in 73rd amendment to the constitution.
- ‘Suvarna Kayaka Udyoga Shikshana Yojane’ has been launched. The scheme aims to
identify the needs of the organized sectors for skilled man power in various trades and to
train qualified eligible youths to undergo hands-on training. The expenditure on training is
to be shared equally by industry and the Government. This Public Private Partnership will
provide employment opportunities to the rural and urban youth of the State.
- Declining sex ratio is a matter of great concern . To arrest the trend, the Kumaraswamy
Government has launched a novel scheme called “Bhagyalakshmi” to protect the
girl child and change society’s attitude towards her. Under the scheme, an amount Rs.
10,000 is deposited in the name of each female child born after 31st March 2006
- Waving loan up to 25000 for all the farmers of Karnataka .
- Jawaharlal Nehru national Urban renewal mission scheme for improving quality of life of slum
- Reduced the interest burden of all institutional loans to farmers to 4% as has in respect of
the cooperative sector.
- Announced the package 0f 7000 crore rupees for the welfare of the farmers.
- 70% of the application received in janathadarshana were solved and 25 crore Rupees were
given directly to the people whom he met in janathadarshana.
- Suvarna Gramodaya Program integrating the Implementation of various development programmes
and providing infrastructure facilities comprehensively to transform 1000 villages every
year into model villages
- Work on alamatti dam was speeded up and it was also presented to nation during his tenure.
- Water projects like siganalur project, yaragol project in kolar,chimalagi project in Bijapur
and also concentrated on Badra projectwhich can provide water for Tumkur and Kolar.
- Bruhat Bangalore project in which the rural parts of Bangalore were inculeded into Bangalore
by which the basic infrastructure of those places were improved.
- Constituted a committee to deal with land Mafia which had aquried the government lands
illegally and recovered around 40 thousand acres of land from land mafia
- Ramanagara and chikkaballapura were made as district keeping in mind that Bangalore growing
fast and to create an alternate place for industrial growth.
- Special high court circuit bench was granted to North Karnataka where people had to travel
to Bangalore for there court cases
- 716 primary schools 1000 high schools 500 pu colleges and 184 degree colleges 7 engineering
colleges 6 government medical college were presented for educational growth
- To motivate the Students of rural Karnataka towards education and control the dropout from
the school especially among girl students the Kumaraswamy government started a scheme where
bicycles were distributed for the students who study in high school ,which was a very
- Udyogini,Asare ,Amrutha programes were introduced for the welfare of women.
- Giving loan at the rate of 4% interest to Stree Shakti groups to improve credit to self
- 350 hostels for the welfare of the SC/ST students were provided,350 new Morarji hostel were
- 5 acre land worth Rs 90 crore was given to Haj committee to facilitate the Haj Pilgrims.
- 120 crore rupees were reserved for the welfare of minority communities.
- Waqf board was given additional 9 crore rupees along with the 13 crore Which was given every
- 190 Km of Bangalore road widening project was taken up.
Kumaraswamy as a CM
H D Kumaraswamy took oath as 18th Chief Minister of Karnataka on February 3, 2006 at the age of
46 Mr.Kumaraswamy was fourth youngest chief minister of Karnataka. As soon as Kumaraswamy took
oath as the CM of Karnataka he announced his priorities towards the development of the
- Clean and transparent administration
- To implement 11 point development vision of Abdul kalam
- Improve infrastructure facility in and around the city
- More power to Lok ayukta.
- Encouragement to IT & BT.
- Terrorism and Naxalism to be curbed.
- Power generation to be increased.
- Stem action against land grabbers .
- Krishna Cauvery basin irrigation project to be expedited.
- Cordial relation with center and neighboring state.
Not only he announced his top priorities but also worked sincerely towards the completion of the
same. Fully aware that the
dead lines issued by his predecessors remained only on papers Kumaraswamy made it sure that the
infrastructure works are
completed on time In spite of being CM of Karnataka he did not want to put fellow motorist in
inconvenience while traveling
he ordered the officers not to put traffic curbs unnecessarily. He wanted to travel like a
common man for city inspection,
to review the progress of the projects. He choose to go on inspection once a month at night from
10 am till midnight so as
not to cause inconvenience to the people. Which shows his concern about the common man who
traveled in Bangalore traffic.
