The State government will constitute a committee to study and recommend which government departments should be shifted to Suvarna Vidhana Soudha at Belgaum.

Addressing reporters here on Wednesday after receiving hundreds of applications from the public during the Janata Darshan, Chief Minister Siddaramaiah said a committee would be set up to look into the demand for shifting the departments.

Mr. Siddaramaiah said steps would be taken based on the committee’s report. Issues like how shifting any department would be helpful in development of north Karnataka region would be looked into before taking the final decision, he said.

To a query, he said during the winter session of the Legislature, focus would be on problems pertaining to north Karnataka.

The Chief Minister, who held Janata Darshan for over three and a half hours, said a majority of the applications and memoranda pertained to the Revenue Department. Over 2,000 persons participated in the event and submitted applications for jobs, pension, BPL cards, and better price for sugarcane. All the applicants would get reply within the next twenty days, he said.

“I have directed the Deputy Commissioner to look into the applications and resolve contentious issues. If it is found that people were forced to undergo hardships because of the irresponsibility of officials, action will be initiated against the officials,” he said.

On the Kalasa Banduri Nala Project, he said work had stopped since the Goa government had brought a stay order on the project. The issue had been taken up with the Union Irrigation Minister, he said. Mr. Siddramaiah said the Police Commissionerate had been sanctioned for Belgaum and the office would be set up soon.

A decision on the renaming of Belgaum as ‘Belagavi’ would be taken at the earliest, he said.

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