Give reasons for delay in implementation of schemes, he tells them

Officers of the zilla panchayat engineering division on Friday faced the ire of chief executive officer K.M. Narayanaswamy when they failed to furnish accurate information about various development schemes taken up in rural areas.

As soon as the monthly Karnataka Development Programme (KDP) review meeting began, officers started presenting proceedings of the previous meeting. Mr. Narayanaswamy insisted that accurate information be provided about the status of development projects and reasons for the delay in implementation.

He said that assistant executive engineers should have proper information about the number of villages and gram panchayats, number of borewells and other sources of water, primary health centres, and steps taken for development of roads and other infrastructure in their areas. “Instead of sitting in offices, officers should visit villages in early in the morning every day and try to understand the problems of people and initiate steps to provide permanent solutions to them,” he said.

After visiting the villages, officers should prepare a database of all villages and gram panchayats.

It would help them in improving infrastructure in rural areas.

“The database will strengthen the hands of assistant engineers and enable them to direct junior engineers to address specific problems,” he said.

Mr. Narayanaswamy emphasised that the officers of different departments should have proper coordination to prevent overlapping of projects. This would facilitate systematic implementation of various projects, he said.

  • ‘Instead of sitting in offices, officials should visit villages, understand problems of people’

  • Need for officers of different department to have better coordination emphasised