Bangalore: The Karnataka cabinet on Tuesday
decided to repeal the ordinance amending the Panchayat Raj
Act, saying it has hurt the reservation quota of Other
Briefing reporters, Higher Education Minister V S Acharya
and Law and Parliamentary Affairs Minister S Suresh Kumar said
another ordinance would be issued to repeal the one
promulgated on October 10.
As a result of the October 10 ordinance, seats reserved
for OBCs had come down.
Giving details of other cabinet decisions, Acharya said
the "Vishwa Kannada Sammelana" (World Kannada Conference)
would be held in the border town of Belgaum for three days
from February 25 next year. The estimated cost for holding
this is Rs 30 crores.
A new agriculture university would come up in Shimoga
with districts of Shimoga, Hassan, Chitradurga, Davanagere,
Chikmagalur, Dakshina Kannada and Udupi coming under its
It would offer courses in agriculture and horticulture
besides the opportunity for research and extension.
Acharya said the Karnataka Housing Board would hand over
40 per cent of the developed land to its owners on the lines
of one existing in urban development authorities.
The Cabinet also gave the nod for revised estimate of the
second phase of Metro rail project for Bangalore. The cost has
gone up from an estimated Rs 5,453 crores in 2005-06 to Rs
6,395 crores now. It covers 51 km.