Taluk reorganisation panel gets more time

Special Correspondent

The committee has visited 24 districts: Karunakar Reddy

It has received 1,360 applications and requests

Belgaum: The term of the Taluk Reorganisation Committee has been extended till May 2009, the Legislative Assembly was informed on Saturday.

Replying to queries from members, Revenue Minister G. Karunakar Reddy said the committee had visited 24 districts and received 1,360 applications and requests from representatives of the people, organisations and individuals. It had also sought suggestions from principal secretaries and senior officials in various departments.

Higher Education Minister Arvind Limbavali, in reply to a question from Chikkanna, said it had been decided to hold an inquiry into irregularities in the recruitment of professors, readers and lecturers in the University of Mysore in 2006-07 in violation of UGC rules and the roster system.

H. Rangavittalachar, retired judge of the Karnataka High Court, would conduct the inquiry. Mr. Limbavali said the orders confirming the services of non-teaching staff had been cancelled following the detection of violation of the rules framed by the State Government.

Tourism and Infrastructure Development Minister G. Janardhan Reddy, replying to Venkatarao Nadagouda, said the Railway Ministry had asked the State Government to release Rs. 10 crore for the Munirabad-Mahbubnagar rail link and action was being taken to release the amount.

The cost of the project is Rs. 700 crore, for which the State Government has to give a matching grant. The process of land acquisition is on. The State Government released Rs. 5 crore last year.

Cooperation Minister Lakshman S. Savadi informed Sunil V. Hegde that an inquiry into the irregularities in the Canara DCC Bank, Sirsi, had been ordered under the Karnataka Cooperative Societies Act, based on a complaint by R.S. Bhagavat, former MLC. It would be completed within 60 days. Action would be taken after the report was submitted, he said.

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