"I have been asked to get details of how many locals have been appointed in various private companies that have been set up under the previous industrial policy in the next 10 days for discussions in the next cabinet meeting," Labour Minister P T Parameshwara Naik told reporters today
"The Cabinet will deliberate upon the steps to be taken for ensuring jobs for locals in private companies, including IT and BT," Naik added.
Asked whether government would take action against companies for not giving private jobs to the locals, he said "Surely".
The Minister said a cabinet meeting had earlier decided to evaluate the performance of private companies, including IT/BT and others on various grounds, including implementation of the Sarojini Mahishi report on jobs reservation for Kannadigas.
Naik said Chief Minister Siddaramaiah is serious about the long-standing demand for reservation for locals in private companies.
The government also plans to bring 1.4 crore BPL families under the ambit of Rashtriya Swasthya Bima Yojana (RSBY), the Minister said.
Under the scheme, the families will get medical help worth Rs 30,000, he added.
Meanwhile, state's Forest Minister B Ramanatha Rai said the state government planned to commercialise medicinal trees - Madhuca and Asoka - found by forest officials after a 125 year gap in the Western Ghats and coastal areas of the state.
"We plan to commercialise medicinal trees - Madhuca and Asoka - which were found by the forest officials after a 125 year gap in Western Ghats and coastal areas of the state," he told reporters.
Rai also said Madhuca is used for curing various skin diseases.