ZP seeks report on anganwadis

Complaints of benefits not reaching children, women; officers to visit all centres

Zilla Panchayat president M Srinivas, vice-president Naveeda Khanum and chief executive officer G V Rangarao taking part at the Zilla Panchayat meeting held in Kolar, on Monday. DH photo“There are complaints that facilities meant for children and women in post-natal care. Hence, the officers concerned must visit all the centres before submitting a report. The first of such reports must be submitted pertaining to anganwadi centres in Srinivaspur taluk, within September 30,” Zilla Panchayat president M Srinivas directed at the progress review meeting held here on Monday.

The president and the Chief Executive Officer G V Rangarao took the Deputy Director of Women and Child Welfare Department, Bhaskar, to task for not inspecting the anganwadi centres on a regular basis. They said that complaints have been received owing to poor superintendence.

Time sought

The Deputy Director, seeking a month’s time to submit the report, said that employees found guilty of dereliction of duty could be kept under suspension after receiving report from the Planning Officer. Two people have been dismissed from service in Bangarpet taluk, he disclosed.

Srinivas said that complaints have been received alleging that recruitment rules have been thrown into winds while granting permission for aided schools and that teaching experience is not being given due weightage while appointing teachers at aided schools. He asked the Deputy Director of Public Instruction, Prahlada Gowda, to visit such schools and submit a detailed report.

Chief Executive Officer G V Rangarao, obtained information from the officer in-charge of mid-day meal scheme that 21 gas cylinders meant for the scheme have been stolen across the district and five in Bangarpet. He directed the officer to discuss the issue with the Superintendent of Police, Kolar Gold Fields.

The failure on the part of the Social Welfare Department in taking possession of Ambedkar Bhavan even after fives years of its construction by Land Army Corporation and the delay by Zilla Panchayat Engineering Division in constructing hostel buildings invited the wrath of the president and the chief executive officer.

The officer representing the Land Army Corporation said that a letter has already been written to Social Welfare Department asking to take possession of the building and the latter is yet to respond. The in-charge officer for the Department, Prahlada Gowda informed that the possession would be taken at the earliest.

Date fixed

Not satisfied with the reply, ZP president Srinivas asked to fix a date for inaugurating the hostel buildings constructed at Nangali, Sulikunte and Sundarapalya in Bangarpet taluk and Ambedkar Bhavan in Mulbagal. Upon suggestion from the CEO, it was decided to inaugurate the buildings on Sep 25.

Zilla Panchayat engineer Devaraj said that the work on construction of hostel building at Guttahalli is yet to be completed and it may not be possible to handover the building within Sep 25. He also said that the work on the hostel near ETCM hospital would be completed in one week. The CEO Rangarao, however took exception to the time sought. “You had assured of completing the work in a week at the meeting held in March. Six months have elapsed and you are still repeating the same words,” he took the officer to task.

DH News Service

Drought loss put at Rs 51 crore

The Central Team for Drought Assessment has been informed that the district has suffered a loss of Rs 51 crore due to drought, Joint Director of Agriculture Department, Chikkanna told the Zilla Panchayat progress review meeting here on Monday.

Farmers are under distress due to paucity of rains. Fifty per cent of the crops sown in 68 pc of the land under cultivation in the district have failed. There is an apprehension of the yield declining by 70 to 75 pc this year. Sowing is yet to be completed in 32 pc of the cultivable land,” Chikkanna informed. The officer revealed that information on alternative crops is being given to farmers However, cultivation of such crops cannot be taken instantly, under the prevailing circumstances, he noted. 

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