‘Ban Hindutva organisations’

The president of the Kodagu District Congress Committee, Veena Achaiah, has said the Government should impose a ban on “Hindutva organisations for creating ‘anarchy’ in the State, including attacks on churches”.

Speaking to presspersons here on Monday, she said after the Bharatiya Janata Party assumed power in the State, several churches had been attacked. Chief Minister B.S. Yeddyurappa had failed to rein in the “divisive” forces responsible for spreading violence in society. So, the Congress party would petition the Governor to dismiss the Yeddyurappa government in the State, she said.

Members of the Kodagu District Congress will stage a dharna in front of the office of the Deputy Commissioner here on February 10 to register their protest against the “misrule of the State Government”, she added.

-The Hindu

Man found dead at home-stay facility

A 38-year-old man was found dead with his throat slit in the workers’ quarters of a home-stay facility near Sudarshan Circle here on Tuesday.

The police identified the dead as Prasanna.

Prasanna, his wife and two young sons, were working as assistants at the home-stay facility since the last few days.

Prasanna had worked at a hotel near Bangalore sometime ago but had come back to work at a home-stay facility at Talatmane, near here, before taking up the new job, according to his father, Annaiah.

According to the Madikeri Town Sub-Inspector of Police, Durga, Prasanna’s wife, Deena, and her second son had hid themselves in the toilet, reportedly to escape the wrath of Prasanna who had taken to drinking and beating her up.

Prasanna’s elder son had gone with his uncle who had visited them on Monday night.

Deena is being interrogated by the police.

Mr. Annaiah has lodged a complaint with the Madikeri Town police.

This is the second incident of murder in a home-stay facility in the recent past. A man from Mysore, who was running a home-stay facility at Mekeri, near here, was found murdered last month.

-The Hindu

People in rural areas to get healthcare on the doorstep

Madikeri: People in rural areas of the State will soon get medical services on the doorstep with the introduction of mobile “mini-hospitals”, Health Minister B. Sriramulu said here on Tuesday.

He was addressing presspersons at the District Hospital here after visiting several wards and interacting with patients.

The mobile medical services could be availed of by dialling 104, Mr. Sriramulu said.

The facility will benefit people in remote areas who do not have access to medical services.

Besides, the Arogya Raksha health insurance scheme was being implemented on a pilot basis in the districts of Bellary, Koppal, Raichur, Bidar and Yadgir, he said. Under the scheme, over 16 lakh poor people from below the poverty line families could avail themselves of treatment for nearly 400 diseases in speciality hospitals up to an extent of Rs. 2 lakh.

This scheme had proved that the Bhartiya Janata Party Government had concern for the poor in the State, he said.

Chief Minister B.S. Yeddyurappa would be requested to earmark Rs. 300 crore in the next budget for the scheme, the Minister said.

The Arogya Kavacha scheme in which ambulances could be called by dialling 108 was being implemented well, Mr. Sriramulu said. Over 1.2 crore calls had been made to 108 so far and 3.02 lakh lives had been saved, the Minister said.

The Minister warned that if any doctor was found prescribing medicines for purchase from outside the hospital, they would be suspended.

When presspersons told the Minister about problems in the District Hospital, Mr. Sriramulu asked the Deputy Commissioner to look into them. Problems such as corruption, dysfunctional ultrasound scanner, and lack of intensive care unit (ICU), and dialysis and telemedicine facilities were brought to his notice by presspersons.

The Minister, responding to Madikeri MLA M.P. Appachu Ranjan’s request, agreed to fill vacant posts of doctor at the District Hospital by the month-end.

Kodagu district in-charge Minister Krishna Palemar, president of the Kodagu Zilla Panchayat (ZP) V.M. Vijaya, vice-president Anita, president of the ZP standing committee on education and health Manu Muthappa, Deputy Commissioner K.H. Ashwatha Narayana Gowda, Superintendent of Police Manjunath Annigeri, District Surgeon Ajith Kumar, District Health Officer, Shivaram Naik, and doctors were present.

-The Hindu

Traffic movement restricted on Sunticoppa-Madikeri Road

 Kodagu Deputy Commissioner K.H. Ashwatha Narayana Gowda said that movement of traffic on the Sunticoppa-Madikeri Road has been restricted as development work has been taken up.

This stretch is part of the Mysore-Bantwal Road upgradation programme. The Kushalnagar-Sunticoppa-Madikeri-Sampaje roads come under the project in Kodagu district.

Accordingly, all vehicles coming from Sunticoppa to Madikeri would have to take the Gaddehalla-Mathicad-Ponnathmotte-Chettalli-Turkarahatti-Kadagadal-Neerukolli road to reach Madikeri.

