Panel to work on Commissionerate formation

Minister for Municipal Administration, and Minorities Welfare, Haj and Wakf Qamar-ul Islam has said the proposal to upgrade the Directorate of Municipal Administration in the State to Commissionerate would help in ending the control of the Deputy Commissioner over municipalities.

Speaking to The Hindu over phone from Bangalore on Saturday,

Mr. Islam thanked Chief Minister Siddaramaiah for conceding the long-pending demand that would enable the creation of offices of Deputy Commissioners under the proposed Commissionerate at all divisional headquarters to oversee the functioning of municipalities throughout the State in an effective manner.

He said the State government had decided to form an expert committee to work on the formation of the Commissionerate of the municipal administration in the State and also on the establishment of the divisional offices under a Deputy Commissioner for the proposed Commissionerate.

IIT in Gulbarga

On the establishment of the Indian Institute of Information Technology (IIIT) in Gulbarga city, Mr. Islam said there was no follow up from the Gulbarga University on the proposal. However, the Karnatak University, Dharwad, followed up the proposal.

“When the issue came up before the Cabinet, there was no proposal from the Gulbarga University and based on the offer made by the Karnatak University, Dharwad, the government sanctioned the IIIT at Dharwad,” he said.

Minority welfare

He said the State had allocated Rs. 1,043 crore for the welfare of the minorities in the budget. Of this, Rs. 367 crore would be used to clear loans taken by more than 1.30 lakh minorities and Rs. 676 crore would be used for their overall development in the State.

  • This will enable the creation of offices of DCs at all divisional headquarters

  • The State government has decided to form a committee to form the Commissionerate