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Monitoring: Ministers Suresh Kumar S. and P. Venkataramanappa at the review meeting in Tumkur on Tuesday.
Monitoring: Ministers Suresh Kumar S. and P. Venkataramanappa at the review meeting in Tumkur on Tuesday.

Staff Correspondent

Inspection of hostel and offices carried out

‘Round-the-clock power supply’ in district ordered

Approval given to fill up vacancies in Police Department

TUMKUR: Suresh Kumar S., Minister for Law and Tumkur District in-charge and P. Venkataramanappa, Minister for Small-scale Industries and Sericulture, reviewed progress of various development works in the district on Tuesday.

Mr. Kumar and Mr. Venkataramanappa inspected several hostels, general hospital, and offices here after the review meeting. The Ministers found many irregularities in the functioning of the Tumkur district unit of the Karnataka State Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes Development Corporation.

The Law Minister ordered an official probe into various lapses by the District Development Officer of the corporation.

Tumkur Rural MLA B. Suresh Gowda pointed out at the meeting that BESCOM had completely neglected Tumkur district and said: “Ten to fifteen hours of power shedding is imposed on the district. Even the power supplied during the remaining hours is of very poor quality.”

Power supply

Responding to Mr. Gowda, the Law Minister ordered “round-the-clock power supply to the district”. He issued a stern warning to the BESCOM engineers that the Government would view it very seriously if any farmer from the district complained of any shortcomings in the power supply to irrigation pumpsets.

T.B. Jayachandra, Sira MLA and former Minister, said illegal mining was rampant in parts of Gubbi, C.N. Halli, Tiptur and Turuvekere taluks and in the surroundings of Tumkur City. The Law Minister directed Deputy Commissioner C. Somasekhara and the Superintendent of Police Harsha P.S., to form special squads in each of these areas and conduct operations against illegal mining.

The Minister approved a plan to fill up vacancies at all levels in the Department of Police in the district and said he was keen on strengthening the Police Department to maintain peace and order.

B.B. Ramaswamy Gowda, Kunigal MLA; B.C. Nagesh, Tiptur MLA; Krishnamurthy, President of Tumkur Zilla Panchayat; K.N. Rajanna, President of Tumkur District Central Cooperative Bank, participated in the discussions.

Absence noted

S. Shivanna, Tumkur Urban MLA, was conspicuous by his absence. He did not attend the two previous official meetings held here first in June and the second last week. Discontent is brewing within the BJP over imposition of an outsider (Mr. Kumar represents Bangalore in the Assembly) as in-charge of Tumkur district, although there is a Cabinet Minister from the district.

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