Chief Minister Jagadish Shettar on Wednesday said that the recent incidents of crime in Bangalore city and Mangalore were a “cause for concern” and stressed that the utmost priority was to maintain law and order in the State.

Unfurling the tricolour at the Field Marshal Manekshaw Parade Grounds here on the Independence Day here, Mr. Shettar said the naxal menace was under control but “the recent incidents of crime in Bangalore city and Mangalore are indeed a cause for worry.”

He said culprits involved in the crimes in both the cities had been arrested and investigation is on.

Strict instructions had been given to the police to prevent such incidents, Mr. Shettar said and appealed to the public to be vigilant and cooperate with the police in preventing crime.

In his 20-page address to the State in Kannada, the Chief Minister said the Bangalore Commissionerate of Police has been conferred the “Award for Excellence” by the Urban Development Ministry for its successful traffic management in the city. Peace and order prevailed in the State during the last four years, he added. Noting the contribution of his predecessors, Mr. Shettar said: “the kharif [crop] has almost failed this year” and despite rains in the last two weeks, “the situation is still alarming.” Because of these rains only short-term crops could be grown, he noted.

Noting that the tenure of the government is limited, he said that under Sakala, 83.54 lakh applications had been received and 74.89 lakh applications disposed of by August 13, 2012. The monthly honorarium of 9,157 freedom fighters and their widows had been increased from Rs. 4,000 to Rs. 5,000 from June, and Rs. 2,000 was being paid to 800 freedom fighters who participated in the Goa liberation movement, the Chief Minister said.

The government proposed to regularise unauthorized constructions in rural and urban areas. Nemmadi Kendras would he handed over to Nada Kacheries from next month, he said.