Heeding Oppn criticism, govt withdraws trusts bill

Heeding Oppn criticism, govt withdraws trusts bill

They will be reintroduced with some changes, says Acharya

The bill, that sought to bring all non-religious, social and educational trusts under its purview was passed by both the Houses of legislature during the previous session.

Higher Education Minister V S Acharya said the government would reintroduce the bill after incorporating some changes.

The bill envisaged submission of accounts once a year by educational and hospital managements, and a Trust Commissioner to control them. The Congress had been arguing that such controls on those who were into philanthropic work, such as starting colleges and hospitals, was a violation of the Indian Trusts Act, 1882, he said.

Road humps to go

Public Works Minister C M Udasi informed the Council that road humps on State highways that did not meet Indian Road Congress (IRC) standards would be removed within six months.

Replying to a question raised by Manohar Maski (BJP), Udasi said his department has already started identifying such road humps and would be submitting a progress report within three months.

Maski said unscientific and badly constructed road humps were responsible for fatal accidents. Council Chairman D H Shankaramurthy said officers should be made accountable for allowing badly constructed road humps.

He even suggested that a senior officer be kept under suspension to send across the message in the department that dereliction of duty would not be tolerated.

VTU Act

The Council also gave its nod for amending certain sections of Visvesvaraya Technological University VTU Act 1994, to initiate disciplinary proceedings against the VCs and faculty who are accused of violation of rules.

The amendment seeks to invoke penalty provisions under Karnataka State Universities Act 2000 against the VCs and faculty of VTU.

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