‘Classrooms in 496 schools need repair’

Chief Executive Officer of the zilla panchayat P.A. Gopal said on Tuesday that Rs. 8.8 crore has been reserved for the repair and reconstruction of classrooms and certain school buildings in Mysore district.

The issue of demolition and reconstruction of classrooms was broached by J. Sunita Veerappa Gowda of the Janata Dal (Secular), following which officials from the Education Department and engineers concerned stated that the dilapidated classrooms in 496 schools (466 primary and 30 high schools) need to be demolished.

Permission required

However, the State government’s permission was required to demolish buildings and take up new works.

A delegation headed by the president of zilla panchayat M. Mahadev will meet the Chief Minister in this regard soon.

Probe sought

L. Madappa of the Congress alleged that there were irregularities in the Mysore District Cooperative Central (DCC) Bank with regard to loan and interest waiver scheme announced by the State government for farmers.

He told Mr. Mahadev that the bank had submitted a reply over a query by him on the loan waiver scheme which was not convincing.

Incentives to farmers amounting to Rs. 5 crore were not given to eligible farmers in the last three years starting from 2009-10, Mr. Madappa alleged.

Mr. Mahadev said if the reply submitted by the bank was not satisfactory, another report could be sought.

JD(S) member C.J. Dwarakeesh, earlier, supported Mr. Madappa and sought a probe into the allegations.

Meanwhile, the meeting was adjourned in the morning, following a request by Leader of Opposition D.M. Chikkanne Gowda (JD-S), who said that the JD(S) members wanted to attend a programme of the former Chief Minister, H.D. Kumaraswamy, in the city. Mr. Mahadev granted permission and asked the members to reassemble at 1.30 p.m.

Felicitation

Earlier, Mr. Madappa, who was elected as the Leader of the ruling Congress on the floor of the House and Mr. Gowda, whose name was also announced on the occasion, were felicitated by Mr. Mahadev and other ZP members for being elected officially.

Officials S.M. Male Gowda, who is the District Health Officer (due to retire this month) and K. Shankare Gowda (Adult Education Officer), who has won State-level awards, were also felicitated.

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