Lokayukta's powers to be increased

Special Correspondent

Chief Minister promises to get required legislation passed

Integrated fisheries policy on the anvilDemand for increase in subsidised diesel quota to be consideredPermanent steps to prevent sea erosion planned

Mangalore: Chief Minister H.D Kumaraswamy has reiterated his commitment to giving more powers to the Lokayukta to root out corruption. Speaking to presspersons at the helipad at Mary Hill here on Saturday, the Chief Minister said the recent arrest of five police officers by the Lokayukta came as a shocking revelation to the people. Therefore, he is determined that Lokayukta should have full powers. To make such powers absolute and permanent, legislation is required and he will do his utmost to get the law passed, he said.

The police had made unprecedented security arrangements at the helipad. Superintendent of Police B. Dayananada said people who had gathered at the helipad to receive Mr. Kumaraswamy when he came ten days ago broke the police cordon and created anxious moments for the Chief Minister's party. Therefore, security was strengthened this time, he said.

Fisheries policy

Udupi Staff Correspondent writes: Mr. Kumaraswamy said that the Government is committed to formulating an integrated fisheries policy to help fishermen. He was speaking after inaugurating a 30-tonne ice plant of the Udupi and Dakshina Kannada Cooperative Fish Marketing Society at Malpe on Saturday.

Mr. Kumaraswamy said the Government will consider the demand of fishermen to increase the quota of subsidised diesel from 55,000 kilolitres to 75,000 kilolitres.

Insurance to be doubled

Fishermen's insurance will be doubled and the Government will give serious thought to providing loans at four per cent interest to women engaged in fisheries, who lead a hard life.

The Government is committed to solving the problem of sea erosion. Permanent measures will be taken to solve this problem.

Fisheries Minister B. Nagaraja Shetty said fishermen could expect some encouraging news in the forthcoming State Budget.