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In thelegislature Rs. 97.27-crore proposal awaiting Centre's nod

Plan envisages supply of drinking water from the CauveryProject prepared with 50-year perspectiveOld pumping, distribution systems to be replaced

BANGALORE: The State Government has submitted a Rs. 97.27-crore proposal to the Centre to augment drinking water supply in Mysore city.

Replying to Shankaralinge Gowda (BJP) in the Legislative Assembly on Tuesday, Home Minister M.P. Prakash said the proposal envisaged regular supply of drinking water from the Cauvery to citizens of Mysore. The project had been prepared keeping in view the drinking water requirements of the city over the next 50 years, he said.

A Comprehensive Development Plan for Mysore had been prepared and it was intended to take up development works under the Centrally funded Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission. Under the mission, a project would be taken up to supply drinking water to new extensions of Mysore. A sum of Rs. 5.49 crore had been released to replace old water pumping and distribution systems, Mr. Prakash said.

Mr. Shankaralinge Gowda was, however, dissatisfied with the reply and staged a walkout.

Transfers of teachers

Minister for Primary and Secondary Education Basavaraj S. Horatti assured members that he would address the inconveniences caused to teachers in the recent round of transfers.

Replying to Ramesh Kumar (Congress) during Zero Hour, he said some teachers were transferred to other divisions on recommendations made by Chief Minister H.D. Kumaraswamy and some of the Ministers. The department had received 42,000 applications from teachers seeking transfer.

In fact, there was a severe shortage of teachers in primary schools in Gulbarga and Raichur districts and Chikkodi taluk of Belgaum district. The Government was planning to adopt a new transfer policy, he said.

Mr. Prakash said four mining leases had been given in Doni village of Gadag district. Replying to a question from S.S. Patil (Congress) on the destruction of forests due to mining, he said mining had been allowed in the forest area under the Mining and Minerals (Development and Regulation) Act, 1957. A no-objection certificate from the Forest Department was obtained before sanctioning mining lease or prospecting licence. Afforestation in non-forest areas was made mandatory in lieu of mining in forest areas. Mining in forest areas was being approved by the Government of India.

Mr. Prakash said 54 taluks in the State were without fire stations. He told K. Abhayachandra (Congress) that the Government would set up fire stations only in taluk headquarter towns and not in other places.

The member urged the Minister to establish a fire station at Mulki in Dakshina Kannada where some big industries had come up.

Anganwadi centres

Minster for Women and Child Welfare H.K. Kumaraswamy said appointment of anganwadi workers and assistants would be completed before July 31.

Replying to Visweshwar Hegde Kageri (BJP), he said 11,313 anganwadi centres had been sanctioned in the State, but only 2,488 centres were functioning. Buildings were not available for centres at the gram panchayat level, he said.