Karnataka: Computer literacy must for govt staff

Karnataka Government decided to make compulsory the computer working knowledge for its employees.

Updated: Feb 17, 2012, 19:00 PM IST

Bangalore: Moving another step ahead in
utilising the information technology in governance, Karnataka Government on Friday decided to make compulsory the computer working
knowledge for its employees and offered Rs 5,000 annual
incentive to those who learn the skill.

In order to motivate its employees to acquire computer
knowledge, the government at its cabinet meeting held here
decided to link the technology learning to their promotion and
also annual increments.

Those who would be recruited directly to government service
hereafter shall have to pass an examination to prove that they
have acquired knowledge in working on computers within three
months of joining the service, Minister for Law S Suresh Kumar
told reporters.

Those already serving but crossed 50-years of age would be
exempted from this "mandatory computer learning", but for
others a time limit of three years has been set, he said.

Those failing to qualify the exam to certify on computer
skill learning within three years will be denied promotion and
if they fail to get the qualification on completion of fourth
year, they will loose their annual increment, he said.

Certain category of employees such as Primary School
teachers, police constables, nurses, drivers, forest watchers,
excise guards, women and men working as health assistants and
group "D" employees have been exempted from this mandatory
computer learning, he said.

The computer learning has to be in Kannada, the
administrative language of the state and also in English,
Kumar said.