Action sought over deletion of names from pension schemes in Mangalore

Mangalore Taluk Panchayat members have questioned the officials of the Treasury Department for deleting names of several persons from pension schemes.

The members demanded an explanation from the Deputy Commissioner. They demanded action against officials who had allegedly removed the names in an indiscriminate manner.

The issue of deletion of several names of the beneficiaries was prominent among the issues raised at the Mangalore Taluk Panchayat meeting held on Friday. Panchayat member Harish said the name of 70-year-old Yamuna Poovappa of Moodshedde had been deleted from the Sandhya Suraksha scheme by mentioning her as dead instead of the victim Yamuna Hoovaiah, also from the same village. Despite bringing this mistake to notice, officials failed to correct it and restore pension for Ms. Poovappa.

To this, a revenue official said beneficiaries were chosen by the tahsildar while the disbursement of pension was being done by District Treasury officials. The name of Ms. Poovappa, who was sanctioned pension in March 2011, was deleted on the basis of intimation given by a local postman.

Subsequently, the tahsildar had written to Treasury Department officials on June 30 to pay Ms. Poovappa the pension amount pending so far, she said. Mr. Harish said this letter had not made any difference. “The Treasury officials had told the woman that she would get pension from June only and not of the months she had been denied the benefit. How can she be denied of pension when there is no fault of hers?” Mr. Kumar said, further questioning the deletion of names of Ramavathi and Ugrappa Kottari from the disabled pension scheme.

Taluk Panchayat Member Prakash Yedapadavu questioned the authority of the Treasury Department officials in deleting the names of the beneficiaries. “If the tahsildar orders payment of pension, how can the Treasury officials overrule his order?” he questioned.

Panchayat members raised other specific cases of deletion in their areas. They all wanted a reply from the Mangalore tahsildar, who, the Panchayat Executive Officer said, was not in a position to attend the meeting as he was at a high-level meeting at the Deputy Commissioner’s office.

The members sought to know from the revenue official the name of the Treasury Department Officer who had deleted names of the beneficiaries.

Mangalore Taluk Panchayat president Bhavya Gangadhar said a letter would be written to the Deputy Commissioner seeking reasons for deletion of beneficiaries and disciplinary action against the official responsible for deletion of the name of Mr. Poovappa and others. Ms. Gangadhar said a special meeting would be held to discuss issues involving the Revenue Department.

Earlier, a taluk panchayat member raised the issue of problems caused because of the use of two quarters of taluk panchayat office in Moodbidri as a godown by the taluk office. The member said this had denied the Panchayat Development Officer of Shirtady Gram Panchayat of the quarters. “The PDO has been forced to stay in a rented house in Sullia ,” the member said. The Executive Officer said a letter would be written to the taluk office to vacate the quarters in a week’s time.

Taluk panchayat Member Prema expressed the need for measures to prevent the increasing number of accidents in Beluvai Mathadakere near Moodbidri on the National Highway. Another member pointed out absence of a medical officer at the Public Health Centre in Beluvai for the past one month.

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