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Colleges Physical Education Teachers' Association
Janata Dal(S) member Basavaraj Horatti drew the chief minister's attention on State Planning Board Deputy Chairman CMIbrahim's recommendation for re-introducing lottery.
Horatti also said it was not a good move and also reminded the chief minister that it was he who had banned lottery in the State when he was the deputy chief minister in the Dharam Singh government.
Mysore, July 15 (MA&RR)- The Minister for Information Technology and Small Savings, Basavaraj S. Horatti, who is also the Hon. President of Karnataka State Universities and Colleges Physical Education Teachers' Association (KSU&CPETA), today gave a call to Physical Education Associations to make this field of education more productive and competitive in the context of higher education itself being dubbed 'non-productive' in the present day scenario.He was speaking after inaugurating the two-day seventh Karnataka State Universities and Colleges Physical Education Teachers' Conference at Maharaja's College Centenary Hall here this morning.Commenting on the higher education in the State, Basavaraj Horatti, who has been elected as an MLC for the sixth consecutive time from West Teachers' Constituency, cited the examples of West Bengal and Kerala where appointment of teachers is done directly by the Governments contrary to Karnataka where the teachers are appointed on contract basis and as guest lecturers leading to a situation wherein higher education in the State is termed as 'non-productive.'In the backdrop of a report on this lacuna submitted by the Education Department to the Finance Department on 17.1.2004, the Minister said the Cabinet yesterday approved the report to recruit teachers for the various vacant posts.Following this, Horatti asked the concerned officials to give to him the statistics on the vacancies of PE teachers so that he could do the needful.
Replying to a call-attention notice tabled by Janata Dal (Secular) member Basavaraj Horatti and others, he said it was not possible to regularise their services due to legal problems, as the selection process was guided by various eligibility criteria, such as merit.
He said such was the unemployment level among lecturers that nearly 34,000 candidates had applied when the government called for applications for appointment of guest lecturers last year. Of them, 10,400 candidates had been selected, he said.
JD(S) member Basavaraj Horatti said many of the lecturers are forced to work as part-time bartenders and waiters at hotels to make a living because of their â€œmeagre salariesâ€. â€œTheir families are in dire straits as the salary is given once in six to eight months,â€ he said.
He said one lecturer told him that he waits tables at a restaurant and requests his table to be switched if his former students drop by. Horatti added that female lecturers are forced to return to duty a month after delivery as they are not entitled to maternity leave or paid leave. He also claimed that guest lecturers work nine to 10 months a year but are forced to shell out bribes to clerks to get their dues.
JD(S) members Basavaraj Horatti and M C Nanaiah demanded that security checks be
made mandatory for everyone entering the Vidhana Soudha, including the legislators.