Namoshi grills officials for pathetic work

The drinking water crisis in Kolar is more severe than in districts like Raichur, Gulbarga and Bidar

 He was speaking after conducting a  progress review meet of the Special Development Plan at Zilla Panchayat auditorium in Kolar on Wednesday. He took officials to task and was not satisfied with their answers.

 The SC/ST Corporation has been sanctioned Rs 3.5 crore for sinking borewells and for providing electrification to SC/ST houses. However, there has been no progress, observed Namoshi.

 When Namoshi questioned the official, the official failed to give a comprehensive answer. Namoshi then called for action against the official sighting that he (official) had failed in implementing the scheme ment for the upliftment of the SC/ST people.

Dismiss official?

The official had been deputed from Karnataka Land Army for the implementation of the scheme. He directed the ZP CEO Ranga Rao to either dismiss the official or to depute him back to his original department.

The funds under housing scheme have also not been utilised. Though Rs 9.68 crore has been released there is no progress and benefits have not reached the target group, expressed Namoshi who took the officials working under the Zilla panchayat to task for not implementing the project properly.

‘Work diligently’

Namoshi said that the officials should work diligently as Special Development Plan is not permanent.

The drinking water crisis isn’t has severe in Raichur, Gulbarga and Bidar as it is Kolar. The ground water isn’t available even at depths below 1000 feet, said Namoshi who promised to discuss the drinking water crisis in Kolar at a State-level discussion.

The development works carried under the Department of Rural Development and Pachayat Raj were also reviewed.

Additional work

The construction cost of one km road has been hiked to Rs 20 lakh from Rs 4.5 lakh, said Namoshi who directed additional work to be taken up under the scheme.

Committee member A R Krishnamurty expressed concern over the absence of large number of officials from 21 departments.

‘Officials negligent towards regional imbalances’

The officials concerned and the people’s representatives are being inefficient in utilising the State’s Special Development Plan Fund, instituted based on Dr D M Nanjundappa, report to address the issue of regional imbalances. There is also lack of coordination in utilisation of funds, said  Dr Shashil G Namoshi, who heads panel to implement report.
He was addressing the media , on Wednesday, after the progress review meet of the district’s Special Development Plan in Kolar.

The officials concerned and the people’s representatives should be aware of the important developmental issues plaguing the district and should work towards the implementation of relevant projects, he added.

In the year 2008-09 a plan of Rs 2,547 crore was developed out of which 1,739 crore was sanctioned. Out of the amount sanctioned  Rs 1,352 crore was utilised. In 2007-08 a plan of Rs 1,571 crore was developed out of which Rs 933 crore was utilised, he explained.

It is saddening to know that water is unavailable even after drilling the borewell upto 1,000 metres in the district. It has been decided to send in a suggest to the government to ban drilling of borewells, after an alternate arrangement is provided, he observed.
Rs 2,578 crore has been allocated in the budget for the SDP for the year 2009-10. The entire amount needs to be utilised appropriately. The amount will be distributed among 19 departments and so far proposals for 60 schemes have been collected. The officials concerned can submit the remaining proposals  by June end, said Dr Namoshi.

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