2,473 beneficiaries may get nod to start house construction before Feb 28

Govt issues order on 'one time relaxation,' says Ramanath Rai at KDP meet

2,473 beneficiaries may get nod to start house construction before Feb 28

As many as 2,473 government housing scheme beneficiaries in Dakshina Kannada district will get an opportunity to start the construction of their blocked houses before February 28. The government has issued an order in this regard last month giving one time relaxation to beneficiaries to start the construction work of the houses that were blocked in the past for not commencing the work within 90 days of sanctioning, as per the prescribed norms.

 Revealing information at the tri-monthly KDP meeting at the Zilla Panchayat hall on Thursday, ZP planning officer said that highest number of 1,357 houses under Basava, Indira Awas and Vajapayee Housing Schemes are blocked in Puttur taluk, followed by 623 houses in Sullia. The beneficiaries have been given one month time to commence the work and the work progress will be uploaded online through GPS technology. If the construction work of the houses is not started within the relaxation period, those houses will be blocked again, he said.

Chairing the meeting, District-in-Charge Minister B Ramanath Rai directed the officials to ensure that the housing board guidelines are followed in spirit. It is the responsibility of the officers to guide the beneficiaries in a right way, failing which action will be taken against taluk panchayat executive officers, he warned.

Compensation for areca growers

On the issue of distribution of relief fund to areca growers affected with fruit-rot disease, Horticulture department deputy director said that a compensation of Rs 20 crore has been distributed to  marginal areca farmers in the district.

Of the released amount, the department has distributed Rs 1.52 crore to 2,552 farmers in Mangalore taluk and Moodbidri, Rs 2.9 crore to 6,664 farmers in Bantwal taluk, Rs 4.28 crore to 9,891 farmers in Puttur taluk and Kadaba, Rs 7.38 crore to 10,552 farmers in Sullia and Rs 2.95 crore to 6,878 farmers in Belthangady taluk.

The government has released an additional Rs one crore to bail out the marginal areca farmers from the impeding trouble, said Deputy Commissioner A B Ibrahim. A proposal has been sent to the government, seeking a relief fund of additional Rs 10 crore to be distributed to the areca farmers with large holdings.
Report on BEO case

The District-in-Charge Minister directed the Deputy Commissioner to submit a detailed report on the incident of a block education officer collapsing allegedly due to the constant questions and allegations levelled against her by a taluk panchayat member at the KDP meeting of Belthangady TP recently. Zilla Panchayat President Koragappa Naik flayed the officials for boycotting the same meeting, following the incident.

The ZP Chief also took the forest department officials for task, for refraining the scheduled tribe members residing in Banjarumale in Belthangady taluk, from walking on the road that connects Charmady. Nails have been fixed on the road making it difficult for the villagers to walk, he alleged. When he demanded the department to let open the road for public use and also develop it, Ramanath Rai who is also the Forest minister, said the road could not be developed as it comes under the national park.

MLAs J R Lobo, Shakunthala Shetty, Zilla Panchayat CEO Tulasi Maddineni, Superintendent of Police Shanthanu Sinha and others were present.

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