IG-led SIT to Probe Illegal Mining Case
The State Cabinet on Tuesday approved the setting up of a Special Investigation Team (SIT), headed by a police officer of the rank of Inspector General (IG), to probe the illegal mining and transport of iron ore cases unearthed by the Lokayukta.
The post facto approval for the SIT mandates completion of the investigations within two years.
The Cabinet deferred the decision on the CID report on the irregularities in KAS exams for the third time. Minister for Law and Parliamentary Affairs T B Jayachandra said the issue involves the future of 360 KAS aspirants. Several legal issues are also involved as the KPSC is a constitutional body for selecting the candidates for several top posts “We will have to tread carefully to ensure that no honest and innocent candidate’s interest is harmed.”
It also approved a revised detailed report of `12,912.36 crore for the Yettinahole Project to provide drinking water to drought-hit districts of Tumkur, Kolar, Chikballapur, Ramanagaram and Bangalore Rural in two phases.
The government will divert 24.01 tmcft water from eight streams to supply water to these districts. The first and second phases will cost `3508.80 crore and `9403.56 crore respectively. Tenders for phase one has already been called, Jayachandra said.
The Cabinet also decided to supply computers to gram panchayats under the Gram Swaraj project for which the World Bank will lend `29.5 crore. It also approved granting 283 acres of land on a 30-year lease to the Union Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Gas to set up the Rajiv Gandhi Institute of Petroleum Technology at Sulibele in Hoskote taluk.
The other decisions are modernisation of canals and distribution channels in Cauvery river basin for effectively utilising Karnataka’s share of water in the Cauvery basin with a total expenditure of over `400cr and to provide government guarantee to the Cauvery Neeravari Nigam Limited to raise a loan of Rs 100 crore to take up these works; modernisation works of Ramaswamy canal in Srirangapatna in Mandya district, Rampura canal in Chamarajangar district, Visvesvaraya Canal in Mandya, Taraka left bank canal in Mysore and Kabini right bank canal; Inland Fisheries Policy to encourage farmers to take up inland fisheries and also streamline the system awarding fishing contracts in the Jalasamvardhana project and grant-in-aid to physical training teachers in 99 private PU colleges which have more than 100 students.