Chief Minister Siddaramaiah on Tuesday directed all assistant commissioners (ACs) to hold ‘pension adalats’ at the hobli-level every month to address grievances of beneficiaries of various government social security schemes.
Briefing reporters on the concluding day of the two-day meeting of deputy commissioners (DCs) and chief executive officers (CEOs) of zilla panchayats, Siddaramaiah said he has instructed officials that all backlog pension arrears should be cleared within one month.
New applications received for social security pensions would be processed within one month. The schemes mainly pertain to old age pension, widow pension and disability pension.
Tahsildars will be held responsible for encroachment of government land in their jurisdiction, he said. Instructions had been issued that all vacant government land should be fenced. A comprehensive survey of government land across the State would be taken up soon. The report of task force on government land encroachment headed by V Balasubramanian will be placed before the Cabinet soon, he added.
He had directed the DCs and CEOs to take steps to mitigate the scarcity of drinking water supply. Additional borewells would be drilled and water supplied through tankers, the chief minister said. DCs have also been told to give priority for employment generation. The government’s flagship programme of providing rice at Re 1 per kg would commence on June 1. A total of 2.4 lakh metric tonnes of rice was required per month.
The present allotment to the State from the Centre is about 1.7 lakh metric tonne per month. The government will approach the Centre for additional allocations, he said.