DDPI alleges engineer of misleading meeting

War of words over construction of classroom in district

At the KDP meeting here, Chamaraj was giving information regarding the progress of his department and preparations for the coming SSLC examinations. When it came to construction of class rooms, he said it was being delayed in Sakleshpur and Hassan taluks. The engineer was misleading the department by giving false information.

When enquired, Nagaraj denied allegations and claimed that all the works were in final stage. Chamaraj lost temper over this reply and said the engineer was telling lies.
Nagaraj had furnished wrong information that the school buildings at Udayavara and Belagodu were ready. But the fact is that the windows are not fixed in one building and roofing is not in another building. There was no similarity in the status report submitted by the engineer.

The DDPI said there was the problem of land at Vonagooru, but it was resolved and the land has been handed over to the engineering department more than six months ago. Besides, Rs five lakh has been released. But the work is yet to start. The engineer claimed that the work was yet to be approved. Nagaraj has not been able to get approval in the last six months for Rs five lakh work, he added.

This resulted in a wordy dual between the officials. The ZP president and CEO S T Anjankumar took Nagaraj to task. He was strictly told to complete all pending works before current year. The heads of departments would be held responsible if the money remains unspent.

The officials of Department of Agriculture were instructed to keep adequate stock of fertiliser before rainy season begins. Joint Director of the department informed the meeting that they have a stock of 25,000 metric tonnes which was sufficient to meet the demands. Steps would be taken to prevent whatever unsavoury incident that had happened last year, he added.

The ZP president took the officials of Department of Social Welfare to task following complaints regarding substandard food being served to inmates of 200 hostels for backward classes and also preparing sambar using rotten vegetables.

The CEO admitted that the attendance system was not in place in hostels. He would make surprise visits to all hostels and take action against officials if he comes across any shortfalls.

The president asked the officers of Department of Forests to conduct an impartial inquiry into illegal transportation of timber in Sakleshpur taluk and take action on the guilty. The department was asked to submit a detail report in the next meeting.

Anjankumar said the arrival of potato seeds has started and the department officials should test the quality of the seeds before distribution. The functioning of the Department of Fisheries came under fire.

ZP Vice-President Parvathamma Nanjundachar and others were present.

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