A year of mixed experiences

The good and the bad: Kolar district through the year 2011

The district in 2011. While there were a few things to smile about, most of the year was spent in tussles of various kinds, protests for different issues, arrests of politicians and even embarrassment for poor organisation capacity.

Jail birds

Malur MLA S N Krishnaiah Setty and MLA from KGF, Y Sampangi, were subjected to judicial custody on charges of corruption. Both have secured bail now, but probe is on.
Farooq C, who lodged a complaint against Sampangi came to fame.

In the court

Yaragol project, which was to supply water to 45 villages of the district, is now in the High Court.

It is noticeable that public have filed a Public Interest Litigation against State Government, Union Minister K H Muniyappa, District In-charge Minister Varthur Prakash and others as the Yaragol project was delayed.

Ravindranath of Human Relevant Research Institution, M Arun Kumar, president of District Lawyers Association, K M J Mauni of Adarsha Samaja Seva Trust have filed PILs.

DC and his lathi

Manoj Kumar Meena, Deputy Commissioner of Kolar, was found wielding the lathi in many situations. It started in December 2010, to control voters at Chatrakodi during panchayat elections. On June 30, this year, he was seen pushing farmers away who were trying to hinder selection of beneficiaries under Suvarna Bhoomi Scheme.

On November 9, he took up the lathi again to control commotion that arose after meat pieces were allegedly found at a temple in Ammavaripet.

Unorganised sports meet

Zilla Panchayat expressed disappointment over problems in various sports meets organised by the Youth Services and Sports Department. Athletes were injured by glass pieces on the track during the Dasara sports meet.

The taluk-level sports meet held in Bangarpet also witnessed similar situations. The district-level sports meet on October 28 and 29 was also not organised properly and athletes had to face a lot of problems. ZP members  took the assistant director of the concerned department to task.

Ruckus in CMC meet

CMC meetings under leadership of K H Muniyappa witnessed ruckus. After control shifted from Vartur faction to Muniyappa faction, meetings were disturbed and development discussions hardly held.

The CMC members staged protests against failure to provide basic facilities. Meanwhile rift between president  Nazia and Commissioner Shalini also made news.

No respite to farmers

Central Drought Relief team had visited the district in 2009 in the backdrop of drought.

After two years again there was drought and the team visited the district on December 15. But no action has been taken yet. Drought has led to sever water problems and 30 per cent of the crops have been destroyed.

Farmers have staged protests throughout the year against duty-free silk import, requesting the government to fix minimum support price to cocoons.
But nothing has worked in their favour.

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