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 Ramakrishana Hegde (1926 - 2004)
Shri Ramakrishana Hegde, born in 1926 at Siddapur in an agricultural family. He was educated all across India at Sirsi, Kashi Vidhyapeeth and Lucknow University from where he did his Law. Shri Hegde participated in the freedom struggle and was jailed during the Quit India Movement (1942).

Shri Hegde was Deputy Minister, in Government of Karnataka in and also served as Chief Minister of a non-congress government in Karnataka from 1983-88. Mr. Hegde was the main architect of Janta Dal, from where he was thrown out. He is the founder President of Lok Shakti since 1997.
As Chief Minister of Karnataka, he introduced many welfare schemes for the weaker sections of society, backward classes, SC/ST and minorities. These include distribution of free uniforms and text books to school going children, widow pension, maternity allowance for poor working women, bus passes for students, debt relief to farmers, 25% reservation for women in Panchayati Raj, Municipal bodies, establishment of a Minority Commission etc. As Chief Minister he also established the LOKAYUKTA. Mr. Hegde was regarded as a great philosopher.
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