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K'taka to extend Bhoomi project to hoblis

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Bangalore, Feb 23 (UNI) The Karnataka Government has planned to extend the second phase of the Bhoomi project (distribution of land records) to 'Hobli' level for the benefit of farmers, Revenue Minister Jagadish Shettar informed today.

Talking to reporters here, he said the government also planned to reduce the present fee of Rs 15 for collecting the records from the computerised system to give relief to farmers. The fee was likely to be fixed between Rs five and ten and a proposal to this effect would be submitted to the Chief Minister and the Deputy Chief Minister soon, he added.

Mr Shettar said at present the project had been implemented on a pilot basis in some hoblis (cluster of villages) and it would be extended to all villages depending on the availability of funds.

He also informed that he had asked authorities concerned to submit an interim report within a week on encroachments on government land in and around the city.

He said his ministry would be issuing a circular in the next few days, ordering speedy issuance of caste certificates to students.

On creation of new districts in the state, Mr Shettar said it was not possible at present as the Delimitation Committtee had asked not to make any announcement on formation of new districts.

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