'Aug 15 last date to submit photos for voter ID cards'

15,443 persons yet to give photos in Mangalore

Addressing the Taluk Panchayat general body meeting on Tuesday, Tahshildar Manjunath said that as far as works of updating voters’ list with photograph is concerned Mangalore Taluk Panchayat is lagging behind.

“August 15 is the last date for voters to submit their photographs. In case they fail to do so, then their names will be deleted from the list,” he said, informing that in Mudabidri constituency 12,612 voters should have given their photograph but only 7,718 have been collected so far, leaving 4,894 voters pending. In Mangalore North constituency only 11,435 voters have submitted while 9,699 are pending. In Mangalore constituency 8,342 have submitted while 5,744 are pending.

Sand mining

Taluk Panchayat members said that illegal sand mining has left poor families in a fix because they have not been able to meet the required quantity of sand for house construction.

Endorsing the view of the members, even TP President Ramachandra Kumpala said that though GPRS has been installed in sand lorries, illegal mining has been going on unabated. Responding to the same, Tahshildar said that District Administration has done what best it could to curb illegal sand mining and now it is the duty of the common man to help district administration in stopping illegal sand mining.

“It is said that sand is taken till Talapady and dumped. This sand is later dispersed to Kerala. People should give reliable information about the movement of sand to the District Administration so that action can be taken against the violators,” he said.

Quorum

As usual Taluk Panchayat meeting on Tuesday too could not be started on time due to lack of quorum. Though the President and couple of members came to the hall, Vice-President and many members did not turn up on time. Though the Quorum was filled with members walking in leisurely according to their own convenience, one of the members took the mike to comment that Taluk Panchayat meeting which always faces quorum problem should fid way out.

“We should probably start calling out ‘TP meeting’ aloud in the same way as the conductors in city buses call out names of destinations. This might solve out quorum problem,” member suggested with a tone of mockery.

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