'Action against capitation fees in schools'

Zilla Panchayat President D C Nagendra directed the Education department officials to take action against capitation fees in schools and also against the schools which have failed to provide basic facilities to students.

He was addressing a progress review meeting of the Karnataka Development Programme (KDP) at the ZP Hall, in the city, on Monday. The meeting was attended by district-level officials of various departments.

The issue of capitation fees was raised by Agriculture and Industries Standing Committee president K Mahadeva. “Private schools in the district charge a minimum of Rs 15,000 per student as capitation fees, but they have failed to provide even basic facilities to students,” he said.

Pointing out the poor performance of district in the SSLC exams, the ZP president directed the Education department officials to seek the cooperation of the Social Welfare department, as rural students stay in hostels, to achieve higher pass percentage in SSLC. “Action should be taken against schools, which have taken permission for only Kannada medium but are conducting classes in English medium,” he said.

Deputy Director for Public Instruction S Mamatha said, there were no complaints about violation of rules pertaining to medium of instruction in the district. Speaking about the SSLC pass percentage, she said, the results are affected due to poor attendance of students in schools. “Parents are being convinced by the teachers concerned to ensure higher attendance of students. Action will be initiated against capitation fees,” she said.

Toilets

Chief Executive Officer K H Narasimhamurthy directed the officials concerned to execute the project to construct 27 toilets for special children in various schools. He also directed the Food and Civil Supplies department officials to take action against gas agencies, which are overcharging domestic consumers for both new connections and also for refills, following an increase in complaints.

Following a demand by Standing Committee president K Mahadeva for bus facility for the Chikkallur jathra festivities, scheduled to be held on January 5,

Nagendra said, KSRTC officials should take steps to provide adequate bus services for the benefit of the devotees. He also directed the Road Transport department officials to take action against private bus operators, who ferry more passengers than permitted per trip. When the members drew the attention of the officials about the problems of the library in Nitte Grama Panchayat office, in Gundlupet taluk, District Libraries Officer Nagaveni said, the librarian Sundar Raj has been suspended for misusing the seal of the library.

Nagendra directed the official to provide the services of an alternative librarian for the benefit of the villagers.

CM to dedicate water project on Dec 26

Chief Minister Siddaramaiah will dedicate the second phase of drinking water project that will supply water from Kabini river to 20 lakes in Chamarajanagar, Gundlupet and Nanjangud taluks. Addressing a press meet in Chamarajanagar, District-in-charge Minister H S Mahadev Prasad said Konanuru, Halepura, Bendarawadi and Kerehalli lakes have been filled as part of the first phase. In the second phase, lakes at Maligere, Bedarapura, Shivagangekere, Kalanahundi, Nanjedevanapura, Tammadahalli, Anemaduvinakere will be supplied water. The project which is being taken up at a cost of Rs 253.58 crore, will benefit 1.50 lakh people in 52 villages. It will also revive the ground water table, and come as a boon to the livestock, the Minister added.

The CM is said to launch the programme at Kerehalli at 11 am on Dec 26. Ministers M B Patil, V Srinivas Prasad, H C Mahadevappa, S Tangadagi, MP R Dhruvanarayna, MLA C Puttarangashetty and others are expected to participate.

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