Govt employees make use of DC's phone-in programme

Complaints on delay in salaries and medical advance received

The Deputy Commissioner’s phone-in-programme and public grievances meet held at the DC office, received a flurry of complaints, not only from the public, but also from employees of government departments, here, on Thursday.

Two calls from government employees, which came in a succession, prompted the DC C Shikha to instruct the officials concerned to ensure that such complaints does not spring up again during the phone-in-programme, meant for the benefit of people from rural areas.

Nagesh from Nanjangud taluk complained that some employees of the Agricultural department were yet to be paid their salaries. The Deputy Director for Agriculture said, salaries are being paid by the Zilla Panchayat and will be paid soon.

Another caller was Vijayalakshmi, a resident of T Narsipur. Her husband M Manu, a ‘D’ group employee with the department of Public Instruction, was critically ill, due to kidneys failure. 

“We had applied with the Block Education Officer concerned to provide medical advance for treatment,” she said. The DC instructed the DDPI to release medical advance to Manu.

Bad roads

Krishna, a resident of Saragur in H D Kote taluk, complained about encroachment on lakes and sorry state of roads in the region. “Even the main road, connecting Saragur and Handpost, is in a pathetic condition. A playground belonging to the Town Panchayat has also been encroached upon. 

Apart from this, several lakes are also being encroached,” he said.

Shikha said, complaints on encroachment will be investigated by the Zilla Panchayat CEO. 

On the poor condition of roads connecting Sargur, Public Works department officials said, road works have already been tendered with a deadline for the contractor to complete the works by Feb 28, 2014. It was also noted, during the phone-in, that several road repair works in rural areas were given to one contractor, delaying works on the road connecting Handpost to Saragur. The DC said, the contractor should employ more employees and machines to complete works on time.

Quarrying

B Kumaraswamy, a resident of Kodchige village in H D Kote taluk, complained about illegal quarrying activities. “Blasting activities are going on rampantly about seven kilometers from the village, on a land belonging to one Chikkamadu,” he said. The DC asked him to lodge a complaint against quarrying with the nearest police station and instructed the Mines and Geology department officials to look into the issue.

The phone-in-programme suffered a technical glitch. So, a few people, who called during the first ten minutes, could not register complaints.

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