Karnataka to introduce adoption scheme for hostels

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Mysore, Oct 21 (UNI) The Karnataka Government in an effort to provide better facilities to the students, has decided to allow adoption of Government-run hostels in the State by individuals or NGOs, Minister for Social Welfare D Sudhakar said today.

Talking to mediapersons here, the Minister said the Government order to this effect would be issued within a week.

Under the scheme, the Government would provide necessary funds and the adoption would be for the maintenance of the hostels, including providing quality food, extra tution to the students besides providing necessary infrastructure.

Mr Sudhakar said the Government would award special prizes to those hostels which achieve 100 per cent pass result. The department also planned to increase the seats in Hostels in urban areas since there is demand. It was proposed to almost double the seats from the present 4847 in 350 hostels in the State.

Referring to the present contract basis for the maintenance of the hostels in the state, Mr Sudhakar said the department has already cancelled the system in six districts and the same would be extended to other districts from the next academic year.

He said there were 7000 posts lying vacant in the department and concerned district officials were asked to outsource about 3000 posts in respective districts.

Regretting that the department has not been receiving the two per cent tax collection to help beggars in the State from the local bodies properly. Now the department had been making efforts to collect balance amounts, which runs for crores from the respective urban bodies.

Earlier the Minister inaugurated a four-day Satellite based training programme for the group C and D Employees of the department, including wardens at Nazir Sab rural development Institute here.

About 14000 staff members would be provided with training in 175 centres in two phases, he added.

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