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Farmers being harassed at Revenue offices, charges former Minister

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Nagarajaiah said many doctors were not residing in places where they had been posted, and hence were not available to the people.

TUMKUR: D. Nagarajaiah, MLA and former Minister, has said it has become difficult for farmers to get their work done at the Revenue Department offices.

Presiding over an official meeting convened to review development works on Tuesday, Mr. Nagarajaiah alleged that corruption was rampant in the department.

He charged that officials were forcing farmers to come through agents for any work.

Citing an instance of creation of fake title deeds, he said the signature of a farmer of Gowdagere in Yediyur hobli of Kunigal taluk was forged by officials and the khata of a land owned by him transferred.

It was later revealed that the farmer had died long ago. He directed the police to register a criminal case against the officials.

Pointing out that service in government hospitals was far from satisfactory, Mr. Nagarajaiah said many doctors were not residing in places where they had been posted, and hence not available to the people.

In hostels run by the Department of Social Welfare, the MLA said he had found that excess grant had been drawn by providing false statistics. He called for a detailed probe into the matter.

Mr. Nagarajaiah asked engineers of Bangalore Electricity Supply Company to strengthen power transmission lines. "Electric poles in villages are on the verge of falling, endangering the lives of people," he said.

Crops affected

Mr. Nagarajaiah said paddy and sugarcane crops in the Markonahalli reservoir command area had been affected by disease. Insecticides should be supplied to farmers, he said.

"Fertilizers and chemicals are being sold to farmers at high prices," he said and accused officials of the Department of Agriculture of conniving with the traders. He asked officials of the Department of Education to repair school buildings and anganwadis.

Bus service

Mr. Nagarajaiah urged officials of the Karnataka State Road Transport Corporation to reintroduce bus services between Kunigal and Ramanagaram. "Cancellation of the service," he said, "had annoyed the public."

Mr. Nagarajaiah said that district-level officers of 29 departments had been notified about the meeting, but officials of only 14 of them had come. He ordered issuance of "show-cause notices" to officials of 15 departments for their absence. "Official apathy towards development works and disrespect towards people's representatives will be viewed seriously," he warned.

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