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Replying to Vimalag<149>owda (BJP) during Question Hour, the minister admitted that unclaimed bodies had been sold at the K.R. Hospital, Mysore, and that a Group D employee, Venkatesh, had been placed under suspension and criminal proceedings initiated against him and K.W.D. Ravichander, former lecturer, Bangalore Medical College, who had given permission to sell bodies though he was not authorised to do so. The Principal, Superintendent, and the Forensic Department Head had been issued show-cause notices.
Hospital equipment: The Minister for Health and Family Welfare, Kagodu Thimmappa, replying to K.N. Rajanna (Congress), said a team of experts had been sent to all government hospitals in the State to find out the sophisticated equipment that had remained unutilised.
He said it had come to the notice of the Government that imported equipment was not being used for want of trained technicians. This situation would be corrected, and the Government would buy equipment only if staff to operate it was available.
Nirmithi Kendra: The Minister for Housing, C.R. Sagir Ahmed, told B.G. Patil that he would order an inquiry into allegations of irregularities in the construction of houses under the Ashraya scheme by the Nirmithi Kendra in Bijapur District.
He said that the matter had come to the notice of the Government through the Chief Accounts Officer of the Bijapur Zilla Panchayat, and the President of the Muddebihal Municipal Council.
Mr. Ahmed said that out of 300 houses constructed on Talikot Road, the foundations for 20 houses were not of good quality. This was brought to the notice of the Nirmithi Kendra, and it demolished the structures and rebuilt them.
Libraries: The Minister of State for Adult Education, Libraries, Printing, and Stationery, Babu Rao Chavan, told M.D. Ramesh Raju (nominated) that the Government had set up library monitoring committees in all districts to ensure the proper functioning of libraries. The department had opened 1,020 libraries in the past three years, he said.
Teachers' transfers: The Minister of State for Primary and Secondary Education, B.K. Chandrashekar, assured Hanumanthappa Alkod (JD-S) that the Government would reconsider the decision not to transfer teachers appointed in one district to another. Replying to Mr. Hanumanthappa's question, the minister said that after the Chief Secretary and the Additional Chief Secretary had visited Raichur, a decision was taken not to transfer teachers from the district.
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