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Officials told to expedite project work

By Our Staff Correspondent

MADIKERI NOV. 29. V. Dhananjaya Kumar, MP, on Saturday called upon the implementing officials of Centrally-sponsored schemes in Kodagu to take steps to complete the works by the next financial year.

He directed the Deputy Commissioner to convene a special meeting to review the implementation of the Indira Awas Yojna (IAY). Presiding over a meeting of the Vigilance and Monitoring Committee to review the progress made under programmes such as Swajaladhara scheme, the IAY, and the Prime Minister's Gram Sadak Yojna (PMGSY), he said the officers of the Government of India would conduct surprise visits to monitor the works being carried out.

Experts from the KERC, Suratkal, would keep track of the quality of works. He told the executive officers of Madikeri, Somwarpet, and Virajpet taluks to take up a special drive to complete the construction of houses under the IAY.

The Deputy Secretary of the Kodagu Zilla Panchayat, Mahadevaiah, said 2,950 houses had been built under the scheme until now. As many as 603 houses were under different stages of construction. Funds worth Rs. 74.71 lakh was available under the scheme for Kodagu, of which Rs. 56.17 lakh had been spent, he said.

H.D. Basavaraju, former MLA and member of the committee, sought to know the reasons for not completing work on houses being built under the scheme.

The Minister of State for Muzrai, Suma Vasant, said the occupation of forest land had hampered the progress in providing title deeds to the beneficiaries of the scheme.

The Deputy Commissioner, Srikant Valagad, noted that if less than 80 per cent progress was achieved under the IAY, the Centre could cut the grants and the number of beneficiaries to the district. The MP expressed dissatisfaction at the progress made in the "Stream I" of the Sampoorna Gram Rozgar Yojana (covering taluk panchayats and parts of ZP), for which the Centre had released money and foodgrains.

He instructed the executive officers to ensure the completion of the projects by December. Mr. Basavaraju and another member of the committee, Machimada Ravindra, alleged that some beneficiaries had been selected from the same family in B. Shettigeri in Virajpet taluk. In the Kanur panchayat, ponds that had been dug for desilting had been rendered useless.

The MP asked the Virajpet Executive Officer to look into the charges. The officials had achieved good progress in Stream-II of the scheme in terms of utilisation of funds, Mr. Kumar said.

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