Karnataka Current Affairs – KAS / KPSC Exams – 18th May 2017

Report on promotions for SC/ST communities accepted


  • The State Cabinet on 17th May accepted a government committee report on a case related to the Supreme Court quashing of reservation for SC and ST community members in promotion in government service.
  • The committee, headed by an Additional Chief Secretary, was asked to compile data on the extent of backwardness among SC/ST communities and the inadequacy of their representation in various departments.
  • The report will be used to strengthen the argument in the Supreme Court defending the reservation,
  • The government has filed a review petition in the apex court against the order striking down the promotions awarded for employees from SC/ST communities since 1978.

Revised DRIP cost

  • The Cabinet also approved the revised estimated cost of Rs. 581 crore for the World Bank-aided Dam Rehabilitation and Improvement Project (DRIP). The earlier estimate was Rs. 276 crore.
  • Under the project, repair and rehabilitation work to improve dam safety is being undertaken.
  • The dams that will be strengthened are KRS, Narayanapura, Almatti, Hidkal, Malaprabha, Karanja, Amarja, Lower Mullamari, Bhadra, Tungabhadra, Hemavathy, Hagaribommanahalli, Upper Mullamari, Lower Mullamari, Hattikuni, Vanivilas Sagar, Harangi and Kabini.

Houses built on 30×40 sq.ft sites in urban areas to be regularised

Karnataka State Cabinet

  • The State Cabinet on 17th May approved regularisation of houses built on 30×40 sq.ft sites in urban areas.
  • This is applicable to sites located within 18 km of Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) limits and within 10 km of the Belagavi, Kalaburagi, Hubballi-Dharwad, Mangaluru, and Mysuru city corporation limits.
  • It is also applicable to dwellings within a radius of 5 km, 10 km and 3 km of all city municipalities, town municipal councils and town panchayats, respectively.
  • Physically-challenged, people from Scheduled Caste and Scheduled Tribe communities, and ex-servicemen were eligible to regularise their sites by paying a penalty of Rs. 5,000.
  • Those from General category will need to pay Rs. 10,000 for 30×40 sites
  • The State legislature had passed the Karnataka Revenue (Second Amendment) Bill, 2017 to amend section 94CC of the Karnataka Land Revenue Act, 1964 for regularisation of houses built on 30×40 feet sites.
  • Meanwhile, the authorities have decided to outsource construction of four lakh houses to a private agency this year.
  • This is owing to staff shortage in the Housing Department. The agency will be hired for the next three years
  • The Cabinet also approved new cadre and recruitment rules for high school teachers till 2020 on merit-cum-reservation basis.
  • Teachers will be recruited directly on the basis of marks. There will be no written test or interview.
  • Tenders amounting Rs. 138.69 crore were approved for developing a new campus of the University of Agricultural Sciences, Shivamogga. The 600-acre campus will be developed in two years

Midday meal a help to 10,935 children during vacations

MID Day Meal Karnataka NammaKPSC

  • The midday meal provided by the State government in government and aided schools during summer vacation as per Supreme Court orders has proved useful for children in drought-affected taluks of the district.
  • It has played a crucial role in avoiding migration of children and their families in search of a livelihood.
  • The State government issued a circular on March 7 instructing all the authorities concerned to provide midday meal to children during summer vacation from April 11 to May 28 in order to ensure nutritious food to them.
  • The Education Department had made all necessary preparations from the beginning by deputing necessary staff and had made arrangements for payment of their wages.
  • Since April 11, midday meal is being provided at 1,894 government and aided schools with the help of 1,774 teachers and 2,113 cooking staff in all six taluks of the district.
  • A total of 10,935 children are getting the benefit of the scheme in the district, including 2,163 children in Chitradurga taluk, 3,294 in Challakere taluk, 1,266 in Hiriyur taluk, 740 in Holalkere taluk, 871 children in Hosadurga taluk, and 2,601 children in Molkalmuru taluk.
  •  A majority of parents in Molkalmuru and other taluks used to leave their children with their grandparents and migrate to other places in search of a livelihood and the children used to suffer owing to improper food.
  • The midday meal at more than 206 centres across the district has helped them to spend most of their time in school.
  • In all the 206 centres, including 43 centres in Chitradurga, 62 in Challakere, 26 in Hiriyur, 16 in Holalkere, 18 in Hosadurga, and 41 centres in Molkalmuru taluks, the teachers has indulged students in different activities like paper-cutting, drawing, solving simple mathematics sums, and other activities to improve their skills, sources added.

Scarcity of water

  • Since some of the anganwadi centres in Janukonda, Devareddyhalli, Byadreddyhalli and Nannival were facing acute shortage of drinking water, the authorities concerned have taken steps to ensure supply of water to these villages through tankers for cooking midday meal and drinking purposes

35 writers to get Karnataka Bala Vikas Academy awards

Bala Vikas

  • The Karnataka Bala Vikas Academy State-level awards for children’s literature for 2011 to 2015 will be presented to 35 writers including Na D’Souza, Roopa Hassan and others.
  • Chairman of Karnataka Bala Vikas Academy (KBA) Vedavyas Koulagi told presspersons here on Wednesday that due to unavoidable circumstances the awards could not be presented on a yearly basis and the same would be presented by Chief Minister Siddaramaiah in a function to be held on June 3 at KBA auditorium at Lakamanahalli in Dharwad.
  • He said that every year seven persons are chosen by the KBA for their contribution to children’s literature, theatre, painting and art and related fields.
  • All 35 persons who were chosen for the award but did not receive it would be honoured now by the Chief Minister.
  • Minister for Kannada and Culture Umashree, Labour Minister Santosh would participate in the function to be presided over by Minister for Mines and Geology Vinay Kulkarni, he said.
  • Mr. Koulagi said that in addition to these awards the ‘Chinnara Chandira’ book awards will be conferred on writers Metikar Hiriyanna, B.S. Jagapur, Ra Yellangal, Narayan Babanagar, Jayram P., Vaidehi, T. Govindraj, Malali Vasanathkumar, Sunanda Kadame and Sampatur Vishwanath.


  • 2011-12: Eshwar Kammar, Na D’Souza, Chandrakanth Karadalli, Pinjar Abdulsab, Roopa Hassan, Gadag Veereshwar Punyashrama, and C.R. Chandrashekar.
  • 2012-13: Channabasappa Hosmani, Kanchyani Sharanappa, Kavita Krishna, Jagguchandra Kudla, Sharanu Chetti, J.S. Jaydev and Shivanand Kelur.
  • 2013-14: Gangadhar Nandi, Ullasanna, Hanumantharao Pujar, Halkurki Shivashankar, V.C. Airsang, Bairohalli Krishna Trust School and Pandit Munji.
  • 2014-15: M.D. Gogeri, Jayawanth Kadevar, Varada Srinivas, Rajini Garud, Shankarayya Ghanti, Premashrama Charitable trust and Dr Anand Pandurangi.
  • 2015-16: Amruteshwar Tandar, M.M. Sangannavar, Ningu Solagi, Basuma Kodagu, Nagaratna Hadagali, M. Sriramreddy and Deepa Bhat.
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