QBengaluru: CM Calls Meeting With Factory Owners; FIR Against MLCs
Latest news updates from Karnataka.
1. Factories to Clear Dues to Farmers, Amount Undecided: Kumaraswamy
All eyes on Tuesday, 20 November, afternoon were trained on the Vidhana Soudha as Karnataka Chief Minister HD Kumaraswamy convened nearly a day-long meeting with sugarcane growers, sugar mill owners, chief secretaries and other stakeholders concerned.
Staunchly staking his government’s support for the plight of farmers, Kumaraswamy said in no uncertain terms that the sugar factory owners must cough up all dues to the sugarcane growers, without exception. That includes the pending dues that farmers claim haven’t been paid for years together, under the ambit of FRP (fair and remunerative price).
This, however, is not the final resolution. The Chief Minister has called for another meeting with the factory owners by 22 November to settle on the exact amount to be paid by them to all the farmers. The representatives present at the meeting on Tuesday did not call the shots, he later said in a briefing, giving rise to the efficacy of today’s talks.
(Source: The Quint)
2. FIR Against MLCs for Furnishing False Info
The Vidhana Soudha Police filed an FIR against 7 MLCs of the Congress and the JD(S), along with a former independent MLC, for submitting false information for the 2016 Bengaluru mayoral election. The MLCs are also booked for submitting fake bills.
A special court directed the Vidhana Soudha police to take cognisance of the case and initiate action against the MLCs following a petition filed by R J H Ramanna from Raichur, the state president of the Republic Party of India.
Police booked them under IPC Sections 420 (cheating), 177 (furnishing false information), 149 (every member of unlawful assembly guilty of offence committed in prosecution of common object) and the Representation of the People Act.
3. Panic Buttons Installed in 150 Bengaluru Govt Buses as Women's Safety aid
In a bid to make public transportation safer for women, an MOU has been signed by BMTC and Durga, a citizen organisation to install panic buttons or Durga alarms in buses.
“Women have been victims of physical harassment and other dangers in public transport. So we wanted to equip them with a measure to tackle these issues,” said Priya Varadarajan, founder of Durga.
Four panic button are placed on either side of the bus, where the seats reserved for women are located. The buttons positioned on the panel between the windows are at a height that is easily accessible to women, while children can stand and reach out to them. There is a pictorial representation to describe the functioning of the alarm along with instructions in Kannada. Users can alert the driver and other passengers by pressing the alarm. As per the protocol, the driver is required to the stop the bus and intervene. If the driver is unable to resolve the matter, higher BMTC officers need to be called.
(Source: The NewsMinute)
4. ACB Sleuths Arrest Officials Over Demanding Bribes
Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) sleuths on Tuesday, 20 Tuesday arrested an official of town planning and another from BBMP on graft charges.
Rangaswamy, assistant director of town planning at Mahadevapura Zone and assistant engineer Srinivasa Gowda are the arrested officers. The complainant wanted to construct a house at Ammani Bellandur Khane in Mahadevapura. He had approached Rangaswamy’s office with an application seeking plan sanction for a two-storied house. However, Rangaswamy and Srinivasa Gowda demanded a bribe of Rs 5 lakh to issue the building plan.
When the officials did not clear the file even after three months, the site owner filed a complaint with the ACB. The officials laid a trap and arrested Rangaswamy while accepting while accepting a bribe of Rs 5 lakh from the complainant.
5. 2,391 Surgeries in 15 Days Under new Health Scheme
As many as 2,391 surgeries have been conducted free of cost in the state between 30 October and 13 November under the cobranded health scheme Ayushman Bharat-Arogya Karnataka (AB-ArK).
The procedures totally cost Rs 11.4 crore, of which the Centre will bear Rs 6.8 crore and the state government Rs 4.5 crore.
The scheme was rolled out in Karnataka on 30 October, when the Centre and the state inked a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU). As per the data available with Suvarna Arogya Suraksha Trust (SAST), which implements the scheme, more surgeries happened in private hospitals.
More AB-Ark surgeries took place in private hospitals than in government ones. While 1,331 (56%) surgeries were conducted in private hospitals, 1,060 (44%) operations were performed in government hospitals.
(Source: The Times of India)
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