Govt to forgo tuition fees from 10 engg colleges

Govt to forgo tuition fees from 10 engg colleges

Higher Education Minister V S Acharya, who briefed the media after the Cabinet meeting on Thursday, said the colleges were finding it difficult to manage after the AICTE revised the pay scale for the staff.

The colleges had appealed to the government to either increase its share in the salaries of the staff to 100 per cent; or increase the percentage of management quota seats from 5 to 15.

If the two demands were not feasible, the colleges had demanded that the government at least forego the tuition fee it collected from the colleges.

The government gets 50 per cent of the Rs 15,000 tuition fee collected by the colleges per student. This will ease their financial burden to a great extent, said Acharya.

Fisheries scheme
Law and Parliamentary Affairs Minister Suresh Kumar said the government would be implementing a new scheme called Share capital for Fisheries Federation.

Here, loans will be given to the Federation at three per cent interest rate, while the differential amount will be paid by the government. The government has set aside Rs two crore for this.

Kumar said Rs one crore would be disbursed to the Dakshina Kannada and Udupi Cooperative Fisheries Federation; Rs 80 lakh to the Uttara Kannada Cooperative Fisheries Federation; and Rs 20 lakh to the Karnataka Cooperative Fisheries Federation.

While the SC/ST communities will be given 90 per cent financial assistance as opposed to the 50 per cent they used to get previously, the other community fishermen will be given 75 per cent financial assistance as opposed to the previous 30 per cent assistance they used to get.

The government will also implement the ‘Matsyashraya’ housing scheme for the fishermen, for which it has set aside Rs 11.41 crore. The government, which used to spend Rs 40,000 per house, will here onwards spend Rs 60,000 per house.

Other decisions
* Nearest kin of govt employees who are down with stroke, paralysis or any other physical ailment to get jobs on compassionate grounds
* A Cabinet sub-committee, to review power purchase, power management
* Decision to fix a minimum support price for onions to be taken in two to three days

Acharya collapses
Minister V S Acharya, who is suffering from health problems, collapsed just before he began briefing the media. Acharya was walking into the Committee Room in Vidhana Soudha with his colleague S Suresh Kumar and gathered himself after a couple of minutes.

Chief Minister D V Sadananda Gowda, who was on his way out, rushed back to enquire about Acharya’s health. The latter said he was alright and began the briefing. Acharya later told the media that he had stopped taking some medicines and was feeling weak.