CM promises ministerial berths for women

Chief Minister Siddaramaiah on Thursday promised to hold talks with the Congress high command on giving opportunity to women members during the next expansion of the Cabinet, as they are poorly represented in his council of ministers. 

In an interaction with the students of Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan, he said that he could not ensure social justice in this aspect. 

“There are many constraints. There are only 34 berths available in the council of ministers. However, I will make all efforts to provide proper representation to women,” he stated.

Women and Child Development Minister Umashree is the lone woman minister in the 30-member Cabinet headed by Siddaramaiah. He, however, did not say when the ministry will be expanded.During the interaction, organised on the sidelines of the inauguration of Dr K M Munshi Institute for Good Governance, the chief minister took only a few questions. 

On his experience of wearing a suit during his recent China tour, Siddaramaiah said he chose to wear suit as he was attending an international conference. 

“I started wearing dhoti and jubba from 1995 on doctor’s advice. The attire was prescribed for my dry skin problem. Till then, I too used to wear pant and shirt,” he explained.

He also said his government has been taking steps to improve quality of higher education and promote entrepreneurship among youth.

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