'Nanjundappa report disastrous to Udupi'

'Nanjundappa report disastrous to Udupi'

Speaking on the occasion, MLA Raghupathi Bhat informed that Panchayath Raj department has assured to sanction Rs 50 lakh to each constituencies under 50-54 programme for the maintenance of roads. Meanwhile, he lamented for the adversities incurred to the district in terms of Nanjundappa Report (Allocation of funds for ZPs). “The report has proved disastrous to Udupi district owing to which, funds are not allotted for essential infrastructural works,” he said.

The other issue which led to serious debate was the encroachment of land owned by Zilla Panchayath in Amasebail area. ZP Member Janardhan Thonse flayed the house for not being able to take action against 28 families who have encroached ZP land.

“Shopping complexes have been built without license from Panchayath and so stringent action must be taken against the offenders,” he said.

Member Bhujang Shetty said the families should be charged with fine followed by compulsory tariffs.

CEO N Rajashekhar informed that if the recommendations of Balasubramaniam committee report are strictly implemented, the houses built in the encroached land should be demolished without mercy. According to the report, the encroachment of government land is a big offense, he added.

The final consensus emerged out of the discussions was to appoint a committee to study the issue. However, the idea was brushed aside by Congress members for a while claiming that appointing committee will not serve the purpose.

Thonse ridiculed that MGREGS is lying lifeless in the district. No works are taken up under the project. Action plan has not been prepared for the money that was allotted under the project, he complained, while CEO informed that action plan for Rs 18 crore has been already done.

Another issue that was discussed in the house was the absence of nodal officers in Gram Sabha. Taluk Panchayath President Shyamala Sudhakar said that it is not possible to send officers to all Gram Sabha when as many as 10 Gram Sabha takes place everyday.

ZP Secretary Pranesh Rao informed that each Gram Panchayath should hold Sabha at least twice a year. Calendar of events should be sketched out to discuss issues with the Gram Panchayath president.

MLA Raghupathi Bhat affirmed that suspension order should be issued on the nodal officers who don’t attend Gram Sabha. Earlier, responding to the accusations of Congress members over the lack of funds, the third Finance Commission Task Force Committee Chairman A G Kodgi suggested for the proper coordination between Panchayath members, MLAs and MPs so as to bring out the best outcome. He said that he has got limited powers in terms of sanctioning the funds, however, he can instruct the officials concerned to get the work done.

Meanwhile, Kodgi on behalf of the House felicitated Chidananda Shetty and Yashoda Shetty, the parents of Ashwini Chidananda Shetty, who was part of Indian team that won gold in 4x400 m relay in the Commonwealth games held in Delhi recently.

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