DDPI takes MLAs for a ride, gets show cause notice

Officials asked to prepare a comprehensive rain damage report

The Minister asked the CEO Ramanna to serve notice to DDPI Rangappa as the latter had initially refused to provide information with regard to a case where a transferred headmaster has been reinstated in the same school. The backdrop of the case is that the headmaster was suspended from the Baggavalli Government School in Tarikere taluk for misappropriating the funds meant for the construction of toilet in the school. MLA Suresh questioned the DDPI as to how the headmaster was posted to the same school despite him being involved in the misappropriation. MLA Jeevaraj too backed Suresh and sought clarification from the DDPI.

Instead of giving a proper answer, DDPI Rangappa tried to evade the question by saying that he was not aware of the incident and promised that he would provide the details after going through the files later. Meanwhile, Jeevaraj instantly asked the DDPI to bring the file from his office and provide the information.

Following this, Rangappa rose from his chair, but instead of going to his office, sat at another corner of the house. The Minister sought clarification again when MLAs brought to his notice the irresponsible attitude of Rangappa.

Finally Rangappa brought the files and answered the MLAs. He said that the headmaster was transferred on charges of misappropriation of funds but his transfer was cancelled since the work of the toilet was completed.

“He has been posted to the same school as there were no vacancies in other schools to accommodate him,” he added.

Jeevaraj taking the DDPI to task questioned as to why he did not give the same reply in the beginning. “Stop staging mono-act in the house,” he warned.

Renukacharya too took note of the issue seriously and warned the officials not to misguide people’s representatives in the review meetings. “The incident shows how sincere the officials are in their duty,” he criticised.

9,390 beneficiaries

Deputy Commissioner Dr N S Chennappa Gowda said that 171 buses will be arranged for the conveyance of 9,390 beneficiaries of the Bhagyalaxmi scheme for the saree distribution programme to be held in the town on November 15. The programme will be held at the District Stadium at 12 pm, he added.

MLA C T Ravi said that several parts of the district have been damaged due to the untimely rains.

“A team should meet the Chief Minister B S Yeddyurappa to seek more funds to compensate the rain damages,” he added.

MLAs Jeevaraj, Suresh, Dr Vishwanath and M P Kumaraswamy explained about the rain damages in their respective constituencies.

Renukacharya directed the officials to prepare a comprehensive report on the rain damages in the district at the earliest. A representation including MLAs of the district will meet the CM to seek funds, he added.

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