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A spate of applications at CM’s Janata Darshan

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Siddaramaiah listens to grievances and issues directions to officials

Chief Minister Siddaramaiah listening to an applicant at the Janata Darshan in Belgaum on Wednesday.— PHOTO: D.B. PATIL
Chief Minister Siddaramaiah listening to an applicant at the Janata Darshan in Belgaum on Wednesday.— PHOTO: D.B. PATIL

From laymen to the Vice-Chancellor of Rani Channamma University, everyone had a question for Chief Minister Siddaramaiah during the ‘Janata Darshan’ held here on Wednesday.

During the programme which went on for over three and a half hours, Mr.. Siddaramaiah heard grievances of the applicants and issued directions to officials to sort out the issues.

Vittal Sanning Channal, a person with disabilities, appealed to the Chief Minister to make his employment as revenue assistant at Hubli Electricity Supply Company (HESCOM), Ramdurg, permanent.

Mr. Channal, who was carried on to stage by police personnel, told Mr. Siddaramaiah that despite being physically challenged he travelled 50 km daily for the sake of saving his job. Mr. Siddaramaiah directed the managing director of HESCOM to meet his request.

Sattyappa Ramappa Kemasatti, who lost his left leg, appealed to the Chief Minister to provide him a Jaipur Foot as he was not comfortable with the artificial limb given by the government. Rajakhan Mugutkhan said he was not getting even 20 kg of rice, while the government had announced 30 kg of rice would be given to BPL cardholders.

While Shanthadevi Patil wanted the Chief Minister to help her in getting a job for her son, ex-serviceman Kesarsingh Gangaramsingh Rajput urged the latter to allot him a residential site. He said he had been running around from pillar to post for 30 years, and though the court had ordered in his favour, officials were not allotting a site.

Siddagouda Modagi and Lingaraj Patil of Bharatiya Krushika Samaj and former Minister Shashikant Naik sought a price of Rs. 3,500 per tonne of sugarcane. Ganesh Rokhade and Mahadev Talawar of Karnataka Rakshana Vedike urged the Chief Minister to give the status of second capital to Belgaum. Bhimappa Gadad of Moodalagi complained that Revenue Department officials were not responding to the problems of the people and sought steps for checking corruption in the department.

Vice-Chancellor of Rani Channamma University B.R. Ananthan sought additional funds for development of the university.

Responding to the demand of Ashok Chandaragi of the Action Committee of pro-Kannada organisations on renaming Belgaum as ‘Belagavi’ and regarding funds for Rajyotsava celebrations, Mr. Siddaramaiah invited the office-bearers to Bangalore for further discussion. Ministers Satish Jarkiholi, Mahadevappa and Prakash Hukkeri, Chief Whip Ashok Pattan, MLA Firoz Shet, MLC Veerakumar Patil, and former Minister D.B. Inamdar were present.

Earlier, Mr. Siddaramaiah, who visited the city for the first time after becoming Chief Minister, garlanded the statue of Kittur Chennamma before proceeding to participate in the Janata Darshan’.

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