'Pvt companies seek bribe to dig borewell'

Representatives of tribal communities from Hunsur and H D Kote taluks of Mysuru district have alleged that representatives of a company were demanding money for selecting locations to dig borewells. The borewells are being dug under various SC/ST schemes in the district.

Speaking at the review meeting SC/ST welfare schemes chaired by MP R Dhruvanarayan, Somanna from H D Kote informed that geologists were demanding up to Rs 1,000 for the same. Moreover, the borewells hence dug were installed with faulty water pumps and old wires, which had rendered them defunct in a short while. “Freshly painted old pumps are being installed. The illiterate tribal communities are being fooled,” Somanna alleged. 

Dhruvanarayan said that implementing officials should ensure the quality of pumps.
Deputy Commissioner, C Shikha, said that the number of beneficiaries were also less, which allowed the officials to conduct spot inspections. While representatives present in the meeting complained that no spot inspections have been conducted, officials said that following inspections, only works of three of the 135 borewells were found to be substandard.

Dhruvanarayan asked the officials to serve notices to the contractors, against demanding money from tribals and for the substandard works taken up by them.

Hostels
During the meeting, officials of the Social Welfare department were instructed to submit a comprehensive report on the state of hostels in the district. Dhruvanarayan, referring to his recent visits to hostels, said that basic facilities were found to be lacking in several hostels of the department.

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