BANGALORE: The Karnataka Government on Thursday rejected the Justice B K Somashekar Commission report on attack on churches which took place when the BJP was in power in 2008.
Briefing reporters, Law and Parliamentary Affairs Minister TB Jayachandra said the report was rejected as the interim report submitted by the commission was totally contradictory with the recommendations of the final report.
The report had generated a lot of heat with allegations of political bias and was referred to the Law Department for its views. The department recommended its scrapping, Jayachandra said.
Determined to act tough against the perpetrators of the attack on churches, the Cabinet has decided to ask the Home Department to act on the nine recommendations of the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) report.
The recommendations include compensation for victims of the attack, better protection for churches, effective measures to book strong cases against all the miscreants and also action against the police personnel who exceeded their mandate.
Legislators for Consumers’ Council
The Cabinet has approved the nomination of three MLAs and two MLCs for Karnataka State Consumers’ Rights Protection Council to make it more effective.
A novel programme to provide immediate medical aid for road accident victims in the ‘Golden Hour’, which is within 48 hours of the accident, has been approved by the cabinet.
The programme allows the government to provide a financial assistance up to `25,000 for immediate treatment of accident victims without any barriers on caste or income limit of the accident victim.
The programme, to be implemented in association with Suvarna Arogya Suraksha Trust, will have a list of hospitals which are mandated to treat the accident victims without seeking any payment at the time of admission of the accident victims.
The State government has decided to appoint retired IAS officer Srinivasachari as the new State Election Commissioner.