Chief Minister Siddaramaiah on Friday said the State government had taken “strict measures and hard decisions” to maintain transparency in recruitments.
Reading from a 20-page printed Kannada text at the Independence Day celebrations here, the Chief Minister said those who are trying to give a “humanitarian face” to cover up irregularities in recruitment should be shunned. “Even when investigations have indicated some irregularities in recruitments, and decisions are taken on such findings, some vested interests are trying to stoke emotional feelings, which is against pubic interest. This needs to be understood by the public,” he said.
He said the government had initiated action to fill up 11,778 posts in primary, high school, and pre-university colleges. A total of 9,511 teachers in primary schools, 1,137 in high schools and 1,130 in PU colleges would be filled.
The Central government had approved to upgrade 66 primary schools to high schools in the current year. A tele-education programme is being implemented in over 1,000 rural schools in co-ordination with the Indian Institute of Management-Bangalore, and its allied technological institutions.
Noting the government’s commitment to provide education to all, Mr. Siddaramaiah said of the 1.68 lakh children who had dropped out of schools, 99,000 had been brought back to classrooms.
Mr. Siddaramaiah said the government intended to open generic drug stores in all district and taluk headquarters to provide medicines to patients at a low cost.
Ayush Pushti nutritious biscuits are being provided to children in anganwadis on a pilot basis in Bagalkot and Bijapur districts to tackle malnutrition.
This will soon be extended to one taluk each in 10 backward districts.
He added that the government would soon review the present renewable energy policy and bring out a new mining policy soon.
KPCC chief’s views
Karnataka Pradesh Congress Committee president G. Parameshwara on Friday said Janata Dal (Secular) leaders of Shimoga district have extended support to Congress candidate and former MLC H.S. Shantaveerappa Gowda.
Speaking to presspersons after unfurling the national flag at the party office here, Dr. Parameshwara expressed confidence that the party would win all three seats that go to the bypolls on August 21.