Karnataka government won’t call for nominations, panel will select winners of Rajyotsava awards: minister

A committee will be set up four months before the planned date of announcement of the winners, and it will be responsible for finding winners

Taking inspiration from the central government with regards to the Padma awards, the Karnataka government will also select winners from different walks of life for the Rajyotsava awards from 2023, the Minister of Energy and Kannada and Culture has said, V. Sunil Kumar, in Mangaluru on February 5th.

“We will skip the application process for the Rajyotsava Awards. The government will select the winners and award them the prize. There will be no question of influencing the government to award the prizes to selected personalities.

Mr. Kumar said that a committee will be set up four months before the expected date of announcement of the winners, and will be responsible for finding winners.

Inspire youth

Earlier, speaking about the Padmashri Mahalinga Naik award winner, the minister said he has inspired young people to undertake tasks that help society. “The government cannot take over all the work. Mr. Naik has shown how people can contribute to the development of an area,” he said and praised his solitary effort to dig a 72-meter tunnel to irrigate his fields and others in the area.

“If more of these people take on these tasks, there will be no water shortage. There will be no fight for water,” he said. Mr. Naik opened the government’s eyes to the need to redouble efforts to conserve groundwater.

Mangaluru City South MLA, D. Vedavyas Kamath, Mayor Premanand Shetty and Chairman of Sharada Educational Institutions, MB Puranik also spoke.

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