Karnataka Govt To Abolish 1000 Posts

Bangalore, Sept 18: | Updated: Sep 19 2003, 05:30am hrs
The Karnataka government has decided to abolish 1000 posts at divisional level of the state administrative machinery as part of an ongoing exercise to downsize the government staff strength. The decision is in tune with the recommendations made by the state administrative reforms commission. Speaking to journalists after a cabinet meeting, state primary and secondary education minister BK Chandrasekhar said the decision would impact 22 departments and majority of them are of top level ones.

The government has also decided to reorganise several departments including public works, irrigation, forest and minor irrigation by assessing the work-load. However, status quo would be maintained in police and commercial tax department, he added.

The government was also thinking whether to continue the collegiate education department or to abolish it, he noted.

Meanwhile, the minister flayed the Centre's `indifferent attitiude' towards the request made by the state for financial assistance to tackle the drought situation. The state cabinet meeting has expressed displeasure over the "failure" of the Centre in coming to the rescue of Karnataka, despite it being the "lone state in the country to face drought following failure of rains".

The state government hoped that the Centre would consider its request to sanction Rs 1,881 crore cash assistance and 9.90 lakh tonnes of foodgrains, he said.

Rural development minister MY Ghorpade pointed out that though the Central study team, deputed to make an on the spot assessment of the drought situation, visited the state from August 17 to 20 and submitted its report, the high power committee on drought headed by deputy Prime Minister LK Advani was yet to meet.

Chief Minister SM Krishna called on Mr Advani during his visit here on September 10 and presented a copy of the memorandum the state had submitted to the Centre seeking assistance and pleaded for early release of aid.

"It is unfortunate that Mr Advani is yet to set a date for the high power committee meeting which decides on the quantum of assistance to be extended to the state," they said.

The two ministers also said the state government has issued the orders to give effect to the Rs 860 crore special package announced by the government recently to help farmers.