BBMP asked to improve drinking water and parking facilities

The dominant image of the Lokayukta in the State has been that of an anti-corruption ombudsman. However, the institution is also making major interventions to rectify faltering systems of governance. This aspect of the Lokayukta’s functioning was highlighted by Lokayukta Y. Bhaskar Rao at a press conference on the sidelines of the Lokayukta Day celebrations on Thursday.

One of the most successful initiatives of the institution was in the field of education where the Lokayukta’s recommendation to the government to install a biometric attendance system for government college faculty was implemented.

“This happened when we visited a government college in Kolar where we discovered that only four of the 58 staff was present,” Mr. Rao said.

Following the instructions of the Lokayukta, nine engineering and 38 polytechnic colleges implemented biometric attendance.

“The system started in remaining 339 government colleges from January 1. The Commissioner and Director of the department of collegiate education have already inspected 93 colleges. The department is also organising special classes for SC/ST, BC and minority students upon our instructions,” Mr. Rao said.

After a visit to hostels run by the social welfare department, the Lokayukta made a series of recommendations to improve the pathetic situation. A warden who was rationing food and abusing inmates has been transferred, he said while adding that the government has sanctioned 1,000 new hostel rooms and 354 bathrooms after the Lokayukta’s intervention.

BBMP officials too were hauled up and asked to improve drinking water, parking facilities. “Compliance is yet to be submitted,” Mr. Rao said.

The Lokayukta also instructed the health secretary to identify diabetes patients and refer them to experts. The Lokayukta has also instructed the primary and secondary education secretary to cut back five minutes from each period in 60,000 government and aided schools to accommodate a special period where SC/ST and backward students will be helped with their home work.

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