The Home Minister, who was on his way to Manchenahalli of Gauribidanur taluk to attend a private function spoke to reporters at Travellers’ Bungalow here on Saturday.
The minister said that detailed information on the problems in the district has been obtained from the Deputy Commissioner and Superintendent of Police. A meeting of the officers will be called within ten days in the presence of Revenue Minister Karunakara Reddy and district in-charge minister Dr Mumtaz Ali Khan to chalk out an action plan. A blue print of the development plan will be drawn for further course of action.
Referring to expansion of the district hospital, the minister said that at least ten acres of land is required for the upgrading the state-run health facility and the task is not possible at the present location. Suitable decision will be taken after discussions with the officers.
“Union Minister for Law and Justice Veerappa Moily has great interest in developing the district. He has assured to provide assistance from the Union government and the State government too would provide funds liberally,” he stated.
Earlier, Dr Acharya obtained information on the problems plaguing the district from the Deputy Commissioner and Superintendent of Police. He enquired on the irrigation facility for the district and the steps taken to contain raising fluorosis content in potable water in Bagepalli and Gudibande taluks.
Deputy Commissioner Anwar Pasha replied that water is being supplied to both towns from Chitravati reservoir constructed near Paragodu. A Rs 22-crore project is being implemented to supply safe drinking water to 120 villages in these taluks. Water will be supplied to 65 villages from the reservoir constructed near Vandavan. A sum of Rs 9 crore is being spent for this purpose.
Dr Acharya said that the roads in rural areas have been damaged and the government would provide special grants to rebuild such roads. Opining that the City needs a traffic police station, the minister asked the Superintendent of Police to submit a proposal in that behalf.
All the obstacles in the way of setting up a hi-tech dairy from National Dairy Development Board will be cleared and talks will be held with the Horticulture Minister to provide 15 acres of land in the horticulture farm near Nandi cross, Acharya said.
The Home Minister asked the Deputy Commissioner to call a meeting of officers of all the departments to chalk out an action plan to spur the development of the district.
Interacting with the BJP workers, Dr Acharya called upon the party cadre to give wide publicity on the development works taken up by the ruling party in the State. He suggested workers to focus on providing information relating to poor infrastructure in rural and urban areas of the district.
Special attention should be given to health services, streetlights, underground drainage and sanitation. “The villages in the district should be developed as ‘model clean villages.’ The party workers should function as a vital link between the people and elected representatives in achieving this task,” he noted.
Meanwhile, few workers expressed their dissatisfaction over the “mild” style of functioning of the district in-charge minister. They alleged that the officers in the district have no fear of anyone.
While officers used to give attention to the pleas of party workers even when the BJP government was not in power, now the concerns of workers are not being taken into consideration in spite of the party government in power, they pointed out. Acharya said that a meeting will be called in Bangalore to discuss the issue and suggested the workers to continue with their work till then.
BJP district unit president Ravinarayana Reddy, Agricultural Produce Marketing Committee president Agalagurki Chandrashekhar, vice-president Mohan Murali and others were present.