Govt for quota in works for SC/STs

Govt for quota in works for SC/STs

The state Cabinet on Wednesday decided to reserve a certain percentage of work for the Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes (SC/STs) in the tendering process of the various government departments.

Briefing reporters after the Cabinet meeting, Law Minister T B Jayachandra said a suitable amendment to the Karnataka Transparency in Public Procurement Act, 1999, would be brought in to provide reservation to the SC/STs in tenders below Rs 50 lakh.

He said as much as 17.15% of the tenders would be reserved for the SCs and 6.95% for the STs. The percentage figures were arrived at based on the population of the two communities.

Jayachandra said the government would come out with a list of the departments that would provide reservation for the SC/STs in the tendering process.

The minister said these works would be directly allotted to the SC/STs and they would not have to go through the tendering process. The only clause is that the work should not exceed Rs 50 lakh.

Drought tour

Four Cabinet sub-committees constituted to study the drought situation in each of the revenue divisions will tour the state from April 21 and submit reports by April 30. The minister said the government had decided to release Rs 100 crore to the deputy commissioners to ensure proper supply of drinking water in drought-hit villages.

Secretariat files

The Cabinet, which reviewed the disposal of files in the state Secretariat, found that 58.9% of the 3.36 lakh files had been cleared between April 2015 and February 2016.

Notices would be issued to officers concerned in the departments which have a low file-disposal rate, Jayachandra said.

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