Taluk Panchayat meetings to be held regularly

He was speaking at the progress review meeting at the Taluk Panchayat auditorium in the city on Saturday.

In the wake of taluk being declared as drought hit, the government has sanctioned funds to solve the drinking water woes, he added.

“Hence, it is the duty of the Nodal Officers, appointed from various departments to submit a report on the drinking water woes after visiting every village,” Bhat added.

A Nodal Officer has been appointed for every two villages. The Officers apart from their departmental work should also visit villages where there is drinking water problem and should ensure that GP supplies water through tankers to the village.

The officers should always keep in mind that the region is drought hit and act in accordance, he added.

An amount of Rs 300 has been fixed per tanker. The Gram Panchayats have been directed to supply the water through tankers based on the population of a village.

Earlier, the GPs themselves managed the drinking water problem. However, following the taluk being declared drought prone, the Zilla Panchayat has directly taken up the matters and Deputy Commissioner has also given a strict order in this regard, Bhat added.

Some of the villages in Kolar taluk that face drinking water problem, are part of the Srinivaspur and Bangarpet Assembly constituencies.

The issue should be raised in the task force meeting headed all three Legislators and should obtain permission to supply drinking water. The officials should work swiftly, Bhat quoted Zilla Panchayat CEO.

MGNREGS

The 36 GPs in the taluk have been sanctioned Rs 33 crore under MGNREGS for the year 2011-12. The funds have been distributed to all the GPs, just a month ago.

The departments before taking up the work under the scheme in the villages should obtain technical clearance, he added.

A memorandum has been submitted to Government through ZP to release funds for the work, taken up under the 2010-11, but were incomplete due to lack of funds.

Meetings

Bhat said the higher officers were upset that TP and GP meetings were not held on a regular basis. Hence, progress review meetings will be held on fifth of every month.

Similarly, ordinary meeting will be held once in two months and on 25th of the month. This month, the general meeting will held on 25th. The next meeting will be held on January 25, 2012.

If 25th happens to be a holiday, then the meeting will be held on the third day from the date. Since, the progress review meeting will be held on fifth of every month, officers should submit the reports by first or second of the month, Bhat added.

‘Give water to toilets’

Block Education Officer Shivalingaiah who spoke on the occasion said that many schools in the taluk had toilets but didn’t have water connection. As a result many where reduced to just show piece. The authorities concerned should take steps to solve the problem, he urged.

“The toilets akin to monuments have been locked and forgotten. The mere existence of a toilet doesn’t solve problem it should also be utilised,” he said and urged the officers to direct GP to take appropriate steps.
            

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