Vacant government posts will be filled gradually, says CM

Recruitments have been frozen since 2009

Thousands of vacant posts in various departments of the State government will be filled gradually by relaxing the austerity measures, Chief Minister Siddaramaiah said in the Legislative Assembly on Tuesday.

Replying to a question raised by Bidar South MLA Ashok Kheny, Siddaramaiah said steps were being taken to fill 8,501 posts in Home, 7,794 in Education, 998 in Urban Development, 341 in Law and 107 in Health and Family Welfare departments.

Of the total 7.45 lakh sanctioned posts, 1.89 lakh are vacant, he added.
Earlier, Kheny contended that a large number of posts in various departments in his constituency (Bidar South) were vacant. The government introduces new schemes every year but these are not being implemented properly, given the huge vacancies.
“Because of this, people in my constituency are upset with me. (Fearing their backlash), I have requested the Home minister to provide me police protection,” he added. Fresh recruitments were frozen in 2009 after the government introduced austerity measures in the wake of a sluggish economy.

On the other hand, the government will put on hold removing the alleged encroachments on its land in the Malnad region, including in Uttara Kannada district.
Revenue Minister V Srinivas Prasad said the decision
had been taken in view of opposition by members of all parties.

The issue was raised by the BJP’s Vishveshwara Hegde Kageri who claimed that tahsildars in Uttara Kannada district were issuing notices to people who had built houses on government land.

The notices are being issued under Section 192 (a) of the Karnataka Land Revenue Act. The government should not only put the process on hold but also take steps to repeal the Section 192(a), he demanded.

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