Make effective use of drought relief funds, suggests Minister

Karandlaje asks officials to work honestly to solve the problems in the district

Make effective use of drought relief funds, suggests Minister


She was speaking after holding the progress review meeting at the Kolar Zilla Panchayat. The funds for drought relief have already been released. Priority should be given  for the utilisation of the funds effectively to combat drought situation in the district, said the Minister.

She held detailed discussion on the problems of drinking water, borewells and power supply  with the officials concerned and directed them to work honestly to solve the various problems dogging the district including drought.

‘Provide electricity’
Though six months ago, 73 borewells were dug in the district, they have failed to function as electricity supply is not provided, said Bescom engineer. The Minister who was irked by this reply said that it was not fair that the borewells are left unused for such a long period. She instructed the officials concerned to provide electricity to the borewells.
She also asked the officials regarding the number of borewells dug in the district and the amount spent on them and also submit the report within four months.

When Zilla Panchayat Chief Executive Officer G V Ranga Rao replied that as Rs 102 crore was not paid and hence electricity was not provided, the Minister questioned, “The State government has to pay dues to the tune of Rs 1,500 crore for Bescom. It is not appropriate on the part of Bescom to state that they would not supply electricity to the borewells.”

‘Complete works soon’
She also asked to give priority to works and complete them before August which were taken up under Suvarna Grama Yojane for the development of the villages and asked to submit the report.

Among the works, construction of toilets should be given preference, she told the officials concerned.

Further responding to the complaints from the villagers regarding the absence of gram panchayat secretaries in the office and also the functioning of bill collectors, she said that the secretaries of gram panchayat should be present in the office at least four days in the office and the applications should be cleared within 15 days, else strict action will be taken against them.

Warns bill collectors
The Minister also asked the bill collectors to work honestly and warned strict action. Gram Panchayats which do not work effectively for the welfare of the people and which delay the implementation of various schemes for the progress of the villages will be superseded, the Minister said.

Every taluk can spend around Rs 20 crore for the Employment Guarantee Scheme, but it is sad that the district has used up only Rs 23 crore, she added.

Chief Secretary of the department Ravikumar, Deputy Commissioner N Prabhakar, MLAs G K Venkatashiva Reddy, D S Veeraiah, Y Sampangi, Amaresh, Zilla Panchayat president M Srinivas, Vice President Naveeda Khan, Chief Executive Officer G V Ranga Rao and other officials were also present in the meeting.

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