Thursday, September 6, 2012

Hyderabad-Karnataka region gets spl status

The Union Cabinet on Tuesday approved the proposal of granting special status to Hyderabad-Karnataka region.

The bill regarding the amendment of the Constitution is likely to be tabled in Parliament in a day or two.

Earlier, the proposal was cleared by the Cabinet Committee on Political Affairs headed by Prime Mister Manmohan Singh.

Six backward districts in North Karnataka — Gulbarga, Yadgir, Raichur, Bidar, Koppal and Bellary — will benefit from the special status.

These districts will get special priority in allotting funds from the state government in development, education and employment sectors. Apart from this, people of this region will get reservation in recruitment in government jobs and admission in educational institutions.

The amendment to the Constitution, as part of the special status to the region, will enable establishment of a regional council or board which will have its own elected members and budget. Each year the budget allocated and expenditure incurred has to be passed by the Assembly.

Union Labour Minister Mallikarjuna Kharge told reporters that the proposal of according special status is an improvement over the special status given to the Telangana region in Andhra Pradesh and Vidarbha in Maharashtra.