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Karnataka to enact legislation on OoP

Following Centre's footprints Karnataka has decided to enact a legislation excluding various offices from the purview of OoP.

india Updated: May 26, 2006 16:22 IST

Following the footprints of the Centre, Karnataka on Friday decided to enact a legislation excluding various offices including Panchayat heads from the purview of office-of-profit.

The state cabinet, which met here, decided to convene a two-day special session of the legislature from June five to pass the bill, the draft of which was approved at the meeting, Minister for Medical Education VS Acharya told reporters.

Karnataka has decided to exclude the posts of Deputy Minister, Parliamentary Secretaries, Mayor, Deputy Mayor, Leaders of Opposition, President, Vice Presidents of Panchayats, Heads of all Committees, Boards and Corporation, all standing committees in local bodies and its members from the office-of-profit clause, he said.

In Karnataka, there is no Deputy Minister's berth, but the previous JDS-Cong government toyed with the idea of appointing parliamentary secretaries to accommodate more legislators after the constitutional amendment put a cap on the size of the ministry to 34.

However, due to political uncertainty during the 20-month tenure in office by the previous ministry, it did not undertake the exercise of appointing political secretaries.

With the JDS-BJP combine assuming office in the state, it was yet to decide on inducting political secretaries as 12 ministerial berths remain unfilled even four months after the Ministry was sworn-in.

The minister did not quantify the number of posts that would be kept out of the ambit of office-of-profit.