Industrialisation of Karnataka should mean employment for Kannadigas

With election aroma strong in the air, the fluttering sound of manifesto booklets thrown by political parties has started fading away. Among such manifestos is one peculiar intention to put efforts in ensuring more jobs for Kannadigas, especially in the IT sector. Although the immediately apparent intention of reserving jobs seems glaringly myopic, we need to understand as to why this type of a demand is there from Kannadigas and what the industries, not limited to IT mind you, need to do to allay the concerns of Kannadigas that they are not being benefitted in terms of the employment opportunities created by these industries.

Rewind a few decades and we notice that the industrial sector in Karnataka had been flourishing in those years as well as it is today - only difference being the nature and magnitude of industry. But one similarity that stands clear is the trend of indifference in the attitude of industries towards the employment needs of Kannadigas, even when the much needed support from the state government has always been there.

Although industries have created employment in lakhs, the number of Kannadigas benefited from this has been a meagre portion. And the primary reason for this glaring problem is the blatant nepotism of non-Kannadiga officials in employing people from their own state for jobs in Karnataka even when qualified and eligible Kannadigas have been available in Karnataka. We saw this happening in Central Government departments and PSUs in 60s and 70s; in the IT, ITES and other sectors in the 90s and 2000s. These two waves of industrialization in Karnataka have seen more than a million jobs generated but the number of Kannadigas who have gained employment because of this development is not encouraging in anyway.

The fact that employment is the cause for economic development of the masses, and hence of the land they inhabit is one of the main reasons for the state government to provide sops for increased industrialization. But if employment for Kannadigas in substantial proportions has not been one of the outcomes of this industrialization policy, Karnataka government needs to think about ways to set it right.

4 comments:

Harish Kumar said...

Firstly stop immigration forthwith.Even if it means secession from India.Karnataka is a vast area with very limited population making it a pleasing place to live. But vacuum has sucked in a large number of outsiders seeking lebensraum.We need to put an end to this. We cannot have a situation where northies overpopulate their states and come in droves to settle amongst others citing constitutional rules preparedby them.

Anonymous said...

can you imagine how many kannadigas work in Nilgiris? or Widia or TVS in nanjangud.. forget IT sector.. even manufacturing pvt sector has given a rough treatment to kannadigas in karnataka.. the reason being very simple. any outsider moves up to a commanding position always wants his people employed.. why is this not the case with kannadigas? becuase, kanandigas are not united with language, but on castes.. the state's oneness feeling is not all there.when will everyone wake up before our kids become aliens in their own land?

Ragavendra said...

It is not that we kannadigas do not support ourselves. Believe me we are the GEM of a mankind. It is that kannadigas with the fear of risking our own jobs that we fail to help our people. We must agree that we are less populated or our birth rate is very less. It is very good to know that it is so. In a country with such high birth rate and immense population our contribution to the country is matchless. At the same time India being democratic has made our lives on the knife edge. Democracy has given the non-kannadigas in India a chance to invade into Karnataka. Which has caused immense culture harm to us. One of the BEST solution to overcome this is to NOT let any outsiders into Karnataka. This could be achieved in 2 ways. Either by creating a passport/ visa system for outsiders to enter Karnataka(like in UK) or by separating Karnataka as a separate country from India. Believe me the 2nd choice would help us a lot for our future. This is wrt. to the political injustice made by the Govt of India to our Godly state Karnataka.

ಪುಟ್ಟ said...

Let me narrate an incident that happened to me to show you why Kannadigas are less in number in IT industry. One of my far relative is working in TCS since last 10 years in bangalore and is in a good position. I, as a fresher had approached him for an opportunity to attend the interview at TCS. But, he denied saying we dont hire laterally we only hire in campuses. He perhaps underestimated my capabilities. I gave up and joined a small firm. I again tried for TCS after 2 years in an off campus drive where I managed to win an offer on my own. Now tell me.. do you think the same situation would have arised if I was an Andhrite or a Tamilian? I have seen one Andhrite pulling in 10 more Andhrites most of them with fake experience who can't even utter a single english sentence. Guys... its time we wakeup and we too do the same to increase our number else we will be the loosers in our own land.

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