‘Job scheme funds for Kodagu to be spent by March’

Madikeri: The progress of the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (MGREGA) scheme in Kodagu was the focus of discussion at the Karnataka Development Programme (KDP) review meeting held here on Monday with emphasis on spending the remaining nearly Rs. 40 crore available by March, 2011.

The president of the zilla panchayat, Kanjitanda Anita, presided over the meeting.

When Manu Muthappa, president of the Zillla Panchayat Standing Committee on Health and Industry, sought to know the progress, officials said Rs. 10.66 crore was spent under the scheme in the three taluks in Kodagu till December, 2010.

In Virajpet taluk, Rs. 4.86 crore was spent; in Somwarpet taluk, Rs. 3.62 crore was spent; and in Madikeri taluk, Rs. 2.18 crore was spent.

About Rs. 54 crore was approved for Kodagu under the scheme in 2010-11.

Chief Executive Officer of the zilla panchayat N. Krishnappa said the remaining Rs. 40 crore would be utilised by March. Officials of Social Forestry, Horticulture, and Animal Husbandry departments received flak from Ms. Anita for not giving proper replies concerning the progress of their departments.

Mr. Krishnappa told the Social Forestry Department official to keep in touch with the zilla panchayat with regard to raising saplings in the nurseries for distribution among farmers in the gram panchayats.

The Executive Officers (EOs) of the taluk panchayats were clueless when the issue of taking up elephant-proof trench (EPT) works in the forest areas to check elephant menace came up for discussion.

Mr. Muthappa reprimanded the deputy secretary of the zilla panchayat, Basavarajappa, for not gathering information from the EOs. Chief Planning Officer, B.L. Siddaiah, was taken to task by Mr. Muthappa and Mr. Krishnappa for not furnishing compliance report of the previous meeting with Ms. Anita.

The officials were asked to furnish correct information within half an hour.

The issue of collecting milk from the farmers through the cooperatives in Virajpet and Madikeri taluks figured in the meeting.

 – The Hindu

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