Preserving revenue records gets nod

Briefing reporters about the Cabinet decisions, Law and Parliamentary Minister S Suersh Kumar said the Cabinet approved the Revenue department's proposal to scan, index, catalog and data entry all revenue records at a cost of Rs 32 crore. The High Court had issued a direction in this regard to the government in 2003, he added.

The Revenue department will take up the preservation work at 90 of its offices in the first phase. They include offices of the Regional Commissioner, Deputy Commissioner, Assistant Commissioner and Tahasildar located at district headquarters.

It is estimated that each of these offices will have an average 50,000 files. All offices of the department will be covered in the second phase, he said.
The Cabinet decided to declare nine more taluks in various parts of the State as drought-hit.

Drought-hit taluks

They are: Bagepalli, Ramdurga, Dharwad, Belur, Shirahatti, Badami, Hungund and Shiggaon.

With this, the number of drought-affected taluks has gone up to 99 in the State.

Housing projects

The Cabinet approved the Karnataka Housing Board's (KHB) proposals to implement two housing schemes on the outskirts of Belgaum and Gulbarga cities.

The KHB will purchase 750 acres of land at a cost of Rs 10.80 lakh per acre at K K Koppa, (Khamakaratti and Kondaskoppa villages) in Belgaum and develop 6,500 sites and construct 500 houses. The total project cost is estimated to be Rs 918 crore.

In Gulbarga, the KHB will purchase 287 acres at Kusnoor village at Rs 13 lakh per acre and develop 3,000 sites and 500 houses. The total cost is estimated to be Rs 762 crore.

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