Staff Correspondent

ZP members say they were not consulted on implementation of job scheme

  • Government had released Rs. 2 crore for implementing rural employment scheme
  • Deputy Commissioner accused of failing to release funds on time

    Koppal: The Koppal Zilla Panchayat on Friday passed a unanimous resolution to submit a report to the Government on the failure of the district administration in handling the implementation of the National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme and steps to contain the incidences of malaria and dengue fevers in the district.

    It also decided to pressure the Government to shift Deputy Commissioner Naveenraj Singh from the district for his failure to coordinate with the members of the zilla panchayat in implementing the NREGS and other development activities in the district.

    Vijayalaxmi Ramakrishna, president of the zilla panchayat, who chaired the meeting, told the meeting that she would ask the Chief Executive Officer of the Zilla Panchayat to despatch the resolution passed at the meeting to the Government recommending the immediate transfer of the Deputy Commissioner. B. Basawaraj, Balappa Hoogar and other members raised objections for inefficient functioning of the district administration while handling the implementation of the scheme in the district. The Government had released Rs. 2 crore for implementing the scheme. However, the Deputy Commissioner failed to release funds to the gram panchayats for implementing the scheme, the members said. The gram panchayats had to answer beneficiaries under the scheme as they were unable to release funds against the work executed by them. The Deputy Commissioner failed to give a proper explanation to members of the zilla panchayat when they demanded a reason for the delay in releasing funds under the scheme, they added.

    They alleged that the Deputy Commissioner had failed to coordinate with the members of the zilla panchayat while initiating measures in containing the spread of epidemics such as malaria and dengue in some parts of the district. Even he failed to extend cooperation with the officials concerned at the District Health and Family Welfare Department while extending medical facilities to the affected families in Koppal and Kustagi taluks.

    They demanded that the meeting to ask a detailed explanation from the Deputy Commissioner for failing to coordinate with members of the zilla and taluk panchayats while implementing development.