Dharwad: Backward Classes and Kannada and Culture Department Minister Shivraj Thangadagi strongly defended the promotion of hostel wardens within the Backward Classes Department, dismissing allegations of wrongdoing or illegality. In an interaction with Madhyamwa on Tuesday in Dharwad, Minister Thangadagi addressed the concerns surrounding the promotion of hostel wardens and reaffirmed the commitment to upholding lawful procedures.
“We stand firm against any illegal actions. The promotion process for women and men supervisors, which should have taken place in 2002, unfortunately, did not occur,” Minister Thangadagi explained. He continued, “In 2006, only women were promoted, and men were left without promotion. It was not until 2019 that we were able to address this issue. Our department faced challenges, and the matter went to the Karnataka Administrative Tribunal (KAT). The KAT issued a directive in favor of promoting male supervisors.”
With the KAT’s order in hand, Minister Thangadagi emphasized that the law department also concurred with the decision to proceed with the promotion. “We adhered to the legal process and provided the well-deserved promotions. Women who had been awaiting promotions were also promoted in accordance with the rules,” he clarified.
Responding to certain individuals raising concerns about the fairness of the promotions, Minister Thangadagi affirmed, “We are committed to conducting promotions in line with established regulations. If anyone is seeking promotion in adherence to these guidelines, we assure you that we will follow the process meticulously.”
Minister Thangadagi also revealed plans to gather insights from across the state, with meetings scheduled in various divisions. “We are keen on hearing from experts and stakeholders in order to make informed decisions,” he stated. He shared that fruitful discussions had already taken place during meetings in Bangalore and Belgaum sections, involving writers, elders, and artists.
Exciting initiatives were also outlined during the conversation, including the publication of an additional 50 volumes of poetry and the proposal for a Karnataka Padma Award dedicated to individuals who have contributed significantly to the state’s land and water conservation efforts. Additionally, Minister Thangadagi proposed the creation of a distinctive 50-year logo to commemorate achievements. The timeline for these endeavors extends through the coming year.
Anticipating transparency and open communication, Minister Thangadagi revealed plans to share further information through the media on the 9th or 10th. He concluded by reaffirming the department’s dedication to conducting all actions within the bounds of legality and integrity, upholding the principles of fairness and justice.