Karnataka Cabinet Clears Panchayat Raj Amendments Bill

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Bengaluru: The Karnataka Cabinet today cleared the Panchayat Raj Amendment Bill and it will be tabled in the coming session of the legislature.

The bill has more than 110 amendments including fixing the tenure of the President to five years, and the 73rd amendment of the Constitution is the base for all the recommendations made, Law and Parliamentary Affairs Minister TB Jayachandra told.

A committee had been formed under the Chairmanship of Ramesh Kumar after deliberations that he had suggested many amendments to the Panchayat Raj Act. The state legislature will meet from November 16 to 27 in Bengaluru.

The Cabinet has also decided to set up an art museum in the 468-acre Tataguni Estate, where the legendary Russian artist Svetoslav Roerich and his actress wife Devika Rani lived. “The project is estimated to cost about Rs. 25 crore, we have approved it,” Mr Jayachandra said.

He also said the Cabinet had authorized Chief Minister Siddaramaiah to take the next steps in the wake of the resignation of Advocate General Ravivarma Kumar.

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