Udupi District Offices Complex inaugurated in Manipal

Chief Minister D.V. Sadananda Gowda said on Sunday that the State government was committed to providing services to people without any bureaucratic or political hassles.

He was speaking after inaugurating the District Offices Complex here, which brings 43 government departments and the zilla panchayat under a single building. The complex has been constructed on 12 acres of land at a cost of Rs. 30 crore.

Mr. Gowda said that it was with this intention that the government passed the Karnataka Guarantee of Services to Citizens Bill in the recently concluded Assembly session. This measure would provide guarantee of 152 services to the people. Normally, there were complaints of either bureaucrats or bureaucrats along with politicians not wanting to provide services to the people.

This measure would put an end to any high-handed behaviour either by bureaucrats or politicians. “We are committed to giving a transparent and corruption-free administration,” he said.

The Udupi District Offices Complex was the first in the State to be a paperless office. The complex was fully computerised. It was a model for the entire State. There was staff shortage in the district administration here. Hence, he had decided to sanction filling of 50 posts, the Chief Minister said.

A plan had been prepared to construct a mini Vidhana Soudha on the taluk office premises in Udupi. The mini Vidhana Soudha would house the taluk office and other related offices. Funds would be sanctioned for this venture, he said. A demand had been made to construct a bridge at Havanje-Kolalgiri. This bridge would reduce the distance between villages surrounding Brahmavar to Udupi by 16 km. A detailed project report would be prepared for the bridge. Funds for the bridge would be allocated in the next fiscal budget, Mr. Gowda said. Higher Education Minister V.S. Acharya,

Rural Development and Panchayat Raj Minister Jagadish Shettar, Chairman of the Third Finance Commission Implementation Task Force A.G. Kodgi, MLAs Raghupati Bhat, Lakshminarayana and Gopal Bhandary, MLCs Kota Srinivas Poojary and Ganesh Karnik, were among those present.

Arrested

The police arrested workers of the Janata Dal (Secular), who wanted to wave black flags to the Chief Minister protesting the opening of District Offices Complex in Manipal.

They were released after the inaugural function. President of district unit of JD(S) Deviprasad Shetty said that the JD(S) was always opposed to the District Offices Complex as it was built in Manipal, which is 8 km away from Udupi. Mr. Shetty dubbed the arrest of workers as “anti-democratic and highly condemnable”.