ZP flays Panchayat Raj Amendment Bill

'How can govt take such a move when it does not grant enough funds to GPs'

A resolution on opposing the Karnataka Panchayat Raj Amendment Bill was passed in the Zilla Panchayat general body meeting at ZP hall in Chikmagalur on Thursday. The bill makes provision for the disqualification of gram panchayat and ward sabha members who fail to convene gram panchayat and ward committee meetings for at least twice in a year.

In the meeting presided over by ZP President Rekha Huliyappa Gowda, Standing Committee President Shivashankar criticised the decision of the government to disqualify the members and questioned that how can the government which does not provide necessary grants to panchayats and wards has come forward to disqualify presidents and members.

MLA Y S V Datta said that despite the opposition to the bill, bill has been passed in the Assembly. “It is right on part of the panchayat members to oppose the bill and I have no objection if the panchayat decides to pass a resolution to the government against the bill,” he supported.

Water issue

Drinking water issue gained the attention in the meeting. ZP Member Kalmaradappa complained that though the drinking water problem continues to exist for last three months in the district, nothing has been done to solve the problem. The task force committee formed to address the problem, should also have ZP members, he insisted.

Deputy Commissioner V Yashwanth who arrived at the meeting said that Kadur and Tarikere taluks and two hoblis in Chikmagalur and Mudigere taluks have been announced as drought-hit areas in 2012-13. The government had released Rs 35.48 crore for the development of these areas, of which Rs 19.67 crore has been utilised and Rs 15.75 crore is yet to be distributed.

“Of the sanctioned amount, Rs 7.35 crore has been given to the Zilla Panchayat engineering section for taking up 1132 drinking water projects. A sum of Rs 1.55 crore has been handed over to animal husbandry department for supplying fodder to cattle. A sum of Rs 30 lakh each has been granted to Tarikere and Kadur taluks and Rs 10 lakh each has been provided to Chikmagalur and Mudigere taluks forsupplying drinking water to drought-hit villages. Water is supplied through tankers in 28 villages in Tarikere taluk, 37 villages in Kadur and 18 villages in Chikmagalur taluk,” the DC said.

ZP Member Kumar complained that electricity connection has not been provided to eight drinking water projects in Lakkavalli hobli in last eight years. He demanded to take action against the officers for not performing their duty.

Giving clarification, ZP CEO Shivashankar said that there was delay in carrying out few work due to the election code of conduct.

The government has now come forward to initiate the tender process to buy materials for electricity connection, he said.

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