India: Karnataka Govt to bring in ordinance on Horticulture varisty

Bangalore Jan 29: The Karnataka Cabinet, which met here today decided to issue an ordinance to establish a Horticulture University to be set up in Bhagalkot, Karnataka Law and Parliamentary Affairs Minister S Suresh Kumar informed here today.

Speaking after the meeting he said an Ordinance would be issued for the Horticulture University at Bagalkot in northern Karantaka.

He said the decision followed after the Bill for the proposed University could not be brought in before the legislature, earlier.

He said the Cabinet had approved introducing Science and Commerce courses in 437 Pre-University Colleges in the state, where only Arts subjects were being taught. The cabinet also approved the release of Rs 175 crore to appoint 2018 lecturers and equip the PU colleges with science labs.

The cabinet also extended the tenure of Justice Jagannath Shetty Inquiry Commission into Police firing on farmers at Haveri, Justice A J Sadashiva Commission on SC and ST and Justice Somashekhar Commission on Church attacks in Karantaka till March 3 this year.

Enhancement of Freedom Fighters Pension from the present Rs 3000 to Rs 4000 effective from this month, also got the cabinet nod.

It was also decided to introduce Electronic Payment to the beneficiaries of various schemes under Social Security Schemes including Old-age, Widow and Physically Challenged persons on pilot basis in Mandya, Chamarajanagar and Dharwad district.

The state cabinet also decided to release Rs 7.20 crore to replace the 40-year-old Crust Gates of Krishna Raja Sagar reservoir across Cauvery river. Replying to questions, the minister said the cabinet also decided to drop cases against sugarcane farmers in five taluks and withdraw criminal cases filed against senior BJP legislator C T Ravi during the last Lok Sabha elections.

From Mangalorean

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