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Shimoga ZP seeks action against health officer

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He has been accused of disposing of unused syringes and medicines

The meeting of the Shimoga Zilla Panchayat on Wednesday witnessed some acrimonious scenes.— Photo VAIDYA
The meeting of the Shimoga Zilla Panchayat on Wednesday witnessed some acrimonious scenes.— Photo VAIDYA

The Shimoga Zilla Panchayat on Wednesday urged the State government to initiate disciplinary action against District Health Officer (DHO) Shivanna Reddy for allegedly disposing of unused syringes and medicines.

The zilla panchayat had formed a committee comprising elected representatives and officials to probe into the allegations. The godown of Viral Diagnostic Laboratory (VDL) was allegedly used to dump waste and unused syringes worth Rs 3.91 lakh and hordes of medicines.

Committee members S. Kumar and S.T. Krishne Gowda expressed displeasure in the meeting against dumping medicines and syringes meant to be supplied to government hospitals with the waste materials. They alleged that the medicines and syringes were later clandestinely shipped to pharmacy shops and private hospitals. They also expressed displeasure about storing the medical waste at VDL’s godown since the laboratory does not come under the purview of the Department of Health and Family Welfare.Rain payout

The meeting passed a resolution demanding the government to increase the compensation paid to farmers who incurred losses due to heavy rain. H.L. Shadakshari who raised the issue said areca plantations had been infected with fruit-rot (Kole Roga). At present, compensation was paid for the areca plantations in which more than 50 per cent of the crop was damaged due to the disease. The existing rules related to assessment of crop loss are rigid and unscientific and many farmers in Bhadravathi taluk have been deprived of compensation, he said.

Deputy Director of Department of Horticulture M. Vishwanath told the meeting that, arecanut is cultivated in 45,000 hectare land in the district of which 19,000 hectare was infected with koleroga. At present compensation was paid for the farmers according to the guidelines of National Disaster Response Fund(NDRF), he said.

T.L. Sundaresh and Esur Basavaraj said that, the farmers were not happy with the compensation paid under NDRF guidelines. As the farmers have suffered extensive loss this year due to rain, the Government should enhance the compensation paid for them, they said.

The officials from Department of Agriculture provided information for the meeting on the steps taken to control brown hopper disease and blast disease that had infected the paddy crop. President Geetha Mallikarjun directed the officials to maintain ample stock of pesticides.

Rajya Sabha member Ayanur Manjunath, MLCs R.K. Siddaramanna, M.B. Bhanuprakash, Vice President of Zilla Panchayat Hemapavani, CEO Sasikanth Senthil were present.

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