Take steps to collect taxes, GPs told

Taluk Panchayat Executive Officer Motappa, Deputy Speaker K G Bopaiah, Taluk Panchayat President H S Subhashini, Vice-President Chithra Nanaiah and others at the KDP meeting held at Madikeri Taluk Panchayat on Tuesday.  DH photo

Addressing the KDP meeting on Tuesday, he said that if taxes are not collected promptly it will have impact on execution of developmental projects.
He said that water connection to households who have not paid water cess should be disconnected and directed the GP Secretaries to appoint bill collectors in all the GPs which have shortage of bill collectors in another 15 days.

NREGS
Bopaiah said that a total of Rs 16 crore has been released for the district under National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme (NREGS) but nobody is interested in the implementation of the same.  “The funds are released directly to the GPs. In case the funds are left unused, then action will be taken against those GPs,” Bopaiah warned and asked the engineers to prepare a proposal of Rs 1 crore for improvement of drains in rural areas. He said that the works should be taken up under Employment Guarantee Scheme. He directed the officials to take stern action against those who either encroach or damage the drains.

TP Executive Officer Motappa informed that out of 22 Gram Panchayats of the taluk, Benguru, K Nidugane, Kadagadal, Kunjila, Napoklu and Karike GPs have not yet started the National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme.

Liquor
K G Bopaiah asked the Gram Panchayats to identify the lands at the earliest for the implementation of ‘Nava Grama’ project. Members said that despite ban on liquor, it is being sold openly in rural areas.
 The house questioned the performance of Excise Department and said that when liquor was not banned, Excise officials used to raid the houses of people who used to sell liquor but now that liquor is banned, why they have not been taking steps to control illegal sales of liquor.
Excise officials responding to the same said that over 200 cases have been filed in this regard.

Land
Government has sanctioned 85 cents of land out of 20.10 acre of land belonging to Department of Horticulture in Napoklu for crematorium but the local residents have been using 2 acres land for cremation purpose, said officials of the Horticulture department and urged the MLA to take steps to hand over the property belonging to the department back to the department but TP Vice-President Chithra Nanaiah said that they will not allow this to happen at any cost. K G Boppaiah took objection to the stand of Chithra Nanaiah.
TP President H S Subhashini, Standing Committee President Nagesh Kundalpadi and others were present.

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