MLA U.T. Khader on Friday urged the district administration to set up a grievance redressal cell to attend to the problems raised by people as “officials are not responding to the problems under the pretext of adhering to the model code of conduct”.

Addressing presspersons here, Mr. Khader said people were facing difficulty in approaching officials with their grievances related to drinking water and other civic problems.

‘Set up a cell’

A grievance cell at the office of the Deputy Commissioner would help in expediting the process of getting permission for attending to day-to-day problems, he said.

Mr. Khader said people from Kerebail, Kallapu and four other areas within his constituency had been complaining of disruption in water supply for more than a week.

“Officials have not taken any step. They are not in favour of supplying water through tanker. They are not allowing digging of borewell citing model code of conduct.” Mr. Khader said he had brought the issue to the notice of the chief officer of the Ullal Town Municipal Council. “But action has not been taken yet,” he said.

Mr. Khader urged the State government to extend the deadline for submitting fingerprints by ration card holders. In an advertisement issued on March 12, the State government had asked people who had been issued cards before December 2010 to furnish fingerprints by March 31.

Mr. Khader said long queues were found at the “photo bio service centres” as people are not sure if their card was defective.

When pointed out that the process related to ration cards had been stopped due to model code of conduct, Mr. Khader said government should convey the message to people. The State government should keep the process of furnishing biometric details open for the next few days.

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