KPSC to select officials of civic bodies

Staff Correspondent

'Over 800 posts are likely to be filled by the end of February'

Civic bodies directed to streamline revenue collection Tumkur and Davangere-Harihar will be made Corporations soon

DAVANGERE: Commissioners and Chief Officers of civic bodies will be appointed through the Karnataka Public Service Commission (KPSC), Minister for Urban Development S.R. Morey has said.

Talking to reporters here on Friday, Mr. Morey said that over 800 posts are likely to be filled by February-end. Many of the Chief Officers and Commissioners have reached the positions through promotions from the clerical level.

Qualified persons

They have failed in implementing many projects and in improving revenue collection. Therefore, it has been decided to directly appoint "qualified and efficient" persons through the KPSC.

The Government recently appointed 92 accountants, many of whom have passed CA and M.Com, 123 environment engineers, 180 junior engineers, 287 health inspectors, 33 assistant electrical engineers through the KPSC. As many as 134 revenue inspectors and 32 bill collectors were also appointed.

The Government has directed civic bodies to streamline revenue collection, which should be over 65 per cent in another one year. The administrative system in civic bodies will be revamped, Mr. Morey said.

Tumkur and Davangere-Harihar will be made Corporations soon. Since there has been a directive from the Election Commission not to alter any municipalities and other civic bodies as the delimitation process is underway, the government has kept the decision in abeyance, he said.

The Minister said the problem of power cut in many cities and towns, including Tumkur, has been solved.

Computer error

It was owing to a computer error and the department has made payments towards arrears of civic bodies in Tumkur and other places.

Revenue collection was better when officials were paid salaries out of the collections. However revenue collections of the civic bodies had come down considerably after the government had agreed to pay their salaries, he said.

To a question, Mr. Morey said the coalition Government is stable and that it will complete its full term of five years despite differences among a few leaders.

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