BENGALURU: Kannadigas must get the biggest share of jobs available in
, chief minister
asserted during his Independence Day address at Field Marshal Manekshaw Parade Grounds on Thursday.
Yediyurappa’s assertion came a month after Andhra Pradesh became the first state in the country to reserve jobs for locals in all private industrial units and factories, irrespective of whether or not these companies get financial or other help from the government.
In July this year, The Andhra assembly had passed the Andhra Pradesh Employment of Local Candidates in Industries/Factories Act, 2019, which reserves 75% private jobs across all categories in industrial units, factories, joint ventures as well as projects that are in public-private partnership mode.
After unfurling the national flag and greeting battalions — including those of the armed forces, Karnataka State Reserve Police, National Cadet Corps and Bharat Scouts and Guides — the Yediyurappa said, “It is our established stand that Kannadigas must get a lion’s share of jobs available in Karnataka. I would like to reiterate that this government respects the sentiments of people of this land. We are committed to ensuring selfrespect and job opportunities of Kannadigas are never compromised or threatened.”
He, however, added: “At the same time, in the federal structure, we are ready to offer equal opportunities to all those who come to Karnataka seeking employment.”
Yediyurappa also hoped that Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh will develop in all respects and join the mainstream in the wake of the constitutional changes effected with regard to articles 370 and 35A.
“Kashmir is India’s crown… What was a cradle of Indian culture had been given a uni-dimensional cultural narrative and the native settlers were driven out. Anti-national and terrorist forces held the region’s three districts hostage. Peace was out of reach. Stones were thrown at soldiers. Kashmir’s economy had touched a new low…,” Yediyurappa rued.