Officials told to lift medicines from warehouses in Gulbarga

All primary health centres will be supplied with medicines within a week, Minister for Animal Husbandry and district in-charge Revu Naik Belamagi has said.

At the quarterly progress review meeting of the Karnataka Development Programme here on Wednesday, the Minister told officials to lift medicines kept in the warehouses of the Health Department in Gulbarga. He asked Health officials to send a report to the zilla panchayat Chief Executive Officer after complying with this directive.

Deputy Commissioner Sameer Shukla said the process of recruiting doctors on contract for primary health centres would be completed in two weeks.

There were five vacancies in 44 primary health centres, he said.

Setting up toilets

Mr. Shukla said toilets would be built in 700 anganwadis and instructed officials to submit a taluk-wise report on those that did not have toilets.

“Of the 1,890 anganwadis in the district, 387 have toilets. However, only 46 are being used now. The rest are damaged,” Women and Child Welfare officials told the Minister.

Mr. Belamagi asked them to ensure that each anganwadi had toilets and water supply.

BPL cards confusion

Rajshekar Patil, MLA, complained that officials had made several errors in the survey of poor families and deleted thousands of households from the list of BPL families. “It has led to a ridiculous situation where the deserving don't have BPL cards while the rich do,” Mr. Patil said.

Mr. Shukla explained that the district administration had cancelled around 40,000 of the 1.56 lakh BPL ration cards. However, the survey was not “foolproof” and they were considering requests from households to conduct a resurvey and issue fresh BPL cards, he said.

Agriculture

Agriculture officials said 12,088 farmers got assistance under the first phase of the Suvarna Bhoomi project; work on the second phase was in progress. Nearly 1.74 lakh farmers got 44,125 quintals of seeds and 58,043 tonnes of fertilizer.

Complaints

In response to complaints from Mr. Patil, Mr. Belamagi warned officials of strict action if they neglected their duty.

At one point, Mr. Patil threatened to walk out of the meeting as he felt officials were misleading those present there.

The Minister asked officials to come prepared for the meetings and not send their representatives.


  • Recruitment of doctors for primary health centres to be completed in two weeks

  • Officials asked to ensure that each anganwadi has toilets and water supply


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