Central team 'assesses' 2 GPs in DK in half day

Central team 'assesses' 2 GPs in DK in half day

 Standing Committee of the Ministry for Rural Development Chairperson Sumithra Mahajan addressing a press meet in Mangalore on Wednesday. DH photo

The team is on a two-day tour to Dakshina Kannada district and Udupi, which are the only two districts that the team will visit in Karnataka. The team will, from here proceed to Kerala.

The team’s tour in the district seemed more of a pilgrimage than an official visit. The team landed at Dharmasthala on Tuesday evening, sought blessings of Lord Manjunatha and also looked into the functioning of SKDRDP. On Wednesday morning, the team was spotted at Kudroli Gokarnatha temple and in the evening the team was to visit Kateel teample.

Making time, in between all this pilgrimage, they visited two Gram Panchayats out of 203 GPs of the district to ‘assess’ implementation of schemes.

The team visited Kinnigoli and Ganjimatt, after 2.30 pm on Wednesday. On Thursday, the group will visit Sanoor and Muniyal in Udupi district.

However, addressing the reporters on Wednesday at BJP office, Mahajan did not come out clear on the criterion on which the two places in the district were selected for the tour as there were many other Panchayats which had done exceptionally well and many Panchayats which have failed considerably in implementing many schemes.

When asked about her opinion on the implementation of NREGS in the State, she said that she cannot make any comment on the same as it needs to be confidential.

Now the credible question is that what an 11 member team can get to know about any Panchayat in half day visit?

During the press meet, Mahajan coming down heavily upon the Congress led UPA Government, said that whether the Congress has pair of buffaloes as its symbol or the cow and calf, one thing Congress invariably did was hiking the prices of necessary commodities.

“Corruption has reached its peak. Congress does not have majority. Hence, it is busy luring Mulayam, Maya and Jaya,” she said adding that Congress gave new dimension and magnitude to corruption in the country.

MP D V Sadananda Gowda and others were present.

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