All vehicles from Madikeri proceeding towards Sunticoppa would have to go via Aranya Bhavan, Sampigekatte, Karnangeri, Makkandur, Kandanakolli, Hattihole, Madapur, Jamboor junction to reach Sunticoppa.

The Divisional Engineer, Karnataka Road Development Corporation Limited, Mysore, which is executing the project has been asked to put up large signboards in Kannada and English informing the commuters that the road is closed for taking up works and that they should take a detour.

However, permission would be granted to the Karnataka State Road Transport Corporation to ply two mini buses on the Sunticoppa-Madikeri Road. Light motor vehicles carrying schoolchildren and ambulances would be allowed 8to operate as usual. Two-wheelers have been exempted from any restriction and they can ply as usual.

Mr. Gowda has asked the Superintendent of Police to put up barricades at the Chaingate here and at Gaddehalla, near Sunticoppa, to enforce the restrictions. In a release, Additional Deputy Commissioner K.M. Chandre Gowda said that light motor vehicle-users could obtain passes from the district administration to commute on Sunticoppa-Madikeri Road.

-The Hindu

Organic farming to be popularised

Madikeri: The president of the Karnataka State Savayava Krishi Mission, A.S. Anand, said here on Thursday that efforts were being made to popularise organic farming in the State with the formation of a group of 300 farmers to work in this regard.

Mr. Anand was speaking after inaugurating the “Banuli Krishi Belagu” programme here involving farmers at a workshop on the topic “Good Agricultural Practice and Good Marketing Practice of Spices” here.

The future generation cannot be made to eat ‘poison’, he said, referring to the use of chemical fertilizers in agricultural operations. Mr. Anand expressed concern at the abandonment of agriculture operations due to various reasons such as shortage of labour and farmers dissuading children from taking up agriculture.

Ramesh Muddaiah, president of the Madikeri Agriculture Produce Marketing Committee (APMC), said if the farmers got the right price for their produce they would not have to ask the Government for special relief packages. As India lived on the strength of its villages, the Government should come to the rescue of the farmers who exploited by middlemen, he added.

Vijaya Haran, Director of the Mysore Station of All India Radio, recounted how the AIR stations had been helping farmers by organising and educating them through agriculture-related programmes.

Gajaraj and the Kodagu District Information Officer Vinod Chandra released ‘Negila Yogi’, an in-house magazine of the AIR.

Assistant Director of the Madikeri Station of AIR Indira Yesupriya Gajaraj, president of the Gonicoppa APMC Bose Mandanna, president of the Kushalnagar APMC Sheshappa and N. Keshava Murthy from the Mysore AIR spoke on the occasion.

Anke Gowda from the Indian Institute of Spices Research, Appangala, near here, Shivaram and Swathy, both from the Chettalli Horticultural Experimental Station, were present. The programme was organised by the AIR Stations of Madikeri and Mysore.

– The Hindu

Ex-servicemen urged to be active socially

Major General Nitin Kohli, General Officer Commanding-in-Chief, Southern Command, has called upon the ex-servicemen to involve themselves in social activities since their experience could benefit the community as a whole.

Major General Nitin Kohli was interacting with ex-servicemen at the Employees Contributory Health Scheme (ECHS) Polyclinic here on Thursday. Describing ex-servicemen as a “unique community”, Gen. Kohli said the Government has given the best of facilities to them in terms of medical care.

He urged the Manager of the ECHS, Col. Nanaiah (retd.), to put up an information chart on the notice board about the recommendations of the Sixth Pay Commission for the benefit of the ex-servicemen. Certain rules had changed and every retired personnel and officer should be made aware of the recommendations of the Sixth Pay Commission, he said.

Maj. Gen. Kohli said that a complex to house both the ECHS and the sub-area canteen, besides shopping mall, could be constructed here provided land was identified for the purpose. He was surprised to find that very few ex-service personnel had registered under the ECHS in Kodagu. He said others should get their names registered and avail of the benefits.

Maj. Gen. Kohli asked one of the ex-servicemen to send in an application to him when he said that he had not received the reimbursement of the amount which he had paid as his contribution to the ECHS while registering his name when the scheme had come into force. Col. Nanaiah clarified that nobody needs to contribute to avail the ECHS facility. The State Government too had agreed to provide several concessions to the ex-servicemen such as exemption from house tax, concession in VAT and construction of houses through the Army Welfare Housing Organisation, Maj. Gen. Kohli stated.

The Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Army to provide graduation certificates to ex-servicemen based on their credit points earned while in service.