Karnataka govt allows sale of land leased to religious, industrial and other orgs

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July 8, 2020

Bengaluru, Jul 8: In yet another revenue generation measure, the Revenue department has issued an order permitting the sale of government land leased to various religious, industrial and other organisations.

Officials say that around Rs 2,250 crore will be generated in Bengaluru Urban district alone, if the order is implemented.

While rules for the process are yet to be formed, it has directed deputy commissioners of various districts to submit proposals for the sale of such lands leased by the government to various institutions under the Karnataka Land Grant Rules, 1969. The order came after a recent Cabinet decision. 

The order issued on July 6 says that government lands leased to private organisations, trusts, industries, educational, social welfare, religious and agricultural purposes can be regularised by paying the guidance value of the land, provided the organisation continued to use the land for the same purpose it was granted for.

If an organisation or trust wanted to convert the land for other purposes, it will be charged twice the guidance value. According to the order, land leased to organisations that are unwilling to purchase the land will be surveyed. “DCs should initiate measures to survey such lands and recover the unused land to the government,” it said.

Revenue Principal Secretary N Manjunath Prasad told DH that rules for the sale of such lands will be formulated shortly. “We have directed deputy commissioners to compile the extent of land leased to various organisations in their respective districts,” he said, noting that 921 acres were leased to private parties in Bengaluru Urban district.

From the 921 acres, the state government used to receive an annual rent of Rs 6.50 crore per year. Sale of leased land in Bengaluru Urban alone will generate around Rs 2,250 crore at current guidance values, Prasad said. 

The government is also pushing for regularisation of unauthorised buildings on Bangalore Development Authority (BDA) land and auction of corner sites to mobilise resources due to the severe economic difficulties in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic and the state’s reduced share in central taxes.

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January 6,2021

Bengaluru, Jan 6: Karnataka Governor Vajubhai Vala on Tuesday gave assent to the Karnataka Prevention of Slaughter and Preservation of Cattle Bill-2020 that was passed in the state assembly on December 9, 2020.

The state government in its order said that the ordinance is aimed to provide comprehensive legislation for the prevention of slaughter and preservation of cattle in the State.

The anti-cow slaughter bill was passed in the Karnataka Assembly last month amid uproar and walkout by the opposition parties, Congress and the JD(S).

Under this law, three and seven years jail and (or) a fine up to Rs 5 lakh will be imposed. Subsequent offences can invite fines up to Rs 10 lakh and a jail term of up to seven years, the order said.

Explaining the provisions of the bill, Karnataka Minister JC Madhuswamy had said: "The slaughter of cows and calves are not allowed while the slaughter of buffaloes above 13 years is allowed. Illegal selling, transportation or culling of cows has been made punishable. If a cow has contracted a disease, which can spread to other cattle, then it can be culled or slaughtered."

Meanwhile, the opposition parties have alleged that the bill, which is now a law, was not discussed for tabling in the Business Advisory Committee meeting.

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January 13,2021

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Hubli, Jan 13: Karnataka Deputy Chief Minister Govind Karajola on Tuesday said the state has so far suffered a loss of more than Rs 60,000 crore due to heavy floods.

The state further suffered losses by not reaching the target in collecting Taxes due to the fracturing of financial activities because of the COVID-19 Pandemic, noted Mr Karajola, who is also the State Minister for Public Works department.

He said as a result, progress in developmental works could not be achieved as expected. However, the financial activities were slowly picking up and works would now be taken up gradually.

Speaking to newspersons in Gadag, Mr. Karajola said that Rs 100 crore will be granted for the development of State Highways in four Assembly Constituencies of Gadag District, while converting a distance of 360 km of District Roads into State Highways.

Mr Karajola said that due to shortage of Engineers, the works on the developmental Projects are not progressing with the anticipated speed. Therefore, Trainee Engineers will be appointed as a stop gap Arrangements to maintain the tempo of the works.

He also said that works were in progress in different parts in the district under the Rs 367.50 crores Project, including building of Roads, Flood control-related works, buildings and dam, apart from 72 km of roads in the district.

In addition, a total of 60.47 km of roads are being laid in different parts at an estimated cost of Rs 183.88 crore secured under the HSDP and CRF schemes, he added.

District In-charge and State Minister for Mines CC Patil and Legislative Council Member, SV Sankanur were present.

Referring to the rumours about Chief Minister BS Yediyurappa's leadership, Mr Karajola said Mr Yediyurappa was doing a great job as Chief Minister and there was no question of him being changed.

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Mangaluru, Jan 15: The Dakshina Kannada district unit of Social Democratic Party of India today organised a massive ‘SP (superintendence of police) office chalo’ in the city demanding the arrest of BJP workers who had allegedly raised ‘pro-Pakistan’ slogans during Gram Panchayat poll victory celebration in front of a polling booth earlier this month. 

The other demands of the protesters included release of the ‘innocent’ Muslim youth who were arrest on sedition charge and suspension of Beltangady police sub inspector Nandakumar over mishandling of the case. The SDPI claims that the BJP workers deliberately raised pro-Pakistan slogans with an intention of putting blame on Muslims. 

Thousands of people, mostly workers of SDPI from across the district took part in the massive protest, said to be the biggest gathering in the coastal city after covid-19 lockdown. 

The protesters that were marching towards SP’s office, however, were stopped by the police half way through near Clock Tower in the city. The angry protesters continued to raise slogans against BJP and Belthangady police until Mangaluru City Police Commissioner Shashi Kumar visited the spot. 

Mr Kumar thanked the SDPI workers for being peaceful throughout the protest and accepted memorandum from them and promised to hand it over to Inspector General of Police - Western Range, who is currently not in city.

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