Of the 150 classrooms approved, only 50 have been built: Meghannavar

Officials of the Department of Public Instruction (DPI) were pulled up at the Karnataka Development Programme (KDP) meeting here on Tuesday, for their failure to initiate the school infrastructure development project in the district.

Expressing discontent over the poor track record in constructing additional classrooms for government schools, zilla panchayat chief executive officer P.A. Meghannavar said the government had approved a proposal to build 150 classrooms for schools in rural and urban areas and had released grants. However, work had commenced on only 50 classrooms, he said.


Mr. Meghannavar said the school development and monitoring committees had to take up the issue and see to it that the construction was completed at the earliest. Educational infrastructure-related works should be taken up on priority, he told the DPI officials. Officials of the Agriculture Department too had to face his wrath as they came to the meeting unprepared. When asked about the rabi crop in the district, the officials failed to provide proper information.

Mr. Meghannavar said there were a number of complaints regarding the condition of crops. “The department should take action within a specified time and guide the farmers,” he said.


The district officer for National Rural Health Mission S.M. Honakeri said of the 1,44,585 children in the district, 3,070 were malnourished. Of them, 43 children had heart-related diseases.

Dr. Honakeri said no new cases of dengue and chikungunya were reported in the district.

However, precautionary measures had been continued, he added. 

B.K.S. Vardhan, Deputy Director of Public Instruction, said that an online registration system had been implemented to avoid misuse of government facilities by admitting the same child in more than one school.

District Social Welfare Department officer Ashok Chalawadi said the department had given permission to start five post-matric hostels in the district and of them, work on two had commenced in Dharwad.

Mr. Meghannavar said the percentage of implementation under the special unit project was not satisfactory and directed the departments concerned to provide information to the Social Welfare Department before the fifth of every month regarding the work.

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