Chief Minister Jagadish Shettar on Friday said the Karnataka Prevention of Cow Slaughter and Preservation of Cattle (Amendment) Bill, 2012 will be sent to Governor H.R. Bhardwaj for his assent.

Speaking to mediapersons, he said that the Bill had been passed by both the Houses of the State legislature. Asked what would happen to the earlier Bill on the same subject, which has been awaiting Presidential assent, he did not reply.

Mr. Shettar said that all the 13 private varsities Bills would also be sent to the Governor, and argued that they were required to provide higher education to the growing number of students. He said that he was happy that the winter session at Belgaum was successful and it gave him a lot of confidence to hold the joint session of the legislature in January-end or February first week.

He said that the Belgaum session had sent a clear message to the people of north Karnataka that the government was with them and with this, the entire region got importance in the administration. Asked whether there was need for focussing on north Karnataka issues during the next session, he said that the government was naturally interested in the passage of Bills.

It was for the Opposition parties to raise such issues for which the government would respond positively and it may increase the number of days. He said that the session discussed problems of farmers in Krishna basin and drinking water needs of people in the region.

Theme park

Earlier, Mr. Shettar, who chaired a meeting on the Bangalore Theme Park at Hesaraghatta from the Department of Tourism, said that it discussed proposals to set up parks on various themes such as art, architecture, dance, drama, flora and fauna or any subject which interests the tourists.

The meeting attended by the Additional Chief Secretary Arvind Jadhav and Director of Tourism Satyavathi may meet again to study the proposals made by the Department, he said.

Minister for Animal Husbandry Revu Naik Belamagi was said to have expressed his desire to retain some land out of the 320 acres for raising grass to feed cattle and some 50 acres for research. The government has more than 3,000 acres in the area.

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