The death of two labourers on Monday has brought the unabated illegal sand mining in the district into focus.

Kolar has a lead over Chikkaballapur in implementation of the ambitious Mahatma Gandhi Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme. Out of Rs 250 crore each released to both districts, Rs 150 cr has been spent in Kolar while it is only Rs 60 crore in Chikkaballapur district.

Effective implementation of Right to Education Act is possible only with an integrated child survey that could create a data base with comprehensive details, said legislator K P Bache Gowda.

Members of the Karnataka Rajya Raitha Sangha and Hasiru Sene staged a protest on Monday demanding the curbing of illegal sand mining and nationalisation of mining.

Deputy Commissioner Anwar Pasha who reviewed the Jakkalm-adagu Dam renovation works on Saturday, said that works were going on in full swing and were expected to be completed before April 2010.

Union Law Minister Veerappa Moily said that emphasis should be laid to inter-linking at least two tanks in every gram panchayat under NREGS scheme.

District administration has called a meeting of officers and legislators to chalk out an action plan on redressing drinking water scarcity in the City, on Oct 27.

A special meeting of the ground water experts will be held in 15 days to discuss the steps to be taken to conserve water table in Chikkaballapur and Kolar districts.

K H MuniyappaIt will be followed by a three-day workshop, announced Union Minister K H Muniyappa.

Very few works have been taken up under National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme in the taluk and there is a need to consider it seriously, said Taluk Panchayat executive officer Amaranath.

The loss environment is the main reason for the depletion of groundwater in the district, noted Taluk Panchayat President K R Reddy.

He was speaking after inaugurating