Slain activist Praveen Nettaru’s wife offered government job

The job for Nutana Kumari is that of a senior assistant at the Chief Minister's Secretariat office with a remuneration of ₹30,350 per month.

ByBellie Thomas

Published Sep 30, 2022 | 4:38 PMUpdated Sep 30, 2022 | 4:39 PM

Slain activist Praveen Nettaru’s wife offered government job

The ruling BJP government in Karnataka on Thursday, 29 September, confirmed that it had offered a contract government job to slain Hindu activist Praveen Nettaru’s wife Nutana Kumari in the Dakshina Kannada district.

The Chief Minister’s Office, as promised, had been working of late on a job profile suiting Kumari based on her educational qualification.

The job is that of a senior assistant at the Chief Minister’s Secretariat office with a remuneration of ₹30,350 per month, a government order stated.

This move by Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai comes against the backdrop of progressive thinkers criticising his government for turning a blind eye to two victims belonging to the minority community who were also murdered.

Soon after Nettaru’s murder in the Dakshina Kannada district, the state government offered an ex gratia of ₹25 lakh to his family, along with another ₹25 lakh from the BJP party office.

The job to the slain activist’s wife comes as a bonus to the family even though it is a Group-C contract job meant for junior employees.

Union minister of Women and Child Development Smriti Irani had praised the ruling BJP government of the state for honouring Nettaru, a Hindu activist, by keeping his portrait next to that of deceased former minister of Food, Civil Supplies and Consumer Affairs in Karnataka, Umesh Katti, in a rally in the state.

Irani was invited as the chief guest at a function in Karnataka, where she highlighted the state government’s gesture towards the Hindu activist.