Officials told to address drinking water crisis

The taluk-level officials were directed to take steps to solve drinking water crisis, procure and provide fodder to cattle and to increase the enrolment under crop insurance schemes.

The directions were issued during the progress review meeting of the Karnataka Development Programme (KDP) at the Taluk Panchayat at the Mini Vidhana Soudha here on Tuesday. The meeting was chaired by taluk panchayat president Kalamma Kemparamaiah.

Vice President N B Manju pointed out that drinking water problem has aggravated in Ananduru, Kalluru and Shivamurthynagar.

“Officials say that there are seven borewells in Ananduru, but only three of them are functional,” he pointed out.

Kalamma said officials should give priority to drinking water. “Villages lack cleanliness. Drainages have choked due to collection of silt and garbage. There is problem of streetlights also. Negligence on the part of the officials will not be tolerated,” she said.

Assistant Director for Veterinary department Dr Thirumalegowda said that fodder banks have been set up and farmers are being provided with fodder for their cattle. The fodder is being purchased from farmers at Rs 6,000 per tonne,” he said.

‘Negligence of officials’

Kalamma accused the officials of neglecting the people’s representatives. She said that TP members were not invited for the inaugural function of the fodder bank at Jayapura.

Executive Officer Lingarajaiah said the officials should invite the people’s representatives to all government functions under their jurisdiction as per protocol.

He warned officials of stern action in the case of violation of guidelines.

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