Staff Correspondent

Many officials were in Bangalore to attend discussions

DAVANGERE: The general body meeting of the Davangere Zilla Panchayat and the public grievances meeting at the Deputy Commissioner’s office here on Saturday were held without achieving anything substantial as senior officials had gone to Bangalore to attend a meeting.

Although important subjects were tabled, discussions were not held in a proper manner and no concrete decisions were taken on various important issues such as the drinking water problem and drought relief measures.

Officials including the Deputy Commissioner, the chief executive officer of the zilla panchayat, headquarters assistant to the Deputy Commissioner and heads of various departments were away at Bangalore.

The general body meeting is normally attended by all members of the zilla panchayat, MLAs, MLCs and other elected members, and is considered important as the progress of the district is reviewed on the occasion.

Poor rainfall

S.V. Ramachandra, Jagalur MLA, said there had been poor rainfall in the district and there was severe shortage of drinking water in villages falling under seven gram panchayats in Jagalur alone. He said he was told that there had been a drinking water problem in many villages in the district, and crops were withering away. He sought that Davangere district be declared drought affected. However, he left the meeting midway as there was no conclusive response to his requests.

The public grievances meeting, generally held for four hours, was wound up within 45 minutes.

The question of official hierarchy also came up at the meeting. Project Director Panduranga chaired the meeting.

The short supply of cooking gas for schools under the Akshara Dasoha (midday meal scheme) was among the few subjects tabled. Mr. Panduranga urged the Deputy Director of Food and Civil Supplies to hold a meeting with cooking gas agencies and solve the problem.