Will 80% jobs be reserved for Kannadigas in Karnataka?

As per the chief minister, these reservations will be introduced across industries as well as in the A, B, C and D category jobs, as per a bill being introduced for the development of Kannada.

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The Government of Karnataka plans to reserve 80 per cent of jobs for Kannadigas in the State, across industries and A, B, C and D category jobs. A bill to this effect will be introduced for the development of Kannada, as informed by Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai at the 86th Akhila Bharatha Kannada Sahitya Sammelana.

Bommai has called for widespread discussion on the said Bill so that the State government can make a well informed and thought out decision in this regard.

In May, 2022, the State government had announced that 33 per cent of all outsourced jobs in all universities, urban local organisations, autonomous bodies and other government offices would be reserved for women.

Earlier, in November 2021, it was reported that in 75 per cent jobs in Karnataka, preference would be given to Kannadigas. This was applicable in private, government and autonomous jobs across Karnataka state.

At the time, Bommai had said that priority would be given to Kannadigas in skilled as well as semiskilled sectors with the implementation of the industrial policy. During the Rajyotsava celebrations at the time, he had encouraged the use of Kannada language, which he referred to as a unifying factor, and said should be used in primary education as well as administration.

According to Bommai, the Karnataka government will set aside a special budget for the upliftment and development of border schools as well as the gram panchayats.

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