Staff Correspondent

‘Staff demand thousands of rupees to do our work’

Davangere Deputy Commissioner has

called a meeting on Friday

Officials of tahsildar’s office and survey

office will be summoned to the meeting

DAVANGERE: Farmers of several villages staged a snap protest in front of the Deputy Commissioner’s office on Thursday against “rampant” corruption in the tahsildar’s office and survey office.

They alleged that staffs of the offices were demanding thousands of rupees as bribe to issue “sketch copy”, encumbrance certificate, and caste and income certificates, and to change Pahani.

Deputy Commissioner of Davangere district K. Amaranarayana, who heard from the farmers the problems they were facing to get their work done in these offices, called them for a meeting at his office on Friday.

Officials of the tahsildar’s office and the survey office would be summoned to the meeting, he said and assured the farmers that he was committed to eradicating corruption in government offices.

Mr. Amaranarayana said that he had warned the officials of stringent action if they caused inconvenience to the public who visited their office.

Meanwhile, G. Ekanthappa, who was on a fast since a week to protest against corruption in the two offices, was admitted to a hospital on Thursday.

Assistant Commissioner of Davangere Janaki told The Hindu that she had initiated steps to curb corruption in the two offices.

She asked the people to inform her whenever an official or a clerk demanded bribe or failed to attend to their work without delay.

Avaragere Rudrumuni, Guddada Kallappa, M. Nagaraj, Chandrakala and Suvarnamma were among the farmers’ leaders who participated in the protest.