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HDK to Centre: Give preference to locals in recruitment for rural banks

Karnataka Chief minister HD Kumaraswamy on Saturday met Prime Minister Narendra Modi and many of his cabinet colleagues seeking redressal of several issues concerning Karnataka. Just before heading to Niti Aayog's government council meeting, the CM called on Modi and congratulated him for his re-election.

He urged Modi to extend maximum help to the state which has been suffering from consecutive years of drought and sought release of Rs 1,500 crore dues under the rural employment guarantee scheme.

At Niti Aayog's meeting, Kumaraswamy raised a host of issues, including decreasing fund flow to the state under centrally sponsored schemes. The overall estimated grants from the Centre dipped from Rs 16,525 crore in 2014-15 to Rs 10,099 crore in 2019-20. This has not only put pressure on the state's finances but affected other initiatives," the CM said. He also took exception to Bengaluru getting 58th rank in the ease of living index in Niti Aayog's ranking system. "This is unacceptable. Bengaluru is widely rated as the most preferred city for work in the country by reputed agencies. So, Aayog's ranking system should be more participative and transparent," he opined.

During his meeting with finance minister Nirmala Sitharaman, the CM stressed the need for amending banking rules to give preference to candidates with knowledge of local languages in recruitments for regional rural banks and also conducting banking exams in all the 22 recognised languages.

There have been complaints about bank staff's lack of knowledge of the local language causing problems to customers.

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