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H D Kumaraswamy’s Government names K J George as IT, BT and ST Minister

Congress legislator Mr K J George is the minister for  Karnataka’s Large and Medium Scale Industries , IT, BT, Science and Technology.

By Team ABLE

Congress MLA Kelachandra Joseph George will head the portfolio of Information Technology, Biotechnology and Science and Technology (IT, BT and ST) in Karnataka. Minister George will also handle the Ministry of Social Welfare as an additional portfolio. The state’s startup initiatives are run under the ministry of IT, BT and ST.

Minister George\'s political career started in 1969 when he was elected as the President of the Gonikoppal Town Youth Congress. During 1971-1972, he was the President of the Virajpet Taluk Youth Congress Committee. From 1972 to 1973 he was the General of the Coorg District Youth Congress Committee and the President of this forum from 1973 to 1975. In 1975 and through 1978 he became the Treasurer of the Karnataka Pradesh Youth Congress Committee.

In 1982, he was the General Secretary of the All India Youth Congress Committee where he served till 1985. In 1985, he was elected from the erstwhile Bharatinagar Assembly Constituency and became an MLA through 1994. In 1989-90, he was the Minister of State ( Independent Charge) Transport, Food and Civil Supplies under Chief Minister Veerendra Patil. He served as Cabinet Minister for Housing and Urban Development under Chief Minister Bangarappa between 1990-92. In, 2013-16, he was the Minister of Home Affairs under Siddaramaiah government and later served as Minister for Bengaluru Development and Town Planning in 2016-18.

He emerged as the highest scoring MLA by Bangalore Political Action Committee (B.PAC), which rated all 27 MLAs of Bangalore, based on eight data sets \navailable in the public domain. MLAs were rated on their performance in \nthese eight domains on a score of 100.

Minister George was also one of the 483 candidates who were endorsed by B.PAC in the recently concluded Karnataka state elections. Candidate Endorsement is a key activity under Election Habba, an election awareness initiative by B.PAC to encourage greater citizen participation in the electoral process.