DCs across Karnataka urged to gear up to face monsoon challenges

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June 24, 2019

Bengaluru, June 24: Karnataka Chief Secretary Vijaya Bhaskar today instructed Deputy Commissioners of all the Districts to take up drought relief works on a war footing and gear up the administration to meet the challenges posed deficit rainfall during this current monsoon.

He also asked the top district officials to take early measures in the districts prone for floods when the monsoon rains intensifies in late June, July and thereafter. This comes in the wake of Southwest Monsoon becoming active in many parts of the State.

The Chief Secretary was speaking at a meeting of the Deputy Commissioners at Vidhana Soudha, the State Secretariat here on Monday following direction by Chief Minister H D Kumaraswamy who entrusted the task of tackling the drought situation for any reason.

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January 12,2021

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Mangaluru, Jan 12: The inefficiency of Mangaluru City Corporation (MCC), Mangaluru Smart City Limited (MSCL) and the BJP government has resulted in the high court suspending all ongoing works of smart city mission in the city, alleged Mangaluru MLA UT Khader.

He was speaking at a protest organised by the Dakshina Kannada District Congress Committee (DCC) against the MSCL, MCC and the government on Tuesday.

“The MSCL has failed to implement the Smart City projects effectively and it has been stopped following high court direction. It is the inefficiency of the MCC council led by the BJP. They failed to convince the high court and present facts. The MSCL should have made provisions to dispose construction debris scientifically before commencing works. I had prepared an action plan for the disposal of construction debris when I was the urban development minister,” Khader said and demanded the MSCL to clear the legal hurdles for smart city works.

Noting the BJP that bagged majority in the MCC council is vision less, Khader said the voters of the city voted the party with the hopes of presenting a better administration. “Now people of Mangaluru are repenting for electing the BJP in the MCC council. They have no futuristic vision towards city’s development. Though the state government had earmarked Rs 125 crore for MCC in the 2019-2020 budget, the BJP government has not released it. Meanwhile, the BJP corporators and MLAs in the city have no courage to question the government,” he said adding that people in the city have been facing multiple issues related to roads and infrastructure.

On the protest against farm laws, Khader said that it should not be considered as an agitation of farmers alone. The new laws will allow capitalists to exploit farmers, he said and called upon party workers to launch protest in favour of farmers.

K Harish Kumar, MLC and DCC president, said the ministers, MLAs, corporators and mayors from the Congress were instrumental in various development works that were launched the city.

However, in BJP’s administration in the MCC, they have failed utterly even in the implementation of solid waste management. “They increased the water supply cess three times even when people were facing difficulties due to pandemic,” he added.

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January 13,2021

Raichur, Jan 13: Opposition leader Siddaramaiah, also a Kuruba community leader, on Tuesday said that he was not opposed the reservation for Kuruba community but opposed to this agitation because RSS was behind it.

Addressing press persons here in grand ' Halumath ' convention at Veragota in Devadurga taluk, Mr Siddaramaiah accused BJP of conspiring to divide the Kuruba community and aiming to isolate him. "RSS is behind this," he alleged.

Mr Siddaramaiah said that Congress party recommended for the inclusion of Bestha, Gangamathasta, Mogaveera caste into the Scheduled Tribe list. Now, there is a movement demanding that the Kurubas be included in the ST list. If all these communities are given the ST tag, the percentage of ST will increase to 20 percent from 3%, he said.

“Prime Minister Narendra Modi is leading the Union government and Chief Minister B S Yediyurappa is heading the state government. When BJP is in power at both state and Centre, what was the necessity of conventions and all for KS Eashwarappa?, he said.

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January 3,2021

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Bengaluru, Jan 3: Former Karnataka Chief Minister and JDS leader H D Kumaraswamy on Sunday alleged that ruling BJP has indulged in spreading false rumours of JD(S) joining the National Democratic Alliance (NDA).

In a series of tweets, he said that BJP was resorting to such tactics after realising that its attempts to finish off the regional party had failed, considering the results of the recently concluded gram panchayat election.

"For the same reason, BJP is preparing for a phoney alliance drama. BJP is methodically spreading imaginary reports of JD(S) joining NDA. This is absolutely false," he added.

Kumaraswamy's attack on the BJP came weeks after he spoke of an 'issue based understanding' with the BJP, while dismissing rumours of a merger between BJP and JD(S).

"Now, it is the turn of the BJP. Who from the JD(S) applied for an alliance with it? Who proposed the idea of an alliance with Arun Singh (BJP national general secretary and Karnataka in-charge) after he dismissed any such move he asked.

He also alleged that the BJP was 'poisoning the minds' of JD(S) workers and supporters by these rumours. "BJP should realise that such politics is amoral," Kumaraswamy said.

"We don't need BJP's friendship," he tweeted, adding that the results of gram panchayat elections buoyed the prospects of the regional party.

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