CM promises permanent solution for Endo victims

CM promises permanent solution for Endo victims

Govt contemplating special package to victims, says Shettar

Chief Minister Jagadish Shettar promised to provide a permanent solution to the problems faced by Endosulfan victims in Dakshina Kannada district.

Addressing media persons during his first ever visit to Mangalore after assuming charge as the Chief Minister, on Saturday, he said he was aware of the seriousness of the situation. “Though the government had given compensation to the Endosulfan victims earlier, some of the victims have been left out of the benefit. Hence, the government is
contemplating to announce a special package to the Endosulfan victims,” he informed.

The CM also assured that he would study the Kerala model compensation and decide of implementing the package after holding discussions. “I have taken cognisance of the demands of the Endo victims. The demands and measures to tackle them will be discussed in a meeting that is convened at Bangalore on Saturday evening,” said Shettar.

On providing rehabilitation package to the displaced families of Kuduremukh National Park, he said he has already convened a meeting of the Deputy Commissioner and elected representatives of the district. “As the matter is pertaining to Dakshina Kannada, Udupi and Chikmagalur districts, I will convene a separate meeting of the district-in-charge ministers and MLAs to decide on the rehabilitation package.”

When asked about the delay in appointment of SHRC Chairperson and Lokayukta in the State, he said the appointment process of SHRC Chairperson is under progress and the case on appointment of Lokayukta is at Supreme Court now.

Mangala auditorium opens

Jagadish Shettar inaugurated Mangalore City Corporation Council hall-’Mangala auditorium,’ built at a cost of Rs one crore, here on Saturday. Inaugurating the hall, the CM announced that in the backdrop of the success of 24X7 water supply model in Hubli, Belgaum, Dharwad and Gulbarga cities, the government has decided to introduce the scheme in MCC too. The 24X7 water supply scheme would help in cost cutting to a large extent, he said.

He also assured of releasing extra grant for Thumbe vented dam project in order to complete the work before December.  “I am also contemplating upon bringing decentralisation of power in the administration and would entrust more responsibility on the MCC Commissioner by increasing the grants,” said Shettar.

The CM also symbolically laid the foundation stone for Ambedkar Bhavan at the MCC function. Ambedkar Bhavan would be constructed at Urva Store at a cost of Rs four crore of which Rs two crore has been already released.

Earlier, Shettar also laid foundation stone for musical fountain at Kadri Park.
State Law and Urban Development Minister S Suresh Kumar was the chief guest. District-in-Charge Minister C T Ravi, Deputy Speaker N Yogish Bhat, MP Nalin Kumar Kateel and others were present.

Corporator Shashidhar Hegde read out a memorandum to the Chief Minister on behalf of the Corporation. Their demands include, complete the vented dam and UGD work, quick settlement of drainage related work, implementation of Solid Waste Management scheme among others.

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