MANGALORE May 28: People rendered jobless owing to the State Government's decision to ban lotteries will be rehabilitated through the Suvarna Kayaka scheme, Minister for Small Savings and Lotteries Ramachandra Gowda has said.
The Government will arrange to provide training to such people or their dependents in any vocation and pay them a monthly stipend of Rs. 1,500 during the training period.
Addressing presspersons here on Sunday, Mr. Gowda said his department had received 15 applications from youths who were in the lottery business seeking training in an alternative vocation through the scheme. The Government was ready to create employment opportunities for unemployed youth in collaboration with the private sector and there should be no cause for despair on this count, he said.
Tracing the advent of introduction of lottery system in Karnataka since the time of the former Chief Minister Veerendra Patil till the present prior to its ban, Mr. Gowda said the State had literally seen a spurt in lottery business.
Repeated appeals by the Government to those involved in the lottery business to regulate the trade in Karnataka were met with litigations forcing the State to respond accordingly, he said. Besides, the annual revenue generated by sale of lotteries in Karnataka was in the region of Rs. 180 crore to Rs. 200 crore. "This amount is negligible compared with the annual State Budget which is almost Rs. 43,000 crore," he said.
Mr. Gowda said there was no move on part of the Government to stop small savings. The Government had decided to encourage small savings for it inculcated a sense of thrift in people and protected the interests of a large number of agents earning a livelihood through it, he said.
Centre to assist State in setting up Nano Park
Union Minister of State for Science and Technology Kapil Sibal has promised to provide funds for setting up a Nano Park in Bangalore, Minister for Science and Technology Ramachandra Gowda has said.
The Union Government has set aside Rs. 1,000 crore to promote nanotechnology in India, and it is ready to provide Rs. 250 crore for the park in Bangalore, Mr. Gowda said.
Stating this at a press conference here on Sunday, Mr. Gowda said he had discussed the issue with eminent scientist C.N.R. Rao prior to his recent meeting with Mr. Sibal in New Delhi. "The Minister has told me to send a detailed project report. The Government would do the needful once Prof. Rao returns from his foreign visit," Mr. Gowda said. "We have identified a 10-acre land for the park on the UAS campus," he noted.
The Union Government has also sanctioned two regional science centres for Karnataka, and they would come up at Pilikula Nisargadhama, near Mangalore, and in Dharwad. The State Government had asked the Centre to sanction five such centres, one in each of the five different regions of the State such as Hyderabad Karnataka, Bombay Karnataka, Old Mysore region, central Karnataka and coastal Karnataka, he said.
While the State Government had released Rs. 3.5 crore each for setting up of these science centres, the Centre had promised to provide the like sum for the centres, he said. Besides, the Centre had also agreed to set up a Science City in Bangalore at a cost of Rs. 100 crore. The State and the Centre would share the cost equally, he said and added that land had been identified for the project at Banneraghatta in Bangalore. Mr. Gowda said Mr. Sibal was also appreciative of his suggestion to set up sub-regional district science centres in the districts where it was not possible for the Centre to set up regional science centres.