BENGALURU: The state cabinet on Wednesday rejected a recommendation by the Lokayukta to initiate action against three officers, including one IPS and one KAS, for dereliction of duty but chose to punish one commercial tax inspector.
The Lokyukta had recommended disciplinary action against IPS officer Mr Chandrashekhar for dereliction of duty while serving as DCP (East) in Bengaluru, indicted DDPI Mr. S K Channabasappa for helping a private school encroach upon government land, and senior KIADB official Mr Prabhulinga Kavalikatti, for wrongdoing while acquiring land in Mangaluru.
Law and parliamentary affairs minister Mr. T B Jayachandra, who briefed media persons after a meeting of the cabinet, however, maintained that the DCP was a supervisory officer and was not investigation officer, and the case concerned a family dispute.
Similarly, Mr. Channabasappa was only a DDPI and could not be held responsible for encroachment, while Mr Prabhulinga Kavalikatti could not be held responsible as he did not serve in that post during the complete process of acquisition of land.
In case of Mr. H P Venkatesh, a commercial tax inspector, who was caught red handed while accepting a bribe in Bengaluru, the local court had sentenced him to a year in prison. Besides, Mr A S Satthigeri, an assistant public prosecutor in Bagalkot, was dismissed from service following conviction in a cheque bounce case, he added.
GPs to go paperless:
In an effort to computerize offices of Gram Panchayats across the state over the next five years, rural development and panchayat raj minister H. K. Patil on Wednesday announced that the state government would release Rs 2000 crore with the help of World Bank to implement Karnataka Panchayats Empowerment project.
Mr Patil told the media: “Our aim is to provide laptops and computers which will not only augment functioning of Gram Panchayats but also help turn them into paperless offices in the years to come.” While the state government would contribute Rs 600 crores, the World Bank would release `1400 crores over the next five years.”
In response to a question, Mr Patil asserted that the state government would provide solar power connections to these Gram Panchayats to help overcome frequent power outages in rural areas....