Ever since Kumaraswamy took oath as Chief minister of Karnataka he received on an average of 800
Emails a week that was ac
tually the extension of his Janata darshana among them 75 percent mails are grievances and
petitions .Printouts of all Em
ails were sent to Kumaraswamy’s house by about 7 in the evening apparently he himself sifts
through the mail, read them a
ll and next morning responded personally to chosen few.
Kumaraswamy made it mandatory for officials to compulsory visit at least two villages every week
to educate people on gov
ernment schemes and programs.
Vidhana soudha the seat of power was an impregnable fortress for the comman man .as they were not
allowed inside to meet
any elected representatives because of the security reasons.Kumaraswamy ordered the state police
chief to relax the restr
iction on the movement of people around vidhanasoudha ,he said that people come there to get
their problem redressed they
should not be stoped at the gates of vidhanasoudha in the name of security. security to VIPs is
duty of police.but that can
not be done at the cost of common mans freedom.
Kumaraswamy was very much impressed by president Abdul Kalam Visions to make Karnataka a model
state and he put his true ef
forts to implement them.
Kumaraswamy is the only Chief Minister who stayed in the house which belonged to a backward Class
during his Village stay ,
he just wanted to bring a difference in the treatment by the society towards the backward class
where even today in most
parts of Karnataka the backward classes are treated as untouchables, Kumaraswamy’s visit made
the top officers to stay wit
h him in the same house and the upper caste of the village who treated the backward as
untouchables also visited the same
house to give there complaints and grievance to the chief minister.
Mr.Kumaraswamy also stayed in the house of an HIV infected family, His intention was to remove
the Misconceptions of the pe
ople about AIDS he just wanted to show his concerns about the people who were HIV infected and
he wanted to spread the mes
sage to the people that AIDS doesn’t spreads by staying with Infected people or by eating the
food prepared by them. Famo
us Hollywood actor Richard Gere visited Kumaraswamy personally along with his wife and greatly
appreciated his concerns t
owards HIV infected peoples.
Kumaraswamy’s hard work and dedication took him to the great heights in the heart of people, the
people of Karnataka electe
d him the for super achiever of Karnataka during 2006 in a poll conducted by Deccan herald
H.D.Kumaraswamy was on the top
ranking He was followed by The then Indian team Captain Rahul Dravid , National award winner
Girish Kasarvalli ,retired l
okayukta justice N.Venkatachala and right livelihood winner Ruth Manorama .Thousands of people
elected him by sending Ema
il, Post card and letter sent via fax.
The Chief Minister would prefer to spend more time among people than sitting in a plush officing
files A hands on man Kar
nataka’s 18th CM H.D.Kumaraswamy is just that accessible 24×7 and a mobile person.
His Janata darshana and Village stay gave him an edge over his predecessors of being a visible
CM. He created history by
being a first CM to stay in a house of an HIV +ve family .Administrating a coalition government
,where each partner had it
s own priorities and ideologies to look after is not an easy task but during his tenure as CM
came up with number of prog
rams which gave boost to greater Bangalore happen installing confidence among Kannadigas along
the border with Maharastra
by holding the Belgaum legislative sessions or coming there to rescue of farmers facing mounting
debts with the promise of
waving loans taken from the Co-operative sector hopes have soared for the people. Loan and 4%
interest is by no means a p
opular measure it came as a result of deep understanding that availability cheap credit is a
principal need of agricultur
e today, The Reserve bank of India appreciated the fiscal reform measures taken while the credit
rating information servi
ce of India limited (CRISIL) had placed Karnataka in AA-grade based on the economic progress
achieved The budget presented
under his leadership has concept of gender based budgeting which helped to prioritize public
expenditure to respect the c
oncern of the Women.The new industrilal policy 2006-2011 emphasized the proper infrastructure
will result in
The floods in mid 2006 created havoc in 817 villages affecting 12 lakh people considering the
gravity of the issue his gov
ernment put into place a plan to take up permanent relief measure perennially flood-prone
district and for the first time
90 villages in Belguam,Bijapur, Bagalkot, Raichur, Koppal and Gulbarga were shifted. North
Karnataka was the one of his
top priorities. Unfortunately because of his short tenure he could not complete all his dreams
his tenure was too short he did what his predecessors couldn’t in last 60 years. Kumaraswamy was
a common man’s CM.
