‘Aim should be to pass on long-term gains to the youth’

Union Minister for Labour and Employment Mallikarjun Kharge on Saturday urged the State government to start framing the necessary rules to reap the maximum benefits from the amendment to Article 371 of the Constitution granting special status to the Hyderabad Karnataka region, comprising six districts.

Speaking to mediapersons at the airport here, Mr. Kharge said that the State government should draw up a detailed plan of action to ensure that the long-term benefits reached everyone.

“We are lucky to have an improvised amendment to Article 371 after studying the pros and cons of the benefits already extended to Telangana in Andhra Pradesh and the Vidarbha and Marathwada regions in Maharashtra, with an emphasis on providing reservation in employment, education and overall development of the backward Hyderabad Karnataka region. Let the State government take its own time, consult legal luminaries, including eminent judges and former Secretaries of the departments of Planning and Law, before framing the rules. I only hope that care will be taken to ensure that whatever has been done will bring long-term gains to our youth,” he said.


To a question, Mr. Kharge said that a government with determination and political will could do wonders. “It also depends on the State government’s interest in reaping the benefits and passing it on to the people. A task force should be constituted to look into the matter and prepare the draft rules and regulations,” he reiterated.

Mr. Kharge thanked Sonia Gandhi, chairperson of the United Progressive Alliance (UPA) government, for evincing interest in getting the amendment Bill passed in Parliament.

“Fortunately, the passage of the Bill was a smooth affair. Now, it is up to the State government to take advantage of the special status,” Mr. Kharge said.

  • ‘Emphasis has been laid for reservation in education and employment’

  • Need to constitute a task force to prepare draft rules stressed