Corruption will be rooted out shortly, says Deve Gowda

Flays state government for failing to tackle drought in district

Former prime minister H D Deve Gowda said that a time to root out corruption done by the government would arrive and it was worth a wait of three or four months.

He was speaking at progress review meeting of central schemes at zilla panchayat auditorium on Monday in Hassan. He instructed the officials to provide complete report of schemes sanctioned by Centre.

He said that after declaring seven taluks of district as drought hit, go shalas were established only at Arsikere. “Few activities of the government confirmed its objectives.”

He alleged that Central government provided 33 kg rice per family while State government was distributing only four kg. “We would surely get time to mend the mistakes committed by the present government.”

He questioned officials of KEB department whether power supply in district was increased after excess of 1200 MW electricity was supplied from Nandikur of Udupi. “Or is the electricity being distributed equally to all 30 districts?”

Claiming that he had approved a project of 500MW power supply at Hassan, he asked the officials to provide information regarding that.

He condemned government for concentrating only on few districts neglecting the others. “There are no drought management works undertaken in Hassan even after the district was declared as drought hit.”

More go shalas

MLA Shivalinge Gowda said that go shalas at Arsikere district were functioning well and four more centers were required in taluk.

Citing that there was severe drinking water problem at more than 40 villages of district, he alleged that though Hemavathi drinking water project was approved two years ago, officials were spending time in tender procedures. “No permission is even given for new borewells.”

MLA H D Revanna, who arrived late to the meeting was charging the officials on all issues. He asked members of gram panchayats who were not working properly to take leave for few days.

MLA H S Prakash, HDCC bank president C N Balakrishna, ZP vice president Sulochana Ramakrishna, deputy commissioner Mohan Raj, superintendent of police Amit Singh and others were present.

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