Karnataka cabinet approves cloud seeding programme

Vastavam web: The Karnataka cabinet Monday approved a cloud seeding programme, to be implemented in June, following reports that there would be deficit rainfall in the state. Rural Development Minister Krishna Byre Gowda told reporters here that his department has called a tender for two years for cloud seeding at a cost of Rs 88 crore.

The cabinet approved the proposal for Rs 93 crore, as the bidder quoted Rs 91 crore, he said, adding the amount also includes Rs two crore lump sum grant for the department. Gowda had recently said cloud-seeding would be taken up by the end of June.

The move comes as at least 25 officers with 20 years service will lose their jobs when a High Court order on the matter is implemented. Gowda said the cabinet decided to seek a detailed project report from RITES to set up a “no-frills” airport at Hassan by the state government, which would set up a Joint Venture company with Airports Authority of India for the purpose

The cabinet decided to include NOTA in nagar sabha (Corporation) elections, a provision which was not there till now, Gowda said. It also decided to issue an ordinance to implement a long standing demand to create a separate university for Raichur district, currently under the ambit of Kalburgi University, Gowda said.