Drinking water crisis rocks ZP meet in DK

ZP members should have power to sanction projects

Dakshina Kannada Zilla Panchayat general body meeting witnessed heated discussions between the ruling BJP and opposition Congress members over the drinking water crisis that has already cropped up in various parts of the district.

However, on Wednesday, the House failed to arrive at any concensus over the matter and almost every discussion took political face making it a prestige issue for both the ruling as well as opposition parties.

The Congress members raising the issue said that the State government talks of huge statistics running in crores, but in the villages water supply has become a major cause of concern.


The opposition members who disliked the tone of the opposition held the officials responsible for the same. This led to prolonged altercation between the two factions, who resorted into irrrelevant arguments, diviating from the actual issue.

Congress Member M S Mohommad suggested that though the Government has formed Task Force to Combat drinking water problem in the taluks, the power of utilising the funds vests in the hands of the MLA. He said that the Zilla Panchayat members should have the power to sanction the projects because the ZP members can do the job more judiciously.

“The Gram Sabhas have started and we have no option but to attend these meets. MLAs do not have to face the people. It is we who have to answer them. Since we have no answers for the questions of the people, let MLAs come and reply them,” he said and added that government must release funds to dig at least five bore wells each in all the 35 constituencies of the ZP. Though this suggestion was welcomed by all the members irrespective of the party, soon the Congress members said that they are facing problems mainly due to lethargic attitude of the State government. The mudslinging went on for long, without any fruitful out come on drinking water crisis.

Social Security Schemes
With regard to the issue of delay in distribution of various Social Security Scehmes to beneficiaries, the House decided to convene a meeting with the Deputy Commissioner within next 10 days and evolve solutions for the same. Members said that beneficiaries of various schemes such as widow pension, pension for elderly, disabled pension etc have not been reaching the beneficiaries on time.

Koraga welfare schemes
CEO Dr K N Vijayprakash said that Additional Commissioners have been appointed as nodal officers to see the implementation of various welfare schemes for the Koragas.
“Our focus is on prevention of school drop out cases in the community and accordingly the education department, Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan and Women and Child Welfare department have been asked to work in this direction,” he said.

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