Staff Correspondent

Several cases of various Government departments pending

  • Official pulled up for not disbursing loan on time
  • Demand for withdrawal of ban on inter-state movement of hay

    MADIKERI: Tahsildars of the revenue department and officials of the Karnataka State Financial Corporation (KSFC), among others, received flak from Lokayukta N. Santosh Hegde and Upa Lokayukta Patri Basavana Goud at a public grievances meeting here on Friday.

    Mr. Hegde took exception to the cases that were pending in the Government departments, with one case relating to a request for land grant for over 26 years. Ganapathi, an ex-serviceman, said he had been applying to the Deputy Commissioners since he was 40 years old and now he was 66. Mr. Basavana Goud asked the revenue authorities to grant land within 10 days. "Is this service to the people", Mr. Hegde asked.

    Most of the 53 cases that came up for hearing related to delays in securing coffee registration certificate, changing of `khata', correct entries in the record of Rights, Tenancy and Cultivation. Both Mr. Hegde and Mr. Basavana Goud wondered as to why such simple cases were still pending and pulled up the revenue officials for the inordinate delays. In another case, a KSFC official was pulled up for not disbursing loan to a person even after it was sanctioned.

    Illegal sand mining

    Citizens from Kattemadu village in Madikeri taluk alleged that illegal sand mining was going on in Halugunda village, near Kattemadu. The party had obtained the licence for sand mining only for Kattemadu village. Mr. Hegde said the case would be referred to the Mines and Geology officer in-charge in Mysore seeking explanation. Pradeep and Umesh, farmers from Napoklu, wanted the officials to solve the issue of tree felling by the Forest Department at Gondibasavanahalli near Kushalnagar. Mr. Hegde said he would look into the matter.

    Circular on land

    On the demand to withdraw the circular on Jamma Bane land and tree rights issued by the Revenue Secretary, S.M. Jamdaar, Mr. Hegde said the Government should tackle it. They also wanted withdrawal of ban on inter-state movement of hay from Kodagu.

    Lokayuka Superintendent of Police, Eshwarchandra Vidyasagar, Chief Executive Officer of the zilla panchayat, K. Sundar Naik, were present.