CFTRI chief gets 15 days to submit report on Balaga

Jul 6, 2017

Mysuru: Karnataka Development Authority chairman SG Siddaramaiah on Tuesday directed CFTRI director Ram Rajasekharan to reopen the decade-old Kannadaorganization, Kannada Sahahrudaya Balaga (KSB), that shut down recently and foster harmony between different groups working on the campus. He demanded a report on this score within two weeks.

Siddaramaiah claimed that there is no conducive atmosphere to work for ‘a section of Kannadigas’ at the central institute and it is evident by the recent action of closing down KSB, functioning on the campus premises since long.

The chairman also linked suspension of few group D employees to the issue claiming they were targeted as they had raised the issue of closing down the Kannada association. He demanded that the workers who have been suspended for the last two years be reinstated immediately. Pro-Kannada activists and writers alleged that employees who were active in KSB’s activities were suspended.

Ram Rajasekharan denied the allegations and said he closed down the organization following a government order. According to the order there shouldn’t be any organization of scientific or non-scientific workers on campus. He also denied suspension of the employees being related to the issue and said it was a decision taken by the administration.