Netas to travel in golf carts around Houses Ministers, legislators and bureaucrats won’t be allowed to use official cars when they commute between Vidhana Soudha, Vikasa Soudha and Legislators’ Home.The transport department will soon introduce golf carts (battery-powered vehicles) to minimize sound and vehicular pollution in the secretariat premises. Also called buggies or campus vehicles, these are used on golf courses and by companies with sprawling campuses. They don’t use conventional fuel. The department plans to start with five such vehicles on an experimental basis.
5-day week can save govt Rs 960 cr Rs 960 crore per annum. That’s the estimated savings if state government offices across Karnataka switch over to a five-day week. And that savings could be used to construct 30 flyovers, each estimated at Rs 32 crore.The estimate was arrived at by the authorities based on three factors: average annual spending on office overheads, a comparison with the percentage saving recorded in 1983 when the five-day week was introduced for a few months and an estimated saving prepared as part of the budget proposals of 2002-03.
Karnataka to spend 50 cr on Kanakadasa birthplace The Karnataka Government will spend Rs 50 crore in the next decade to ensure overall development of Bada Village and Kaginele where saint Kanakadasa was born and brought up and its surrounding historical places.
Talking to newspersons here, Agriculture Minister Bandeppa Kashempur and Water Resources Minister K S Eswarappa said the Kaginele Development Authority, headed by Chief Minister H D Kumaraswamy, held its first meeting on August 24 and decided to take up work on road links, main entrance and construction of a temple near the saint’s memorial and also a research centre.
Foreign Registration Office staff fear rain Even though the Police Department is on a modernisation drive like providing new buildings and equipment to the force, but the condition of the Foreigners Registration Office (FRO) at the Police Commissioner’s office is so pathetic that the staff and people visiting the office fear the rains.
Sanitation project to boost hygiene Hygiene and sanitation in the backward district of Chamarajanagara in Karnataka will get a boost when lavatory facilities will be provided to 1.37 lakh below poverty line (BPL) households under the Total Sanitation Campaign project.
The main aim of the Centrally-sponsored project, expected to be completed by 2009, was to eliminate open defecation and impart lessons in hygiene. It envisaged strong emphasis on information, education and communication to increase people’s awareness on sanitary practices, health issues and usage of safe drinking water.
Karnataka Cabinet expanded; 5 new members Karnataka Cabinet was expanded today with induction of five legislators into the Janata Dal (Secular) and Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) coalition Ministry. Governor T N Chaturvedi administered oath of secrecy to Mr G T Devegowda, Mahadeva Prasad, R Srinivas (all JD-S), S Shivanna, Appasaheb Mallappa Pattanshetty (all BJP) at a simple ceremony held in Banquet Hall in Raj Bhavan.