CCTV cameras to be installed at girls' hostels, says officer

CCTV cameras will be installed in all the girls hostels coming under the department of Backward Classes and Minorities, said BCM officer K V Suesh.

Speaking at a a monthly Karnataka Development Programme (KDP) review meeting in Madikeri on Tuesday, he said that to increase the pass percentage, the use of mobile phones by the students has been restricted.

There are 37 hostels in the district, of which 11 hostels have permanent warden while 26 hostels have wardens appointed on contract-basis. A few wardens have been given additional responsibility. Sites have been made available for the construction of four hostels in Madikeri and one in Kushalnagar, he said.

Vice president Lokeshwari Gopal said, “Two hostels in Somwarpet are situated nearby. The boys and girls spend time in chatting. The hostels should be inspected immediately.”

Replying to it, Somwarpet executive officer Chandre Gowda said that he had visited the hostel run by Social Welfare department recently and the taluk officer has been served with a notice.

“Though only eight students are residing in the hostel, the attendance book shows 28 students. Even the quality of food served in the hostel was not upto the mark.”
Standing committee president Viju Subramani said the warden of a hostel in Virajpet visits the hostel in inebriated condition. If his behaviour continues, he will be made to undergo medical examination and action would be initiated against him following medical test.

Percolation pits
Agriculture department joint director K Ramappa said that percolation pits will be dug in farmers land to recharge ground water table. Percolation pits will be dug in four gram pancahayts in Madikeri, four in Somwarpet and two in Virajpet. The state government has released Rs 38 lakh for the purpose.

President of standing committee on Education Shashi Subramani said that teachers go for training during examination. This will have an impact on the results. No training should be imparted to teachers after December. He warned of writing to primary and seconadary education minister in this regard. DDPI Basavaraj said that DIET has received the grant recently which needs to be utilised before March. Hence, training programme was organised for teachers.

The zilla panchayat president directed the CEO to ensure that all the schools and anganwadi centres have toilet facilities.

Official from Mines and Geology said that 21 sand bars have been identified in the district. Permission would be given for the transportation of sand by January end.
ZP CEO Charulatha Somal said that the 3% fund earmarked for the welfare of disabled persons should be utilised effectively.
DH News Service

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