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Say goodbye to health system commission


The State Cabinet on Thursday decided to abolish the Karnataka Health System Commission (KHSC) constituted by the previous Bharatiya Janata Party government.

The BJP had appointed the former Bangalore University Vice-Chancellor N. Prabhu Dev as the chairman of the commission in September 2012, for a period of three years or the tenure decided by the government.

Purpose of commission

It had created the commission to suggest ways to improve medical education, promote healthcare research and integrate Indian system of medicine with modern medicine.

A Cabinet meeting chaired by Chief Minister Siddaramaiah has decided to wind up the commission since there is a duplication of work with the Health Department.

Session

Briefing presspersons on the Cabinet decisions taken on Thursday, Minister for Law and Parliamentary Affairs T.B. Jayachandra said the legislature session would be held from July 12 and would continue till July-end.

The Chief Minister would present the State budget during the session.

Bill

The Cabinet has decided to introduce the Karnataka Palm Oil Production and Processing Bill 2013, in the coming session of the legislature to protect the interest of palm growers. Oil palm plantation covers 13,000 hectares in the State. Farmers have been uprooting their cultivation as it does not fetch enough income.

A decision was taken to constitute a Cabinet subcommittee, headed by Minister for Revenue V. Srinivas Prasad, to monitor drought and floods in the State, and damages caused to property and crops. Ministers for Agriculture, Minor Irrigation, Rural Development and Panchayat Raj and Animal Husbandry are members of the committee.




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