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The move will benefit nearly 15,000 employees who have put in over a decade of service and are awaiting regularisation

Cabinet subcommittee looking into their regularisation

Strength of teaching staff in Mysore Medical College to be increased

Bangalore: The daily wage employees serving in the Government in the C and D categories have been given a Rs. 1,000 increase in wages with retrospective effect from April 1. The move will benefit nearly 15,000 employees who have put in over a decade of service and are awaiting regularisation.

The State Cabinet, which met here Friday, decided on the increase in wages following the large number of representations that have been made over to the Government, in particular Chief Minister B.S. Yeddyurappa. The hike also has a bearing on the announcement made by the Chief Minister in the recent budget wherein he had announced a better deal for daily wage employees.

Briefing presspersons on the Cabinet decisions, Minister for Home V.S. Acharya said a Cabinet subcommittee was also going into the whole gamut of providing permanent employment to daily wage employees. The Karnataka High Court and the Supreme Court had directed the Government to absorb them in Government service subject to certain conditions. “It is a sensitive and humanitarian issue and the Government will do its best under the circumstances,” he said.

Transfers

The Cabinet also decided to peg the transfers and postings of all officials to the minimum in the current year. The Government normally undertakes transfers in June and July with the Chief Minister overseeing the transfer and posting of IAS, IPS and IFS officers. In the police department, directions have been issued to the Superintendents of Police in the districts and the Inspectors-General of Police in the ranges to effect transfers of personnel below the rank of sub-inspectors who have completed five years of service or more in a given police jurisdiction and that those who have put in less than five years in a given place should be retained in the same place.

Tax waiver

Dr. Acharya said the Cabinet had granted a three-year waiver in the collection of entry tax and other related taxes from Toyota Kirloskar Motor, which is going in for a major expansion of its automobile manufacturing plant at Bidadi, near Bangalore. The concession granted to Toyota in revenue terms had been estimated at around Rs. 80 crore a year.

The Cabinet approved the recruitment of an additional 28 teaching staff for the Government-run Mysore Medical College by virtue of which the student intake of the college could be raised to 150 from the present 100. This would result in an additional expenditure of about Rs. 2 crore a year. On completion of the recruitment, the Government would approach the Medical Council of India to increase the intake which, if favourably considered, would be applicable from the next academic year.

Recruitment

Dr. Acharya said the other decisions of the Cabinet included grant of Rs. 5 crores to the Kolar Milk Union for the expansion of its milk and milk powder facility estimated to cost Rs. 65.7 crore; appointment of nearly 4,000 guest lecturers for first grade colleges and 2,500 guest teachers for high schools pending the completion of recruitment by the Karnataka Public Service Commission; a representation to be made to President Pratibha Patil to permit tahsildars to issue caste certificates instead of revenue Assistant Commissioners and grant of Rs. 90 crore for road improvement works in connection with the Panchalinga darshan in Mysore district.

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