The High Court has stayed a government order (GO) issued on July 15 removing the nominated members of the BBMP. Justice Ravi Malimath passed the order on a petition challenging the GO by Ramakrishna Reddy, Vishwanath Gowda and other corporators who were nominated to the BBMP by the previous BJP government. Through the order, their services came to be relieved or withdrawn. The petitioners claimed the newly-elected Congress government has terminated their nomination without any prior notice and the same is arbitrary, illegal, though they have not completed their term. They also sought to set aside the GO by directing the government to reinstate them as the nominated corporators. Exercising powers under section 8(1) (ii) of the Karnataka Municipal Corporation Act, the State Government, on May 14, 2013, had instructed the BBMP Commissioner to collect resignation letters from the nominated corporators. The commissioner had sent a circular to the corporators to submit their resignations to the Council office. But no one had tendered resignation. Following this, the government had issued an order removing the nominated corporators.
‘Solve Ration Distributors’ Woes’
BANGALORE: Karnataka State Government Ration distributors Association (KSGRDA) members have complained that Food and Civil Supplies Department officials are harassing them. Speaking to reporters on Monday, the Association President S Rudrappa demanded that a meeting should be held, at least once in a month, to hear their problems. The department officials and local elected representatives should take part in the meeting, he sought. He also demanded the government to transfer official who are working in the same place for many years. He also demanded each distributor should be given at least 500 ration card holders. “As the number of ration card holders has come down, we are not able to earn decent earnings,” he revealed.