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Officials face ire for delaying development works in Dharwad

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No estimates prepared even half way into the financial year

No room for inefficiency:Chief Executive Officer of the Dharwad Zilla Panchayat P.A. Meghannavar (second from left) speaking at the Karnataka Development Programme review meeting in Dharwad on Friday.
No room for inefficiency:Chief Executive Officer of the Dharwad Zilla Panchayat P.A. Meghannavar (second from left) speaking at the Karnataka Development Programme review meeting in Dharwad on Friday.

Engineering Department officials were taken to task by Chief Executive Officer of Dharwad Zilla Panchayat P.A. Meghannavar here on Friday after he found out that even estimates of works had not been prepared yet, half way into the financial year.

Displeased

Speaking at the monthly review meeting of the Karnataka Development Programme (KDP), Mr. Meghannavar was vocal about his displeasure over the “inefficiency” of officials.

“Estimates have not been prepared even after the end of the first half of the financial year, and the estimated works haven’t been completed. What are the Engineering Department officials doing,” he asked. Such lethargy would defeat the very objective of introducing schemes, he said, directing officials to complete the estimates and submit them by November 25.

He also directed executive engineer V.G. Persi to initiate action against those who failed to submit estimates within the stipulated time. He also pointed out that there was lack of coordination within the department and asked for taking stringent measures to fix the issue.

Earlier, chairing the review meeting, zilla panchayat president Ratnavva Kallimani asked officials to send details of all ongoing taluk-level works to zilla panchayat members. She also directed officials to come to the meeting with full information on various projects and schemes.

Joint Director of Agriculture S.M. Gadad brought to the notice of the meeting that good rainfall in recent days had led to increased sowing of jowar and Bengal gram, while sowing of wheat was still on. He said steps were being taken to directly credit the second instalment under the Suvarna Bhoomi scheme to the bank accounts of beneficiaries.

Dengue

District Health Officer N.M. Angadi said cases of dengue had come down in the district and works on building primary health centres in Lokur, Adargunchi and Baradwad villages had begun.

Issues concerning anganwadis, horticulture, social welfare schemes, drinking water projects, etc. were raised at the meeting.

Chairpersons of various standing committees and officials from various departments participated in the meeting.


  • Officials asked to submit estimates by November 25

  • Executive engineer asked to initiate action against those who fail to meet the deadline


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