Acid victim to get govt job on compassionate grounds, flat: CM – Vartha Bharati

Bengaluru: Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai assured a victim of acid who met him near his official residence on Tuesday seeking his help, that she will be given government employment.
Addressing reporters here, Bommai said that the chief secretary has been instructed to ensure that the acid victim was given government employment on compassionate grounds.
The chief minister further said that the monthly pay for acid victims has been hiked to Rs 10,000, said sources.
“The lady who met me on Tuesday morning has requested for a house also. I will soon address the matter with the Housing Minister and see that one of the 40,000 apartments under construction for the economically backward families is given to her,” he added.
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Mangaluru: The national highway authority of India on Thursday issued a circular revising the rates of tollgate at Hejamady due to the merger of the Surathkal tollgate with the Hejamady tollgate.
“Based on the continuous request/demand by the Government of Karnataka, local public/VIP references, the Competent Authority has accorded Approval for the merger of Surathkal Toll plaza @ Km. 358.042 (near NITK, Campus on NH-66) of New Mangalore Port Road Connectivity with adjacent Hejamadi Toll Plaza @ Km. 347.180 of NH-66 falling under the BOT(Toll) project of Concessionaire, M/s Navayuga Udupi Tollway Pvt. Ltd. Accordingly, the user fee (toll) for Surathkal toll plaza will now be charged at Hejamadi Toll plaza by adding toll fee for both the stretches and present user fee rates.” The circular added.
The NHAI also stated there might be chances of a law and order situation at the Hejamady tollgate and urged the authorities to ensure that no untoward incident takes place.
In view of the above facts, it is requested to provide necessary District Administration assistance/support including Police Protection. Please ensure that there will not be any law & order issues at Hejamadi Toll Plaza” the circular further read.
A car was being charged Rs. 60 for a one-way pass at the Surathkal toll gate and it was being charged Rs. 40 at the Hejamady toll gate. After the latest circular, a collective Rs. 100 will be charged for a car at the Hejamady toll gate for a single trip. Similarly, buses and trucks (two axles) were being charged Rs. 210 at the Surathkal toll gate and Rs. 145 at the Hejamady toll gate which is now revised to Rs. 355.
Heavy construction machinery, Earth Moving Equipment, and MultiAxle vehicles were being charged Rs. 325 at the Surathkal toll while being charged Rs. 225 at the Hejamady toll, with the issuance of the circular it is now revised to Rs. 550 at the Hejamady toll gate.
Light commercial and light goods vehicles were being charged Rs. 100 at the Surathkal toll and Rs. 70 at the Hejamady toll which has now been revised to Rs. 170 at the Hejamady toll gate.
The Special Court trying the cases against MPs/MLAs has ordered that a criminal case be registered against Health Minister Dr K Sudhakar, following the case filed by R Anjaneya Reddy, president of the Permanent Irrigation Agitation Committee.
Senior BJP leader B L Santhosh and three others were named as accused by the Special Investigation Team (SIT) in the case of alleged conspiracy to poach four TRS MLAs, officials said on Thursday
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