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World Bank report was not circulated among us, says Prakash

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Cabinet to discuss steps to bring down corruption


  • Says report could have been leaked by a journalist
  • Discussions on to get wrestlers from Pakistan for Hampi Utsav
  • `Another crest gate damaged owing to lack of maintenance'

    HAMPI: Deputy Chief Minister M.P. Prakash has denied knowledge about how the World Bank report on corruption, which has put the coalition Government in a tight spot, got leaked.

    Responding to questions by presspersons here on Monday, Mr. Prakash said "it could be the work of an enterprising journalist."

    When sought to know whether the Government had received a copy of the report, he said: "I came to know that the report is with the Government, but it has not been circulated among us."

    Mr. Prakash said that though the report of the World Bank is incomplete, one has to "hang his head in shame" going by the observations made in it. He said the report will be discussed by the Cabinet and steps will be taken to bring down corruption with the help of various agencies, including the Lokayukta and the Corps of Detectives and by conducting departmental inquiries.

    With regard to the opposition from Shiva Sena's Pramod Mutalik to inviting wrestlers from Pakistan for the Hampi Utsav, Mr. Prakash said it has been proposed to invite them to take Hampi Utsav to the international level. "Their participation depends on whether we will be able to arrange funds to get them here. Talks are on with the concerned there and we will invite them if it will not overburden us financially.

    I would also like to make it clear that in case the proposal doesn't materialise, it is mainly because of the cost factor and not because of the threat held out by Mr. Mutalik," he said.

    Mr. Prakash, while noting that he got information about the damage to another crest gate of the Narayanpur dam on Monday, said it occurred mainly owing to the shortage of staff. All the 33 gates of the Tungabhadra dam at Hospet are well maintained by permanent staff.

    He said he will take up the matter with Water Resources Minister M. Mallikarjun Kharge to extend the system in operation at the Tungabhadra dam to all reservoirs in the State. "Besides urging Mr. Kharge to allocate funds, we should also stop the tendency of officials coming with temporary proposals," he said.

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