Staff Correspondent

Threatens to lodge a complaint with the NHRC

  • ZP team to seek grant for speeding up development work
  • Doctors to be soon appointed in government hospitals

    Madikeri: Kodagu Zilla Panchayat president H.S. Ashok has threatened to lodge a complaint with the National Human Rights Commission against Forest Department officials for allegedly not cooperating with the zilla panchayat in providing facilities to tribal people living in reserve forests and fringe areas in the district.

    He was speaking to presspersons here on Tuesday.

    Mr. Ashok spoke of the performance of the zilla panchayat on its completing one year in office.

    He alleged that Forest Department officials were harassing tribal people living in the forests. If they did not mend their ways within a week, he would initiate action against them, he said.

    Mr. Ashok said that he had succeeded in drawing the attention of the Government to many problems in the district. Functioning of the zilla panchayat last year had been transparent. Action was taken against certain employees to tone up the administration. Many development works had been initiated during his tenure, Mr. Ashok said.

    A zilla panchayat delegation would soon meet government representatives and seek special grants for speeding up work on development projects in the district. Vacant posts of doctor in government hospitals, primary health centres and community health centres would be filled soon, he said. Mr. Ashok said he had spoken to the Chief Minister and other Ministers in this regard.

    Replying to a query, he hinted upon chances of his soon joining Janata Dal (Secular). Zilla Panchayat vice-president B.C. Neelamma, said that Rs. 2 crore had been sought for drinking water projects in the district.