Staff Correspondent

March set as deadline for completing projects taken up under calamity relief fund

Directives

  • Take extra care with regard to quality of work
  • Conduct inspections by a third party

    BIJAPUR: Amitha Prasad, Regional Commissioner of Belgaum, has directed the district administration to gear up to tackle the problem of water scarcity during summer.

    Reviewing the progress of natural calamity relief measures at a meeting here on Thursday, she said that the administration should ensure that there would not be anyproblem with regard to supply of drinking water and fodder. Preparations should be made well in advance so that people would not suffer.

    Review

    Nodal officers and tahsildars should regularly review the position of water and fodder, she added.

    Ms. Prasad set March as the deadline for completing works taken up under the calamity relief fund. Extra care should be taken with regard to the quality of work, and inspections had to be conducted by a third party, she said.

    Deputy Commissioner Mohammad Mohsin said that around 100 villages and "tandas" (Lambani habitations) that faced acute drinking water scarcity last summer were provided water from outside.

    This season, there had already been reports of some villages facing water scarcity and relief measures had been initiated, he said.

    The district had received 3,000 tonnes of foodgrains and Rs. 10 crore for scarcity relief work for 2006-07.

    As many as 224 works had been taken up and Rs. 4.72 crore spent till February 15, he said.

    New projects

    Approval had been given to 172 new projects for which a sum of Rs. 3.42 crore had been earmarked, Mr. Mohsin said.

    As much as Rs. 5.15 crore had been released to the taluks for flood relief, he said.

    A major portion of it had gone for compensation of crop loss.

    Besides, Rs. 1.39 crore had been given for infrastructure restoration including cross drainage and roadwork, he added.

    Ms. Prasad also reviewed the progress of the National Rural Health Mission.

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