Minister for Textiles and Ports Baburao Chinchansur came down on Gulbarga Electricity Supply Company officials (Gescom) for “not providing uninterrupted power supply in rural areas.”

The officials claimed that a shortage of transformers was responsible for it.

Presiding over the Karnataka Development Programme (KDP) review meeting here on Saturday, Mr. Chinchansur directed Gescom Superintending Engineer to be present at the next review meet and explain the situation. Gescom in-charge Assistant Engineer Raghavendra told the Minister that the district required 50 additional transformers, for which an order had been placed.

Owing to lack of transformers, farmers who used pumps to irrigate their crops were finding it difficult to water crops on time.

Drinking water projects had also suffered due to frequent power failures, the Minister said.

He asked officials of the Karnataka Urban Water Supply and Drainage Board to expedite the water project that would ensure water supply to Gurmitkal from the Bhima. The Rs. 37-crore project should be complete by July-end.

He directed Deputy Director of Public Instruction Ramanjeneya to ensure that dropouts were brought back to school. The Minister was informed that as many as 1,050 teacher posts were vacant in the district. Mr. Chinchansur said he would talk to the authorities to get the posts filled at the earliest.

Officials from the Health and Family Welfare Department told the Minister that steps had been taken to prevent the spread of dengue in the district.

Fogging had been completed in 3,010 identified areas in the district.

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