Central team to visit district on Wednesday

Kodagu Deputy Commissioner Anurag Tewari instructed officials of various departments to provide complete information to the officials of a Central team visiting Kodagu district to take stock of the rain-related situation on September 25.

Kodagu district suffered extensive loss to its roads, buildings, commercial and agricultural crops because of the rains between June and August.

Officials must provide information along with photographs, Mr. Tewari , who presided over a district-level meeting of the officials, said. The applications received by the officials and those disposed of should match, and care should be exercised not to repeat the relief, he said.

Additional Deputy Commissioner H. Prasanna said the Central team would reach Madikeri Tuesday evening via Koinad, where the road had collapsed. Relief had been disbursed to all 26 applicants who lost cattle in the recent rainfall in the district. Of the 554 houses that were damaged, 437 units were paid compensations.

The Department of Horticulture had received 17,380 applications seeking relief and payment of relief had been approved for 1,152 applicants, Mr. Prasanna said. For commercial crops, as many as 15,307 applications were received and assessment of loss was going on. Tahsildars of Madikeri, Virajpet and Somwarpet taluks, Deputy Directors of the Coffee Board and Spices Board provided inputs on the loss and relief disbursed by their respective departments to Mr. Tewari in the meeting.

Mr. Tewari asked the officials of the departments to list out the affected areas in advance which needed to be inspected by the Central team members. He told the PWD and the Panchayat Raj Engineering wing officials to provide photographs of the calamities to the members of the team during the visit.

RTC

Mr. Tewari told revenue officials to update a list of Rights, Tenancy and Crops (RTCs) pertaining to anganwadi centres, schools, hospitals, hostels and other government buildings after conducting inspection of the spots and submit a report to the office of the Assistant Commissioner. Assistant Commissioner Abhiram G. Shankar asked the Tahsildars to expedite the issue. District Health and Family Welfare Officer O.R. Rangappa mentioned that certain primary and community schools did not have RTC and a list pertaining to them would be submitted.

District Woman and Child Development Officer, Jayaram, stated that about 100 anganwadi centres did not have RTCs. Following this, Mr. Tewari asked the tahsildars to swing into action.

Sand blocks

Presiding over another meeting with regard to mining, Mr. Tewari asked the officials of the Department of Mines and Geology, the PWD and the Revenue Department to conduct a survey of Somwarpet taluk on September 28, Madikeri taluk on September 29 and Virajpet taluk on September 30, to identify new sand blocks in the rivers and submit a report to him in a week.

As many as 38 sand blocks had been identified in the district so far, of which sand minding was going on in 32 bocks till May 31. Identifying additional sand blocks and renewing the licences of the old ones were necessary in view of the demand for sand in the district, Mr. Tewari said.


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