Now, chiefs of boards want their tenure extended

Now, chiefs of boards want their tenure extended

The Congress, plagued by infighting owing to several factors including Cabinet expansion, is now faced with another challenge.

Chairpersons of boards and corporations are now lobbying for an extension of their tenure, and are building pressure on the state and central leaders in this regard.

Recently, around 10 to 15 chairpersons, led by Karnataka Forest Development Corporation chairperson Naray­ana­swamy Chalavadi met KPCC president G Parameshwara and Chief Minister Siddaramaiah, and pressed for an extension of their tenure. A few women chairpersons including Vasanthi Shivanna, B C Geetha, Mallajamma and Rani Sathish too have met AICC chief Sonia Gandhi in this regard. The term of these chairpersons will come to an end on May 25. The party had made these political appointments only in November 2014, almost two years after it came to power in Karnataka. The agreement was that these members will serve for 18 months, while new members will be appointed for the next 18 months.

However, the incumbent chairpersons rue that they have not been able to do justice to their work, as the government had failed to appoint members to the boards and corporations, until recently. They functioned with no facilities and in some instances, sans office spaces. If the state leaders do not heed to their demands, the members have decided to approach the high command.

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