Karnataka govt to withdraw cases against 33 Hindutva, Kannada activists | Bengaluru News


BENGALURU: The cabinet on Monday reportedly decided to withdraw criminal cases against 33 pro-Hindutva and pro-Kannada activists. The decision was taken based on recommendations of a cabinet sub-committee.
There are also reports that some farmers and students, including members of Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP) who had barged into home minister Araga Jnanendra’s official residence in Bengaluru demanding a ban on the Popular Front of India (PFI) and its affiliates, are in the list.
Earlier, the cabinet resolved to regularise the services of pourakarmikas in a phased manner and gave its sanction to absorb 11,133 of them as government employees. The payscale will be in the range of Rs 17,000 to Rs 28,980.
Water resources minister Govind Karjol and UDD minister Byrathi Basavaraju told media that the cabinet had given approval for the absorption. “There was demand for their regularisation and in the first phase, 11,133 of them will be considered. The remaining 15,000 pourakarmikas will be considered in subsequent phases based on the financial resources available to the government,” said Karjol.
Of the 11,133 pourakarmikas, 3,673 are employed on a contract basis in Bengaluru, 5,333 of them in other city municipal councils (CMC), town municipal councils (TMC), and town panchayats, and 1,927 in other 10 city corporations outside Bengaluru.
The cabinet is said to have given its consent to provide free power to below poverty line (BPL) families belonging to Scheduled Caste (SC) and Scheduled Tribe (ST) up to 75 units for domestic purposes. It also cleared the decks for teachers’ transfer on mutual consent and a merger of SSLC and PU boards.





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