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ASSESSMENT: Minister for Cooperation G.T. Deve Gowda, who assumed charge as the Mysore district in-charge Minister, holding a review meeting with officials on Sunday. Deputy Commissioner S. Selvakumar (centre) and Commissioner of Police, Mysore, Prav een Sood, are seen. PHOTO: M.A. SRIRAM
ASSESSMENT: Minister for Cooperation G.T. Deve Gowda, who assumed charge as the Mysore district in-charge Minister, holding a review meeting with officials on Sunday. Deputy Commissioner S. Selvakumar (centre) and Commissioner of Police, Mysore, Prav een Sood, are seen. PHOTO: M.A. SRIRAM

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Mysore City Corporation, MUDA and taluk bodies instructed to be more proactive

MYSORE: Public grievance cells will be opened in the Mysore City Corporation (MCC), Mysore Urban Development Authority (MUDA) and all taluk offices to make them more responsive to people's problems.

Announcing this, the Minister for Cooperation, G.T. Deve Gowda, who assumed additional responsibility as the new District in-charge Minister here on Sunday, said he would oversee their functioning and make himself available to the public once a week when the Assembly was not in session. Mr. Deve Gowda took over as the Mysore district in-charge from the Minister for Housing D.T. Jayakumar.

Problems galore

Noting that both the MCC and the MUDA was besieged with challenges, Mr. Deve Gowda listed out the major problems being faced by Mysore. He said drinking water problem, lack of civic amenities in revenue layouts around the city, need to provide basic civic amenities like drinking water and power in the new layouts, speedy distribution of sites, ration cards to the poor were some of the problems faced by the city and the district. Both the MCC and the MUDA as also the taluk bodies had been instructed to be more proactive.

Hospital staff warned

The Minister expressed his displeasure at the functioning of the K.R. Hospital.

He cautioned the staff to pull up their socks or face the consequences. Earlier, he interacted with officials and issued instructions to the effect that all data pertaining to funds released, utilised and work in progress under all departments, be made available within 10 days after which he will hold a detailed review meeting.

Drought relief work

Taking exception to the tardy drought relief work in the district, Mr. Deve Gowda cautioned the officials that they would be directly held responsible if the work did not take off owing to lack of initiative or if funds lapsed. In view of the onset of summer and drought in parts of the district, the Minister directed the officials to lay emphasis on drinking water supply.

On the increase in man-animal conflict, the Minister said a proposal by the Forest Department to construct a wall or a barrier around the forest had been rejected as untenable by the Finance Department.

Elephant menace

He said he would urge the Finance Department to reconsider their decision and release funds to take up a pilot project to tackle elephant menace.

When his attention was drawn to the Government's failure to institute an award in memory of Nalwudi Krishnaraja Wadiyar reckoned to be the founder of modern Mysore as announced by it two years ago, the Minister said a meeting of citizens concerned would be held after the Assembly session.

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