A Cabinet meeting scheduled in Gulbarga on October 4 will discuss issues related to Hyderabad Karnataka, Chief Minister Jagadish Shettar said here on Sunday. “We were unable to hold a Cabinet meeting in Gulbarga last year owing to unavoidable reasons. But we have decided to organise the meeting this year on October 4. Senior officials have been instructed to begin preparations,” he told presspersons. Mr. Shettar thanked the Union government for tabling the Bill to amend Article 371 of the Constitution to provide special status to the Hyderabad Karnataka region. This will ensure better human resource development in this region and improve infrastructure in the six districts. The State government was implementing all central-sponsored schemes effectively and transparently. Our progress in health, education, drinking water and other central schemes is good, Mr. Shettar said. Later, during a drought review meeting the Chief Minister instructed officials to employ a larger number of people under the MNREGA. Officials should not only focus on ensuring the quality of works, but should also make sure that the wages are paid within a week. He sought periodic progress reports from officials about this. He asked officials to take up drinking water projects and set up of fodder banks in all affected areas. Mr. Shettar received grievances from the public at a Janata Darshan. He distributed taxis to beneficiaries of various social welfare schemes. The Chief Minister visited the Khaja Bande Nawaz Dargah and the Sharana Basaveshwar temple. District in-charge Minister Revu Naik Belamagi, Infrastructure Development Minister Sunil Valyapure, Minister for Water Resources Basavaraj Bommai, Gulbarga Urban Development Authority Chairman Vidyasagar Kulkarni, MSIL chairman Vikram Patil, legislators Doddappagouda Patil, Valmiki Naik, Shashil Namoshi, K. B Shanappa and others were present.