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Special food-for-work programme in eight taluks of Hassan district

By Our Staff Correspondent

HASSAN, NOV. 27. As many as 459 works will be taken up in eight taluks of Hassan district under the Union Government's special food for work programme. The Minister for Public Works and Energy, H.D. Revanna said here today that Rs. 2.35 crores had been sanctioned for the purpose.

After holding a review meeting of scarcity works in the district, he told presspersons that the authorities concerned at taluk levels had been directed to complete the pending works under the scheme without delay.

The Deputy Commissioner, K.H. Ashwthanarayana Gowda, would review the progress of the works on a weekly basis and action would be initiated against officials who failed to comply with the directions. The district administration had chalked out a plan to complete the scarcity programmes in 45 days, he added.

New works

As many as 367 new works had been identified in the district at an estimated cost of Rs. 2.69 crores and a proposal in this regard had been sent to the Government. The officials concerned had been instructed against using machinery in the scarcity work programmes. He said that stern action would be initiated in case of violation of norms.

The required quantity of foodgrains with matching funds had been released for the purpose, he added. Different works including the removal of silt in village tanks, water harvesting and laying of roads would be taken up under the scheme he said.

Power supply assured

Replying to a question on power supply to rural areas, he said that the Government was committed to its common minimum programme (CMP) with regards power supply and 10 hours (6 hours in the day and 4 hours at night) of uninterrupted power would be supplied to rural areas.

The Government was making efforts to tackle the possibility of power shortage in summer, he added.

Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan

Participating in a programme in Holenarsipur, he said that, Rs. 4.75 crores had been sanctioned to the district for the implementation of the "Sarva Shikshana Abhiyan" programme.

He directed the authorities concerned to take up work under the scheme at the earliest.

He said that two pre-university colleges would be sanctioned in Holenarsipur by March 2005.

He added that Rs. 2.5 crores had been released in eight taluks to undertake repair works at various schools and colleges.

Media centre

Mr. Revanna who visited the Department of Information in Hassan on Saturday said that a media centre would be set up in the city within fifteen days to help the Karnataka Union of Working Journalists' conduct "Meet the Press" programmes.

He had directed the Superintendent of the Public Works Department, Nayak, to take up repairs of the building and beautification of the surrounding areas immediately.

The Deputy Commissioner, K.H. Ashwathanarayana Gowda, and Information Officer, K.R. Thope Gowda, were present.

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