KARNATAKA

Panel to go into internal quotas for sub-castes

BANGALORE DEC. 4. The State Government has decided to constitute a one-man commission to study the question of providing internal reservation to sub-castes and tribes in the Scheduled Caste (SC) and Scheduled Tribe (ST) category and submit a report.

Addressing presspersons after a meeting of the Council of Ministers here on Thursday, the Minister for Environment, Ecology, and Information, Allum Veerabharappa, and the Social Welfare Minister, A. Krishnappa, said the decision to set up the commission had been taken in view of the demand for internal reservation from sub-castes and tribes among SCs and STs. The leaders of sub-castes and tribes had urged the Chief Minister, S.M. Krishna, to provide internal reservation for sub-castes in appointments to government posts and to enable them to avail of the benefits of schemes.

Mr. Krishnappa said the powers of the commission and its jurisdiction would be decided later and a person selected. The commission would study the socio-economic background of sub-castes and tribes and submit a report to the Government. Based on the size of the sub-castes and tribes, the Government would decide the percentage of reservation, he added.

Power projects

The meeting agreed to release Rs. 150 crore to execute power projects at Alamatti Dam in Bagalkot district. A 15-mw. project would start generating power from January, and a 55-mw. project would be ready in six months.

Crop insurance

Mr. Veerabharappa said it had been decided to release Rs. 155 crore for payment of crop insurance. A sum of Rs. 55 crore would be released immediately and rest in a few days, he added.

Cricket stadium

The meeting agreed to give 14 acres of government land at Hubli Dharwad to the Karnataka State Cricket Association to construct a cricket stadium on lease basis.

About seven acres of barren government land located at Jayapura hobli in Mysore would be given to Deepa Cooperative Society. The price of the land had been fixed at Rs. 7 lakh per acre.

Mr. Veerabharappa said that an order had been issued today to remove service tax.

Yellow cards

The Food and Civil Supplies Minister, Ramalinga Reddy, said the department had decided to issue yellow cards to beedi and plantation workers and weavers. Cards would also be issued to households in urban areas whose annual income was below Rs. 17,000, and those in rural areas with income below Rs. 12,000. Deputy commissioners had been instructed to issue green cards to eligible persons before December 15 and yellow cards before December 31. Foodgrains against fresh ration cards would be given from January 1, he added.

Mr. Veerabhadrappa said a route had been identified for the procession to be organised as part of the Virat Hindu Samajotsava in Bangalore on Sunday.

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