Soon after Mr.H.D.Kumaraswamy became Chief Minister of Karnataka ,once in every week he
interacted with the common man dir
ectly. Janata darshana is said to be an eye-opener.It not only exposed to plethora of grievance
but also to bureaucracy’s
apathy and limitation moved by the plight of womens who met him in his Janata darshana who have
either been separated from
or deserted by their husbands Kumaraswamy decided to put in place a mechanism that would provide
them Financial support an
d he announced Rs 400 financial assistance every month to them this made them self reliant ant
not allow them to go into d
epression because of want of money
Janata darshana drew thousands of people majority of them were being disabled,Unemployed and
seeking medical help There are
examples of Kumaraswamy attending to the people for more than 18 hours without taking even a
launch break and sustaining
himself on a glass of fruit juice without caring of his health He used to stand on the lawns of
his office “Krishna” heari
ng to the grievances of people receiving applications and also giving instructions to the
The popular programe Janata Darshana was Extended to villages also as the number of people
visiting him became more and he
understood that it will be difficult for a common man to come to Bangalore to meet him by
spending money and also wasting
time so he decided to go to the people on extension of his Janata darshana he Visited number of
remote villages and stayed
in the common mans house and he listened to the problems of villagers and solved many of the
problems on the spot .People
from the neighboring villages where he stayed also visited him in Thousands in number
,Kumaraswamy used to carry his Janata
darshana till 3am In the morning and he only used to sleep for only 3hrs and back to people at
around 8am in the morning,
Kumaraswamy received around 20 lakh applications in Janata darshana among which 70% of them used
to be solved on the spoto
was easily accessible to the people ,
Here are some information about the incidents which occurred during his
“Hello is this the commissioner Primary and secondary education department?…..CM speaking
here ….. please have
some sense when you transfer a handicapped Person” This is how H.D. Kumaraswamy reacted when a
Higher primary school lady teacher complained to him about her recent transfer To a far place .
ManjulaDevi told Kumar
aswamy that despite her repeated request she was transferred from Jamakandi to Tubachi ,as a
result she has to travel F
or over 12 Km every day, after giving a patience hearing to her Kumaraswamy called up department
and directed him to withdraw the Transfer order beside warning him against repeating such
In another case he sanctioned Rs 25000 on the spot to Bharathi Kalamarahalli On the spot from the
chief minister relief fu
nd she complained that her father had recently met with an accident and she is finding it
extremely difficult to run the
Someshekar a 20 year old flower vendor who was shoot in the knee during the Rajkumar riots needed
a plastic surgery done o
n his right knee as it was chipped off Considering his case Kumaraswamy sanctioned him 50,000
rupees from CM relief fund
and he also asked Someshekar to be admitted to the SanjayGandhi hospital where he will be given
Manjula a mother of two children was fighting for her rights she had alleged that Sub-inspector
Timmegowda Mandya district
is a father of her child ,Manjula was befriended by Timmegowda two years ago in Hassan when she
met him with regards to a
compliant after promising to marry her ,Timmmegowda sought a transfer when he realised that
Manjula was a pregnant “He w
as infact brought a stay order not permitting her to get DNA test done to prove that he is the
father of the child and
also he married one of his relative. Kumaraswamy ordered the Super indent of police Mandya
district to ask Timmegowda to
be present at the CM’s office on the next day evening ,or else he would be dismissed ,the SP was
Timmappa a physically challenged person from MC Layout was driving an autorikshaw for 8 years the
display card drive by t
he RTO left him jobless for timmappa had no driving licence .Amused that timmmapa could drive
his auto rickshaw at Bang
alore roads for 8 years with out a driving licence Kumaraswamy enquired the officers who were
present Wheather a licence c
ould be issued to him atleast now? . on being told that physically challenged are not issued
driving licence Kumaraswamy he
lped Timmappa by Getting him a self employment.
Parimala from Bangalore was in tears. she had invested rupess 2.5 lakhs in a pvt firm that
eventually went bankrupt, her
husband needs an heart surgery and she had no money at hand Kumaraswamy directed officials to
sanction money from CM re
lief fund for treatment of parimala’s husband.
Mr.Kumaraswamy was moved when he received a petition from ramesh seeking help from government to
help him to pay the scho
ol fees for his two children. He was employed in a security agency and was earning 2500 rupees.
Ramesh said he paid 900
as house rent 400 for his bus pass and with remaining amount he took care of his family
Kumaraaswamy took some money fr
om his pocket and gave it to ramesh.
Kumaraswamy personally called the director of sanjay Gandhi hospital and directed him to provide
free treatment to arif
who has suffered a spinal injury after he fell from the First floor of his house.
