Schoolchildren to get second set of uniforms

State to receive Rs 62 cr from Centre under RTE

The Karnataka Cabinet meeting on Tuesday approved a proposal to provide a second set of uniforms to government school students from this academic year.

The first set of uniforms were distributed earlier this academic year and the second set will be given in a few days, Primary and Secondary Education Minister Vishveshwara Hegde Kageri told reporters after the Cabinet meeting.

The Centre will be giving its share of Rs 62 crore to the State to provide a set of uniforms under the Right to Education Act.

“The State’s share will be Rs 26 crore,” the minister said.

Daily wage increases

The Cabinet also decided to increase the monthly remuneration for daily wage employees in the State government by Rs 1,000 with effect from April 1, 2012.

It applies to daily wage employees who have completed 10 years of service in any of the government departments or the State-owned boards and corporations. About 23,000 daily wage employees benefit from this move, Kageri said.

Awards

The Cabinet approved a proposal to introduce Sarvothama Seva Prashasti to recognise performing employees (excluding KAS officers) in the government.

About six awards will be given away at the district-level and about 38 awards at the State-level in various categories every year. Cash prizes in the range of Rs 20,000 and Rs 40,000 will be given under these awards, he added.

Kageri said the Cabinet also decided to evolve a comprehensive solar energy policy in the State. “Departments of Energy, Infrastructure Development and Commerce and Industries will together  draft the policy, which among others, explores ways to tap solar energy from various sources,” he added.

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