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The tribunal has rejected the arguments of Maharashtra and Andhra Pradesh for reduction in storage level in Alamatti Dam: Horatti The tribunal has rejected other States' arguments for reduction in Alamatti storage level: Horatti

ProposalA new transfer policy wherein teachers appointed in one district will continue at the place of posting for a given number of yearsOnly in case of genuine need will requests for transfers be considered

GULBARGA: Law and Parliamentary Affairs Minister Basavaraj Horatti said that the State Government was happy with the interim order of the tribunal looking into the sharing of surplus Krishna waters among the riparian States of Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh, Maharashtra and Goa.

Talking to presspersons here on Saturday, Mr. Horatti said that the State Government was happy that the tribunal allowed the State to store water up to 519 metres in the Alamatti Dam. By doing so, the tribunal had rejected the arguments of Maharashtra and Andhra Pradesh for a reduction in storage level in the Alamatti Dam.

New court complex

To a question, Mr. Horatti said that the work on the new court complex building to house the circuit Bench of the High Court in Dharwad would begin on July 10. Work on the construction of the new court complex building for the circuit Bench in Gulbarga would begin in the third week of July. The Government had already released the required amount and tenders had been invited.

On the problems encountered by government schools, particularly in North Karnataka districts, owing to the practice of teachers from South Karnataka district getting recruited in North Karnataka schools and later getting a transfer to their parent districts, Mr. Horatti said that this year about 5,000 teachers had obtained transfers to their parent districts in South Karnataka from North Karnataka schools.

Only 700 teachers from the South Karnataka district schools had come to schools in North Karnataka on transfer, he said.

He said that the Government was considering a new system of transfer of teachers wherein the teachers appointed in one particular district continued at the place of posting for a particular number of years. Only in cases of genuine need for transfer, would the Government consider a transfer request.

Residential quarters

Referring to the shortage of residential quarters for teachers, particularly in rural areas, Mr. Horatti said that the Government had already decided to construct 5,000 houses in phases in 61 education blocks in the 39 taluks identified by the High Power Committee for Redressal of Regional Imbalances. In the first phase, 1,000 residential quarters would be constructed and the work was expected to begin in November. He said that HUDCO had agreed to provide assistance of Rs. 350 crore for the project and the State Government and HUDCO would sign the agreement shortly.

Mr. Horatti said that this year, 32,000 applications for transfer were received by the Education Department. Of these, 16,000 people were transferred and the entire exercise of transfer was completed on May 31. He declared that there would be no more transfers this year. The Government proposed to introduce a new transfer policy next year, he said.

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