Separate cadre needed to empower rural devt dept: Shettar

Separate cadre needed to empower rural devt dept: Shettar

Speaking after inaugurating the various developmental programmes initiated under Suvarna Gramodaya Yojane here at the twin villages of Neere and Bailur in a programme jointly organised by the Udupi Zilla Panchayath, Karkala Taluk Panchayath, Udupi PWD and Panchayath Raj Engineering Sub Division, Karkala on Friday, he said deputing officials from other departments to discharge the duties in the rural development department has caused more mess and has been a major barrier to perform the responsibilities. The government is determined to strengthen the Panchayath Raj system in the entire State. Local self government will be given major thrust for all round development of rural areas. Developmental programmes will be initiated through Gram Sabhas to exert more confidence in the system, he said.

Shettar said that the Chief Minister will take an immediate decision on power shortage to overcome the problem in the coming days. If the earlier governments had a vision of self sufficiency, the current problem would not have arisen. As exams are fast approaching, it is inevitable to take a serious note on the problem. Arrangements will be made to achieve self sufficiency within next five years, he added. He said that a delegation from different parts of the states especially from the Northern Karnataka region will be asked to visit Udupi and Dakshina Kannada districts in order to go through the process of early implementation of developmental programmes announced by the government. Gujarat has nearly achieved 40 per cent success in introducing Nirmal Gram Yojana. The coastal belt is known for its awareness on sanitation and hygiene. As many as 245 villages, including 29 of the Karkala Taluk  have been selected for the Nirmal Gram Puraskar. Most of the villages in the State are still in the first phase of Suvarna Gramodaya Yojana. The National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme is successful in the State. The target for the year is Rs 2,800 crore, of which Rs 1,925 crore has been already utilised for the purpose. Attempts will be made to solve the drinking water woes in the State. New proposals towards solving the problem will be considered.  Speaking on the occasion, Home Minister Dr V S Acharya said that Rs 15 crore has been earmarked for Suvarna Gramodaya project in the State. Nearly 1,200 villages are the beneficiaries of the programme. Each village is being given Rs 1 crore to provide basic infrastructural amenities, he added.

Udupi-Chikamagalur MP D V Sadananda Gowda, Karkala MLA Gopal Bhandary, MLC Kota Srinivas Poojary, ZP President Gladys Almeida, Former Karkala MLA Suneel Kumar and others were present.
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‘Development of naxal areas’
“The government is committed to overall development in the naxal prone areas of the State. Priority is given to build the basic infrastructure and other needy amenities in the areas,” said Rural Development and Panchayath Raj Minister Jagdish Shettar.
Speaking to the media persons on the sidelines of the inaugural ceremony of various development programmes on Friday, he said that discussions will be held with all the concerned, especially with the people’s representatives of the areas before announcing the special packages to the naxal hit areas.
Speaking on the occasion, Udupi-Chikmagalur MP D V Sadananda Gowda accused the Centre of following biased attitude towards State government. The Central government has not taken seriously the report given by the State government concerning the problems of naxal affected areas. Naxal areas have been completely neglected. State has submitted an effective report and centre failed to analyse it. The Centre should not show off its party politics when it is a very serious and sensitive issue, he added.

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