2017: Making Karnataka Better

As we go into the New Year 2017, we seek your inputs on the top 3 things the Government of Karnataka should focus on in 2017.

So, kindly go back to the key issues faced and suggest what is it that the State Government should get done in this year to improve the lives of citizens, improve governance and Make Karnataka prosperous.

If required we will conduct polls and submit the key priority areas to the Government of Karnataka as a collective citizen ask.

We look forward to your inputs! more  

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It should be made mandatory that salaries /wages should not be paild in cash by industries and any other institution coming under 'shop and establishment act'. This should be credited to the employee's bank account and salary slip should be provided to the employee.
If a citizen applies for a service like approval for a building plan or anything similar, the concerned Dept should provide it within a stipulated period ,say 3 weeks. If not it should be deemed that approval is granted and the concerned officer would be responsible. If there is any objection it should be clearly informed to the applicant within 2 weeks.
A citizen should be allowed to register complaints to police electronically .
All merchants occupying footpath should be evicted. It is quite easy. First serve notices. Afterwards photograph the encroachments and file a suit to evict as well as collect rent for the space occupied at market rate with retrospective effect ,say for 5 years.

(More to follow in due course) more  
Each official, beneficiary is aware of 'Red Tapes'-this should be eliminated first more  
a. Develop Bangalores lakes properly whatever is left of it bring it to international standards call for international consultants thru e-tender free them from bureaucracy for implementation only bureaucratic oversight
b. Interconnect west and north karnataka to Bangalore through proper rail network with metre gauges so that max. travel time to the farthest corner is 7-8 hrs. Promote aquaduct based agriculture in arid areas of north Karnatakato promote organic farming instead of only sugar cane
c. Make land laws in Bangalore urban areas simpler its city now you cant stick onto panchayat rules. For e.g. the Storm water drain buffer zone thing in Kerala one of the most environment conscious state in India in kochi there is no such buffer zone the embankment of the SWD are built strong thats it. Similarly the Kharab B and this kind of rules are we going to do agriculture again in the city to maintain Kharab B in private property / allow to reroute in private property the kharab land. Else stop conversion of agricultural land into residential land in the city. Do one of the things. Instaed of making the law so complex
d. Link all subregistar office in karnataka especially in Bangalore through a common server so that same property cant be sold multiple times or properties in restricted zone cant be sold. Coz sub registrar is the govt agency that is legalising the transaction more  
In the past, say a decade ago, borewells were dug by many at a depth of 150 - 200ft. depending on ground water levels in different regions, as the BWSSB water supply was very poor, insufficient n at irregular times, even during late nights. They were dug at huge expenses with no certainty of sufficient water availability with quality. Even if found, at what depth n not sure how long will the water be available. During 2001 BWSSB levied Rs.50/- per month per flat/independent house for bore-digging. Now the BWSSB has made a rule to seek prior permission from them for digging borewells n also already existing ones should be regd. with BWSSB, remitting a fee of Rs.50/-. Then in 2014, the monthly bore-well charges was hiked to Rs.100/-pm. with no prior notice to public, along with the revision of water tariff charges. Eventually since 2015, the bore-well charges raised to Rs.100/- per floor/portion of the independent houses, quitely. On the other hand, because of non-perculation of rain water n construction of multi-storeyed buildings around allowed by BBMP, these old borewells r drying up with scarce water with the result, such building owners r unable to let out for renting upstairs, besides Rs.100/- being charged per floor by BWSSB. Complaining to BWSSB about this is of no avail. Such genuine grievances have to be looked into. more  
Across the State:
1. Ground water conservation through public rain water harvesting and irrigation projects
2. Make efforts to include a few towns in the list of Smart Cities. De-congest Bengaluru by developing alternate urban areas
3. Skill development in the villages
4. Facilitate voter registration to ensure 100% citizen coverage in voter list
5. Make police stations people friendly and involve people volunteers in maintaining law and order
6. Provide concessions to private sector for setting up quality hospitals in rural areas

In Bengaluru:
1. Vastly improve public transport and last-mile connectivity for metro. Associated improvement of parking facilities in and around key public transport drop/pick up points and metro stations
2. Declare the city as 'no plastic' zone
3. Speedy completion of current projects without significant overruns
4. Effective garbage management
5. All BBMP services to be brought under e-governance with service level SLAs and accountability
6. Improve public toilets
7. Remove unauthorized hoardings and cables along electric lines
8. Remove encroachment along pavements and public roads
9. Involve resident welfare associations in government initiatives
10. Make Bangalore safe for women and disadvantaged through creation of rapid response teams
11. Restore lakes and streamline sewage system
12. Relocate polluting industries to the periphery of the city and spread them out across the State so that they don't choke cities and towns from the centre. more  
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