No promotions for computer illiterates: Karnataka govt

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Bangalore, Feb 18: In a laudable move, Karnataka Cabinet in order to calibrate state government employees to cope with growing dynamics of computer developments, has asked themselves to learn working computer knowledge to be entitled for future promotions. You read it right. 

To make this decision more evident, Cabinet has set a bench mark test, computer literacy test (CLT), a mandatory test for all the employees from certain categories. Only, when they successfully pass out they can look up for promotions and increments. Otherwise, all the privileges would be held back until they clear this test.

Meanwhile, to encourage the employess to take up this computer test in high-spirits, House has also declared a onetime increment of Rs 5,000 to those who succeed in the test.

The new employees who would be recruited directly into government jobs, must go secure CLT pass within three months of their joining. However, the current employees can take a breath of relief, according to the Cabinet's conclusion, those who are less than 50 years and still working will have to pass the test within next three years, a good some time to learn, isn't it?

State Law Minister Suresh Kumar commenting on the same said "Knowledge of operating computers in Kannada, the state's official language, is a must for all government employees. Prospective employees have to pass an exam in computer literacy within three months of joining service."

However, current employees over 50 years are exempted. Including Group D employees, nursery school teacher, police constables, drivers, nurse, forest guards are exempted from otherwise mandatory scheme.

Kumar sending a clear message to take it serious, warned, "employees who fail the computer skill exam within three years will be denied promotion and those who do not qualify even in the fourth year will be denied the annual increment."

Approximately four lakh government employees across Karnataka are eligible for this mandatory CLT.

Are you one among those who must face CLT? Then put on your thinking caps and start computing your knowledge, else, be stagnant.


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