A 24 year old construction labour got a pat off his back by Kumaraswamy. Nagraj who hails from
Tumkur has been working as a
construction labour since he was 14. To provide better education for his five siblings Nagraj is
the only bread winner of
his family comprising four sister and a brother they lost both their parents 10 years ago and
since then Nagraj has been
working to feed the family. Nagraj requested CM for the better job as he was finding too
difficult to bear the education
Kumaraswamy called up Tumkur deputy commissioner over phone and directed him to help Nagraj
finding a job and also he was
been assured for a house by Kumaraswamy.
Nagesh a daily wage worker from Moledoddi in Channapatna taluk came with his three handicapped
children the CM ordered to
social welfare department officers to sanction an auto rickshaw loan to Nagesh and release a
monthly allowance to all the
three handicapped children.
Beemanna a poor farmer from Bangalore rural was not physically challenged all his life. His
physical challenge had began
three months ago when he was bed-ridden due to a fractured leg and subsequent infection.
Beemanna who stretched his
injured leg with an external fixture was a sight of distress at Janata darshana he was
reimbursed the cost of rupees
25,000 for his implants from CM relief fund towards diet medicine cost that would run into lakhs
of rupees was waived
off by the sanjay Gandhi hospital accident care and research center.Beemanna was treated at the
Victoria hospital where
he under went an Orthopedic procedure called interlocking nailing of the fractured bone, to his
bad luck he had developed infection and the implants had to be removed he was put on an external
Fixture and was back in bed “Beemanna met CM when his saving were exhausted and a major surgery
with the intersection of titanium implants was difficult with out external help Beemanna said he
would have continued to live as disabled man if not for the immediate sanction of money by the
Chief Minister. After two weeks Beemanna was discharged from the hospital and he is back on his
In another incidence vidyamani a young mother of two deserted by her husband fainted even as CM
handed over a check of
rupees 25000 to her and promised her a house at her hometown.
Manjula complained about police inaction in a dowry case she claimed her estranged husband had
married another women and
recently attempted to abduct her from her parents house ,Kumaraswamy ordered the DCP (crime) to
take immediate action.
When Five year old Inchara who had a tumour approached Kumaraswamy he ensured that medical aid of
Rupess 1 lakh was given
Chandan an 8 year old boy with a hole in his heart approached Kumaraswamy moved by his condition
called up his cardiologist
brother-in-law, Director of jayadev institute of cardiology Mr Manjunath and arranged for a
surgery to be done at rupees
A young mother from kadur who lost her husband had approached the CM in one of his Janata darshan
in chickmagalore met him
again in Bangalore. The CM sanctioned Rupees 40000 loan to her to setup a tailoring
The aggrieved father shantappa B koranna narrated to Kumaraswamy how he has been running
pillar-to- post to get the
compensation sanctioned his son a KPTCL employee was electrocuted while on duty. Stating that it
was a serious issue
Kumaraswamy asked law minister Basavaraj B Horatti to followup with KPTCL officials and get the
Nagamani from kariyana katte village in chamrajnagar taluk was thrilled when Kumaraswamy told her
that a government orde
r regarding her employment in Revenue Department would be issued. Nagamani who had applied for a
job on compassionate gr
ounds has been pursuing the application for past three years following the dismiss of her father
from service in the
Revenue Department the government decided to give the job to her brother. But even before the
order was received nagamani’s
brother was stuck by brain haemorrage following this she approached the government seeking the
job but the authorities
said that she was not eiligble later she started knocking the door in the pervious Janata
darshana she was assured of job
The crowd and the CM were amused at the friendly approach of a 10 year old boy sukesh from
saliqrama. Sukesh who was
successful in getting some assistance from the CM during Janatadarshana program at udupi, again
approached the CM seeking
help for setting up business. When Mr. Kumaraswamy asked him whether he could give him 3000
sukesh straight away told him
the amount was not enough then the boy asked for rupees 10,000 .the CM smilingly conceded the
demand. Before he left the
place Sukesh told ChiefMinister “Barla”.
Earlier following the compliants from a group of women from Lavanya Slum under Bharathi nagar
Police station limits that
some Rowdy elements were threatening them. the ChiefMinister directed additional commissioner
Gopal B Hosur to arrest
the culprits.The Rowdy elements allegedly burnt down a large number of huts in this locality.
Kumaraswamy also asked
the residents to comeback and meet him if the action is not taken.