Shivamogga: Police personnel attempt to maintain law and order as rioters throw rocks, amid tensions sparked by the killing of a Bajrang Dal member on Sunday night, in Shivamogga, Monday, February 21, 2022. (Photo PTI)

The deadlock in the Karnataka Assembly, stalled over protests over the hijab controversy and the death of a worker from a pro-Hindu group, did not prevent the passage of bills aimed at to increase the salaries and allowances of the chief minister, ministers and lawmakers on Tuesday.

Despite disruptions for the fifth day due to Congress protest demanding the resignation of BJP minister KS Eshwarappa over his remarks on the national flag, the session was cut short, but not before two bills were passed without any discussion.

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The committee formed to propose stimulus and restructuring measures for road transport companies will submit its report to the Karnataka government in March, officials said. Led by former IAS MR Srinivasa Murthy, the committee has received suggestions from over 300 people in the past month.

Speaking to The Indian Express, Murthy said, “We got suggestions from over 300 people and each person has several suggestions. We even received suggestions from the KSRTC Staff and Workers’ Federation. We have started working since the last week of January and the final report will be submitted to the government by March. All suggestions are considered. Our main objective is to make companies more efficient and useful to the public, and then to restructure them, if necessary. How to make transport companies financially viable is also a major element that the committee will be looking at.

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