Fund to kindle officials' brain

Fund to kindle officials' brain

Cabinet approves Rs 10-crore corpus fund

An empowered committee headed by the Chief Secretary will also be formed to examine innovative proposals put forth by the officers.

Exemption under the Karnataka Transparency Act has also been given to such proposals, Urban Development Minister S Suresh Kumar told reporters after the Cabinet meeting.

Besides, the Cabinet approved starting science and commerce courses in 437 Government arts colleges in the State. As many as 2,018 teachers will be recruited and 1,311 laboratories will be opened for this purpose at the cost of Rs 185 crore, the Minister said.

The Cabinet also decided to withdraw as many as 22 police cases filed against farmers in various parts of the State. These include 16 cases booked against sugar cane growers in Bijapur, Mandya, Bidar, Tumkur, Shimoga and Chitradurga districts.

The Cabinet has approved withdrawing a case filed against BJP MLA and State Spokesperson C T Ravi and other party workers for violating the model code of conduct during 2009 parliamentary elections in Chikmagalur.

The Cabinet also accorded administrative approval to take up drinking water and underground drainage projects in five towns: UGD in K R Nagar (Rs 13.70 cr), drinking water in Arakalgud (Rs 10.42 cr), UGD in Kumta (Rs 35 cr), UGD in Bylahongala (Rs 57 cr) and UGD in T Narasipura (Rs 10.52 cr).