KARNATAKA

Corporation overstepped jurisdiction: Governor

NEW BUILDING: Governor T.N. Chaturvedi (right), Chief Minister N. Dharam Singh and Deputy Chief Minister M.P. Prakash (left) at the inauguration of the Udyoga Soudha in Bangalore on Saturday. — Photo: V. Sreenivasa Murthy  

Staff Reporter

BANGALORE: Governor T.N. Chaturvedi on Saturday said the Belgaum City Corporation "overstepped" its jurisdiction by adopting a resolution seeking the merger of Belgaum and some other parts of the district with Maharashtra.

Mr. Chaturvedi was speaking at the inauguration of the Udyoga Soudha, a six-storeyed building of the Karnataka Public Service Commission (KPSC) here, constructed at a cost of Rs. 12 crores.

Local bodies are expected to attend to local problems, issues and development works and not burden themselves with larger issues. It was "not proper" on the part of the Belgaum corporation to have focussed on the Belgaum issue, which is pending before the Supreme Court.

Besides, the incident that took place at the Legislators' Home in Bangalore was not "dignified," he said.

In an oblique reference to the protests and counter-protests over the issue, he suggested that the law and order problem should be dealt with seriously. "We should not take such things lightly. I will not take any law and order-related issue related to religion, language and other things for granted," the Governor said.

Referring to the ethical responsibility of State public service commissions, he said that even during his student days there was talk that its was relatively easy to pass the civil service examination conducted at the national level but not the examinations conducted by the State public service commissions.

Chief Minister N. Dharam Singh said the KPSC has been under pressure to ensure social justice. The commission should strive hard to earn public confidence and credibility.

Taking a dig at his political detractors, Mr. Singh said that the ongoing development works gave the lie to comments heard for the past 18 months that the coalition government would be short-lived. Differing individual opinions over issues should not be misinterpreted as differences in the Government. The Government will complete its full term, he asserted.

Minister for Public Works and Energy H.D. Revanna urged Mr. Singh to approve the construction of two rest-houses on the premises of Victoria and Bowring hospitals in Bangalore to provide free lodging for relatives of poor patients.

Welcoming the gathering, KPSC Chairman H.N. Krishna said that the Udyoga Soudha would not have been realised but for the efforts of the former Chief Minister S.M. Krishna.