Bengaluru: Amid speculation that a Cabinet rejig may defuse the crisis within the ruling Congress-JD(S) combine in Karnataka, coalition coordination committee chief Siddaramaiah on Wednesday said the vacant ministerial berths will be filled first.The former chief minister, who is also the Congress Legislature Party (CLP) leader, said miffed party MLA Ramalinga Reddy would get an opportunity to serve as a minister during the next reshuffle. Reddy had on Tuesday had hit out at the Congress leadership for neglecting senior leaders of the party. Also Read – Pak activated 20 terror camps & 20 launch pads along LoC”I will speak to Ramalinga Reddy… I had told him that he will be made minister during the reshuffle. Now we are not doing reshuffle,” Siddaramaiah told reporters. “We have decided to fill one post that is vacant (from Congress’ share of ministerial berths) due to Shivalli’s death. When reshuffle happens Ramalinga Reddy will also get opportunity,” he added. Siddaramaiah and Chief Minister H D Kumaraswamy have held several rounds of meetings on whether to go for a Cabinet expansion or a reshuffle to avert a potential existential crisis to the one-year-old coalition, and to address the dissent within by asking a few ministers to step down to make way for the disgruntled lawmakers. The leadership seems to have now reached a consensus about first filling up three vacant posts and then going in for a reshuffle if the need arises.
While the event consisted of several important initiatives, its highlight was the effort taken by the organization to draw attention to the steps they had outlined for the authorities to follow to fight child abuse. The members of AYAVEChad carried out an island-wide door to door campaign prior to this event, raising awareness and amassing public support for the cause. The missive consisting of the 100,000 signatures and proposed measures to fight child abuse was officially presented to the public representatives for their necessary actions.The organization launched this campaign under the theme “Be humane towards children”, and requested the responsible adults of society to represent and emanate the values of humanity, and to rid ourselves of all inhumane qualities. The event which was held in Battaramulla was attended by many other dignitaries and also marked the inauguration of AYAVEC. A proposal and petition has been submitted to fight child abuse in Sri Lanka.AYAVEC, a collective of seven volunteer youth organizations, campaigning against child abuse and for the protection of children’s rights presented a petition consisting of 100,000 signatures to the Minister of Women and Child Affairs, Chandrani Bandara. The petition also consisted of a proposal to fight against child abuse in Sri Lanka. At a national level AYAVEC is backed by the ‘Abhimana’ organization and upheld by Child Fund Sri Lanka for technical and financial support.AYAVEC stated that their objective is to push forward with fresh purpose and drive to prevent all forms of abuse and injustice against children in the country following this inaugural initiative. (Colombo Gazette)