Siddaramaiah addresses JSS toppers selected for civil services

The government is contemplating opening coaching centres across Karnataka to help students prepare for various competitive examinations, according to Chief Minister Siddaramaiah.

He was speaking after felicitating toppers from the Jagadguru Sri Shivarathreeswara Training Institute for Competitive Examinations (JSSTICE) selected for civil services, here on Monday. Of the 11 toppers, six were present.

Mr. Siddaramaiah said that with more centres, the number of students from the State clearing the All-India service examinations may increase. He recalled that JSSTICE was set up in 1990 for this exact purpose. He lauded the foresight of Shivarathri Deshikendra Swami in setting up the institute, which is now one of the leading training institutes for civil service and other competitive examinations.

He called upon the toppers to serve the people, connect with them and solve their problems. “If you solve their problems at your level, the number of people coming to politicians seeking help will come down. After I became Chief Minister, I have met hundreds of people who sought help for small issues. If officials (KAS and IAS officers) discharge their duties with integrity, society will benefit and the government will get a good name,” he said.

Shivarathri Deshikendra Swami urged toppers to become good administrators. “These officials will be different from others, as they were trained at JSSTICE,” he said.

He said that the Suttur Math will be assisting the government in its efforts to rescue people from the State who are still stranded in Uttarakhand following the devastating floods last week. He also lauded the government’s decision to strictly check the sale of spurious liquor and not issue any new liquor licences. He said the math would soon launch an alcohol de-addiction programme.

The six toppers who were felicitated were Snehal Rayamane (rank 77), Sandeep G. Rajappa (412), Shilpa Nag C.T. (434), K.P. Pradeep (725), J. Lohitheshwar (783) and Manjunath Kanamadi (900).

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