Fulfill policemen's demands, says Janardhana Poojary

'If they start protest, no one can safeguard the state'

Senior Congress leader B Janardhana Poojary said the facilities offered to the police in the state are poor.

He was speaking to media in the wake of Akhila Karnataka Police Maha Sangha giving a call for a protest on June 4.

“The demands of the police personnel should be met immediately. If they start their protest, then no one can safeguard the state,” he warned.

Salary 
“A constable, who has 10 years of experience, is paid a salary of Rs 18,000 per month. In the neighbouring Telangana and Andhra Pradesh, a police staff a constable gets Rs 35,000 a month. The protest by the police personnel is not good for the state.”

Poojary also appealed to the governor not to give consent for the appointment of Sham Bhatt as Karnataka Public Sevice Commission chairman.

“The State government has recommended Shyam Bhatt’s name to the post. “But there are several allegations against Bhatt,” Poojary claimed. 

‘Withdraw’
“The move to nominate Sham Bhatt for KPSC should be withdrawn. The chief minister should not embarrass the high command by recommending of a ‘tainted’ civil servant to KPSC,” he said. 

He also saw a conspiracy to deny water to the people of Dakshina Kannada through the implementation of the Yettinahole project. The state government should stop the project immediately, he demanded.

Vented dams
“Construction of a retaining wall-like structure will prevent flow of water to the district. If vented dams or dams are built, then some water can flow. Are you planning to convert Dakshina Kannada into a barren land?” he wanted to know from the government.

“A judge among the panel which was hearing a petition against Yettinahole project in the National Green Tribunal. Hence, the petition will have to be heard afresh,” Janardhana Poojary added. 

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