Ban on iron ore trucks between M'lore-B C Road

The Karnataka Development Programme (KDP) meeting chaired by District-in-Charge Minister J Krishna Palemar resolved to ban the movement of iron ore trucks on the NH 48 stretch between Mangalore and B C Road between 8 am and 8 pm, where the four-laning works are in progress.

The meeting held at the Zilla Panchayat auditorium on Saturday felt that the ban on the movement of mines lorries in the daytime would not only reduce the public woes but also help accelerating the four-laning works.

Rain relief
The elected representatives took part in the meeting unequivocally opined that the compensation given for rain loss is too meagre, and hence it should be hiked. “It is not humane to give such a small amount to the rain-victims who incur huge losses. The government should look into the issue of compensating the loss of property and agriculture in a fair manner,” said MLAs N Yogish Bhat, B Ramanath Rai and K Abhayachandra Jain.

In response to this, Palemar instructed the officials to look into the issue and assured of bringing amendments to the rules concerned. When complaints were raised against Mescom saying that the officials were not responding to the rain-related problems, the minister sought explanation from the officials concerned. The House was informed about round-the-clock helpline 1917, through which the public can draw the attention of the Mescom towards their woes.

441 houses
After a discussion on the central housing schemes meant for the economically backward people, Palemar asked the official concerned to identify a total of 441 beneficiaries under Indira Awas Yojana.

The officials from the Health Department explained the steps taken to check the spreading of contagious diseases during the rainy season.
District Medical Officer Dr Prabhudev was given the charge of appointing psychiatrist and psychologist to the District Wenlock Government Hospital.

Mobile squads
In the meantime, the meeting announced the decision of forming mobile squads to distribute government facilities to the physically challenged persons. Palemar appealed the public to get in touch with him directly if any government official demands bribe. He also warned of stringent action against such corrupt officials.

Responding to a complaint, he asked the officials to cancel the permits of those private buses which do not ply on the specified routes and introduce KSRTC buses on such routes.

Zilla Panchayat President Venkat Dambekodi, Mayor M Shanker Bhat, ZP Chief Executive Officer P Shivashankar were present.

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