Hyderabad: In a significant decision, the state Cabinet on Friday decided to follow in the footsteps of the Centre and make the Aadhar card (Unique Identity number attached card), a valid proof of a citizen’s identity. This means that it can be a substitute for the Below Poverty Line (BPL) Cards, which are presently used as a proof of identity.
The card is issued by Unique identification Authority of India (UIDAI), chaired by former Infosys CEO, Nandan Nilekani. The Cabinet also decided not to wind up Mysore Minerals Limited(MML), which had earlier run into losses. “The company is now making profits and therefore, the government decided not to shut down the public sector undertaking,” sources in the Cabinet said.
In another major decision, the Cabinet decided to hike the water tariff for the rest of Karnataka except Bengaluru by 50 per cent. Karnataka Urban Water Supply Board supplies water in these places, where the tariff has not been hiked since 1996, the sources said. It was decided to appoint a high-level expert committee to study the possibility of fixing Rs 80 lakh per acre as compensation for farmers whose land is being acquired by BD near Bidadi to form Kempegowda Layout. Deccan Chronicle