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Officials told to speed up work under MGREGA

Staff Correspondent

Vishwanath asks official to call a meeting of Kodagu MLAs


‘Projects taken up by Nirmiti Kendra in Kodagu are yet to be completed'

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Madikeri: A.H. Vishwanath, MP, on Tuesday directed the officials concerned to speed up work on the projects taken up under the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (MGREGA) in Kodagu.

He was presiding over the Central Vigilance and Monitoring Committee's review meeting at the Old Assembly Hall here.

Mr. Vishwanath said that adequate publicity had not been given to MGREGA projects in the district.

Chief Executive Officer of the zilla panchayat A.B. Ibrahim said that adequate publicity had been given to MGREGA in the district. President of the zilla panchayat V.M. Vijaya said MGREGA projects were being executed well in Kodagu.

Mr. Vishwanath asked Mr. Ibrahim to convene a meeting of MLAs from Kodagu within eight days to discuss MGREGA projects. He too would attend it.

Referring to the elephant menace in Kodagu, he asked the forest officials to utilise MGREGA funds to tackle it.

President of the Virajpet taluk panchayat and member of the district Central Vigilance and Monitoring Committee Sarita Poonacha said that the projects taken up by Nirmiti Kendra in Kodagu were yet to be completed. The officials concerned were not providing information on the projects taken up, she said.

Mr. Vishwanath, who took the Nirmiti Kendra officials to task, told them to show progress in the projects being executed.

B.S. Thammaiah, member of the District Vigilance and Monitoring Committee, said that irregularities had taken place in the supply of orange saplings and a departmental inquiry had come out with a false report.

Mr. Vishwanath said that he would write to the State Chief Secretary to initiate a proper inquiry into the matter.

The issue of giving “hakku patras” under the Scheduled Tribe and Other Traditional Forest Dwellers (Recognition of Rights) Act also came up for discussion. Integrated Tribal Development Project (ITDP) official said that of the 3,147 applications received in the district, only 808 were approved by the Forest Rights Committee. Of them, 202 people had been given “hakku patras”.

On the rejection of 707 applications of the tribal people living in hadis (settlements) in the Nagarahole National Park in Kodagu, the ITDP official said they were kept in abeyance as a survey of their areas was yet to be taken up. As far as granting community rights to the tribal people under the Act was concerned, 57 applications were being processed, he added.

T.P. Ramesh, member of the district Central Vigilance and Monitoring Committee, said that applications of the tribal people in the Nagarahole National Park had been rejected owing to lack of proof.

Mr. Vishwanath took exception to the work on Kushalnagar-Sunticoppa-Madikeri highway completed by Karnataka Road Development Corporation Limited (KRDCL). The highway had been damaged within three months of completion of work.

He summoned the officials of KRDCL to Madikeri on Wednesday to discuss the matter.

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