Karnataka [KPSC] Current Affairs - 2020

Karnataka amends its Industries (Facilitation) Act for Attracting Investments

On 25th June 2020, Under the Chairmanship of Chief Minister of Karnataka BS Yediyurappa the State Cabinet of the Karnataka state government has made amendments to sections of ‘The Karnataka Industries (Facilitation) Act, 2002’.  An ordinance will be issued by the state government soon for the amendments to come into effect.

The amendment was made with the aim of creating an investor-friendly environment in the state. The amendment has simplified regulations and has reduced procedural requirements. The amendment will improve the ease of doing business in the state. For the first three years, small and medium industries can begin manufacturing without having to wait for statutory clearances.

The amendment made by the Karnataka Government will be applicable for all small, medium, and large industries of the state. Gujarat and Rajasthan are the other states that have amended their Industries Act, but in both these states, the amendment was made only for small industries.

Background

The Nationwide lockdown due to the COVID-19 pandemic has brought economic activities to a halt throughout the country. Now, the slow transition of the economy and the uncertainty of when things could normalize have added further pressure on most state governments across the country due to an acute fund crunch.

In order to generate employment, the state government of Karnataka had amended the Factories Act on 22nd May 2020 under which all factories were exempted from provisions of daily and weekly stipulated hours until 21st August 2020.

Rajya Sabha passes Constitution (Scheduled Tribes) Order (Second Amendment) Bill, 2019

Rajya Sabha passed the Constitution (Scheduled Tribes) Order (Second Amendment) Bill, 2019 on 12 December 2019 by voice vote. The bill seeks to amend Constitution (Scheduled Tribes) Order, 1950 to include three tribes namely– Parivara, Talwara and Siddi community of Dharwad and Belagavi districts, in the list of Scheduled Tribes in Karnataka. The bill was introduced by Tribal Affairs Minister of State Renuka Singh Saruta in Upper House.

Key Features of Bill

The tribal and tribal communities which are deemed to be Scheduled Tribes (STs) are specified in the Constitution (Scheduled Tribes) Order, 1950. Thus the Bill amends Part VI of the Constitution (Scheduled Tribes) Order, 1950 which specifies the Scheduled Tribes in Karnataka.

Bills amends the Order by substituting- (1) ‘Siddi (in Uttar Kannada district)’ with ‘Siddi (in Belagavi, Dharwad and Uttar Kannada districts)’; (2) ‘Naikda, Nayaka’ with ‘Naikda, Nayaka (including Parivara and Talawara)’. Currently, the Siddi tribe of Uttar Kannada district alone is included in list.