Corruption in allotment of percolation ponds alleged

ZP CEO promises to book complaints against officials involved

 Former ZP president Raju Poojary raised the issue and demanded clarifications on the approved 341 percolation ponds in the district. He  urged the seizure of the muster book from PWD Department which is concerned with the allotment of the percolation pons to the beneficiaries.

As many as 114 names of the beneficiaries of the percolation ponds are tampered with and the benefits have been drawn in the names of these fake beneficiaries, he said and demanded for the intervention of the CEO in enquiring the case and taking up legal action against the officials and all the others involved in the malpractices.

CEO Prasanna Kumar assured that a criminal case will be lodged against the officials involved in the already proved 13 cases in which money was drawn in the name of fake beneficiaries.

Member Bhujanga Shetty highlighted the pathetic condition of the NH-17 stretch in the district. Potholes are causing inconvenience for the vehicles plying on this stretch, he said and expressed fear that there may be loss of lives owing to the accidents.

The NH-17 stretch is worst near Heroor, Brahmavar and Uppur. The condition of potholes cannot be explained in words, he said.

Kumar informed that discussions are held in this regard and orders will be issued shortly to ban iron ore lorries, inorder to  protect the NH-17.

The repair of roads will be taken up immediately, he added. Meanwhile, a National Highway department official informed that temporary repair works  have been taken up on Tuesday and will be followed by daily maintenance. Lack of information on the ”janaspandana” programmes that are held at hobli level created a huge uproar.

Congress members expressed their anger for not inviting them to the programme. They alleged that the programme is concerned only with single party and it is a party programme in which other parties have nothing to do with the grievances of the public.
Udupi Tahsildar informed the house that it was the DC who formulated the list of programmes and the venue for the next six months and the programmes will be held accordingly.

The Chief Executive Officer  assured that the invitation protocols will be followed.  Raju Poojary alleged that the officials’ negligence in promoting NREGS has drastically affected the implementation of the programme in the district and demanded for the review meet on the same.

The CEO informed that 39   of the sanctioned 48 construction works are nearing completion.

As many as 6,282 days of labour have been done in the district, he added. Problems related to sea erosion were also discussed. In-charge president Gerold Fernandes, Education and Health Standing Committee president B K Hegde were present.

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