Rs 25,000 relief per cattle lost to foot and mouth disease

Rs 25,000 relief per cattle lost  to foot and mouth disease

The State Cabinet on Friday decided to pay a compensation of
Rs 25,000 per head of cattle to farmers who have lost their cattle to foot and mouth disease.

Briefing reporters after the Cabinet meeting, Law Minister T B Jayachandra said detailed guidelines on how to claim the compensation would be framed and notified soon.
The foot and mouth disease had spread in 1,368 villages and had affected 17,487 head of cattle in the State.

As many as 2,322 head of cattle had succumbed to the disease. The spread of the disease was most severe in the districts of Mandya, Kolar, Chikkaballapura and Ramanagara.

In another major decision, the State Cabinet decided to constitute vigilance committees comprising members of local bodies at various levels to monitor Public Distribution System (PDS) and also for implementation of the National Food Security Act.

The committee would be constituted from the gram panchayat level to the district level, Jayachandra said. The committee will mandatorily have one SC or ST, one woman, and one OBC candidate as its members. While gram panchayat president will head the GP vigilance committee the zilla panchayat president will head the district committee.

Dialysis centre

The Cabinet decided to start a dialysis centre in each district, Jayachandra said. He said the government had initially planned to open one dialysis centre in every taluk but then decided to set up one in each district due to shortage of medical staff.

The Cabinet gave its nod to Affordable Housing Policy - 2013 to facilitate affordable houses in urban areas of the State. The policy would help encourage planning and completion of housing projects under the Public-Private-Partnership mode, Jayachandra said.

Jayachandra said the Cabinet decided against giving sanction to Nirani Sugars (owned by former minister Murugesh Nirani) in Mudhol taluk, Bagalkot district for additional reserve zone of nine villages to procure sugarcane.

The Cabinet approved the government holiday list for 2014. In all, there will be 22 holidays (besides Sundays) next year.

Jayachandra said he had suggested that the second Saturday holiday system be done away with in government offices. However, his Cabinet colleagues decided against it.

Solar power

The Cabinet also gave approval for Karnataka Renewable Energy Development Limited (KREDL) to launch a pilot project to use solar power to run pumpsets and develop solar powered LED lamps. The project costs Rs 21.75 crore.

The Cabinet decided to provide Rs 10 crore grant to the Shankar Cancer Hospital and Research Foundation in Basavanagudi in Bangalore. The hospital, in turn, will have to provide free or subsidised treatment to poor patients, Jayachandra said.

The Cabinet also ratified the Karnataka Municipal Corporations (Amendment) Bill, 2013, which provides for penalty on those who do not segregate dry and wet waste and those who litter public places. The bill was passed in the Legislative Assembly on Friday.

The Cabinet gave its nod for construction of multi-storeyed residential quarters for judicial officers at Heighthill in Mangalore at a cost of Rs 8.2 crore.

The Cabinet decided to extend the social security benefit scheme for unorganised sector to cover the entire State. At present, it is available only in a few states, Jayachandra said.

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