Job scheme: Mysuru officials told to emulate Ch'nagar

District slips to 25th slot in NREGA works; neighbouring district in fourth place

Chamarajanagar MP R Dhruvanarayan on Tuesday mocked at officials in Mysuru and invited them to Chamarajanagar to take a leaf out of their counterparts’ books in his home district.

Dhruvanarayan, who was presiding over the quarterly District Vigilance and In-charge Committee meeting at Zilla Panchayat Hall here, was forced to draw an analogy between the styles of functioning of the officials in the neighbouring two districts on certain counts.

The first and foremost, the MP was peeved to learn that Mysuru district still remains sluggish at the 25th place in spending the amount sanctioned under Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (MGNREGA), when compared to Chamarajanagar in the fourth slot.

Though an estimated amount of Rs 54.20 crore has been sanctioned for Mysuru district, a measly Rs 5.5 crore has been utilised against Rs 8 crore spent in Chamarajanagar. As a result, Mysuru has slipped from the 21st slot to 25th slot. When some officials countered the MP saying that the district has jumped to the 18th slot, the MP dismissed their claims.
Second, though minute, cannot be ignored, given the newly-built hall with improved acoustics, that put the Mysuru district in shame. Whenever the officials rose to speak on microphone, it was still not audible and the snag recurred, compelling the MP to score a point.

Looking at ZP Chief Executive Officer P A Gopal, who was present on the dais, the MP invited Gopal to experience the facilities at Chamarajanagar ZP Hall that is also air-conditioned, only to evoke laughter among others.

Earlier, as soon as the MP walked into the hall, he was surprised to find that half of the hall was empty. Unmindful of the MP’s presence, some officials, glued to cellphones, were still dragging their foot into the hall, suffice to irk the former.

When the meeting began, the MP took the officials to task and directed the CEO to serve notice on late coming and absentee officials. He was annoyed to know that the heads of various departments like Social Welfare, Education, Sericulture, Youth Empowerment and Sports and Ayush, along with D Devaraja Urs Development Corporation, had failed to submit progress reports in advance.

DDPI H R Basappa had to eat his words when the MP took him to task for providing a misleading information. When the MP wanted to know about the status of Adarsha Vidyalaya works, the official claimed that cent per cent works have been completed in all the taluks. The MP sounded tough saying, “I have visited some schools and the works are yet to be completed. Do not go by the words of the lower rung officials”.

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