KARNATAKA

Dasara to be a simple affair

BANGALORE Oct. 5. The State Cabinet today decided to make the Dasara celebrations this year a simple affair in view of the Cauvery agitation and the drought. The traditional pooja and alankara will be held, but the dasara procession and the torchlight parade will be missing. Also, Mysore will not be illuminated for the festive occasion.

The Minister for Health and Family Welfare, and Information, Kagodu Thimmappa, told presspersons here today that due to these austerity measures, a sum of Rs. 80 lakh would be saved and same would be utilised for drought relief works.

He said the Cabinet approved the release of Rs. 100 crore for the Food for Work programme in drought-affected areas.

The amount would be drawn from various budgeted schemes. A special committee headed by the Development Commissioner would monitor the works taken up under the Food for Work programme. Mr. Thimmappa said the State had received two lakh tonnes of foodgrains from the Centre for distribution in the drought-affected areas.

He said the Cabinet decided to release Rs. 10 lakh from the Local Area Development Fund of each member of the State Legislature and efforts would be made to release an equal amount from the development funds of MPs.

The Cabinet also decided to include Kannadigas living outside the State for consideration for the five per cent reservation in jobs for those who had studied in Kannada medium from the first to the 10th standards.

He said it was also decided to table the action plan formulated to implement the recommendations of the Administrative Reforms Commission.

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