'Non cooperation' reigned during minister's visit!

Questioning: Medical Education and District In-Charge Minister S A Ramdas taking officials of Cooperation Department to task,  in Mysore on Saturday. DH photos

These were the anomalies that came to fore when Medical Education and District In-charge Minister S A Ramdas continued with his surprise visit, in the city on Saturday.

The department that came under stock was Cooperation on the premises of CADA office, where, according to the minister ‘non cooperation’ with the system reigned above all. Acting on this, the minister has instructed the Deputy Commissioner Harsh Gupta to initiate disciplinary action on the erring staff, besides setting the deadline of May 31 to bring all the departments here under biometric system and clearance of files to bring it to zero.

Of the total staff, 15 including the top guns of the office-deputy registrar, joint registrar and assistant registrar were found absent.

There were also no leave applications to find it valid on their part, and hence they were marked absent by the minister. The ambitious decision to deploy technology to mark attendance- biometric was yet to make a start here. There were no attempts to implement the system. Similar was the status of citizen’s charter and service period, though it has been made mandatory.The gravity of poor functioning of the department is such that, a total of 135 applications are pending, besides 1,125 cases in the court.

In one such case before the judiciary, the accused a Taluk Agriculture Produce Cooperative Marketing Society (TAPCMS) chief accused of massive irregularities has expired, but the case waits to be disposed off. Similarly auditing has taken a back seat and the housing cooperative societies are not getting their due according to seniority, the minister said recalling that there are volley of complaints in this regard.

All these issues have also been brought to the notice of Cooperation Minister Lakshman Savadi and the latter has asked to forward a report, the minister said.

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