Anjaneya takes exception to Ambareesh's remarks

Social Welfare Minister H Anjan­e­ya on Saturday took exception to Housing Minister M H A­m­­b­areesh expressing displea­s­ure on recent nomination of heads to various boards and corporations and stro­n­gly defended Chief Minister Siddaramaiah in this regard.

“It is not proper to comment on the nominations. The list was finalised by the party high command. Moreover, those who have been nominated are also Congressmen and not outsiders,” he told reporters on seeking his reaction to Ambareesh airing his unhappiness.

The Housing Minister had complained that the chief minister did not consult him while finalising names of the party workers from Mandya district for the nominations. He had also stated that he was one of the senior Congress leaders and that he joined the party much before Siddaramaiah. Ambareesh wanted his loyalists to be nominated.

Anjaneya further said: “Even I was not consulted while selecting names of the workers from Chitradurga (his home district). But it does not mean names selected were wrong. There were only 92 posts of chairmen and vice chairmen, while the aspirants were in large numbers. Those who have not been nominated now will get an opportunity after 18 months,” he added.

He said the government has decided give free tuitions to the needy students staying at hostels being run by the department. Those who have BSc or BEd degree will be recruited as wardens to these hostels so that they can take tuitions, he added.

A committee of experts will soon be constituted to recommend to the government on upgrading facilities at the hostels. Preventing outsiders from entering the hostels has become a big problem because of large number of vacancies. The department has been exploring legal options in this regard. ‘No entry’ boards will soon be put up in front of hostels, besides introducing biometric system, he added.

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