Rice at ` 1/kg from July 10

Rice at ` 1/kg from July 10

The State government’s ambitious project of supplying rice at Re 1 per kg to the BPL card holders will be flagged off in the district from July 10. The district administration should keep a stock of the required rice, said District-in- charge secretary Rajkumar Khatri.

Speaking at a review meeting at Old Fort hall in Madikeri on Saturday, he said Disrict-in-Charge Minister Dr H C Mahadevappa will inaugurate the ambitious project in the district. The Chief Minister has already given directions to the districts.

Reacting to it, food and civil supplies Deputy Director Dr S E Mahadevappa said that ration required for the Anthyodaya, BPL and APL card holders is being stocked in the district. “The required food grains will be made available by June 20. Godown at Kushalnagar can store 1,000 metric tonnes of food grains and FCI’s godown at Madikeri can stock 500 metric tonne grains. We have made all preparations for the supply of foodgrains under the public distribution system (PDS) from next month,” he said.

Check wild elephant menace

Khatri said that the forest department has submitted a proposal of Rs 25 crore to check elephant menace in the district. “I will discuss the issue with principal secretary to release funds to take up the work on constructing trenches, solar fences and growing bamboo inside forest.”          
        
Sowing seeds

Agriculture department Joint Director Ramakrishna said that paddy, maize seeds and required fertilisers have been stocked for the kharif season. Fertilisers and seeds will be distributed through cooperative societies. Tourism department Assistant Director Phaneesh said that to promote tourism, work on providing basic facilities at tourist spots have been taken up. About nine works have been completed.

Kundamestri

Expressing displeasure over the ambitious Kundamestri project, which aimed at supplying water to Madikeri town, Khatri said “the work is moving in snail’s pace. I will discuss with the authorities concerned.” CMC Commissioner M N Shashikumar said “the work on laying pipelines are in progress. Water will be stored by placing sand bags.”

Backward Classes and Minority Welfare Department officer Puttaraju said “Morarji Desai Residential school teachers have not received their salaries since February.”

No dengue        DHO Dr Shivakumar said that precautionary measures have been taken to check the spread of dengue in the district. Asha workers, anganwadi workers have been creating awareness on dengue. DDPI Basavaraju said that 77 per cent of the textbooks have reached the district. Textbooks for sixth and ninth standards have not reached the district. “We have already written to the commissioner,” he said.         

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