The government has passed orders for filling up 1,858 posts of land surveyors out of the 4,012 posts sanctioned.

Revenue and District in-charge Minister V. Sreenivasa Prasad launched the recruitment drive by symbolically issuing appointment letters to five candidates at the DC office yesterday.

Later speaking to the media, Prasad said 2,220 posts out of the sanctioned 4,012 were vacant. Now an order has been passed for the appointment of 1,704 candidates who were successful in the test and orders on appointing 154 candidates, whose selection had stirred up a controversy, will be issued in a couple of days, he remarked.

The previous government had invited applications for land suveryor posts, from candidates who passed Diploma, ITI or PUC with 60 per cent marks. A test was held as part of recruitment following which the Karnataka Examination Authority published the results. But controversies clouded the test following reports that the question papers were leaked and that several irregularities had taken place. The investigation into the claims of irregularities revealed no lapses, following which it was decided to go ahead with the appointment, he said and announced that 100 of those selected for surveyor post were civil engineering graduates.

Sreenivasa Prasad also declared that the remuneration to licensed land surveyors for preparing pre-registration maps has been hiked from Rs. 300 to Rs. 800.

Pointing out that the Union Government has released Rs. 14 crores under the National Land Records Modernisation scheme, the Minister said the scheme will be first introduced in five districts — Chikballapur, Bangalore Rural, Ramanagar, Tumkur and Belgaum and the State Government has plans to extend the scheme to all other districts in the near future.

DC C. Shikha and ADC Naga Nayak were present.

Courtesy : Star Of Mysore