Karnataka to be the first state to have an R&D policy, declares CM Bommai

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Karnataka Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai (File photo)

BENGALURU: Karnataka may well become the first to have an R&D policy. On Tuesday, Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai chaired a meeting with the Task Force and senior officials regarding the formulation of a new policy for research and development in the state and instructed officials to prepare the necessary systems for effective implementation of the proposed policy.

The CM obtained details about the progress on the formulation of the new R&D policy from the Task Force chairman and said the state had immense potential to attain greater heights. “The proposed policy should be simple. Any R&D is considered worthy only when it is found useful in the daily lives of the people. It should cater to all sectors,” said Bommai.

The Chief Minister also directed the setting up of a state-level R&D Council. “A supplementary initiative will be taken up for implementation of the proposed policy and it will be cleared after discussing it in the state cabinet,” he added.

IT, BT Minister C N Ashwath Narayan, CM’s Principal Secretary N Manjunatha Prasad, Additional Chief Secretary to the Industries Department Dr E V Ramana Reddy and Task Force chairman Ashok Shettar were present at the meeting. (ANI)

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