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Good demand for Bhoomi kiosks: official

UDUPI NOV. 13. The Principal Secretary (Public Grievances) of the Department of Personnel and Administrative Reforms, R. Suresh, on Thursday said there was a lot of demand for Bhoomi kiosks at the hobli level in the State.

He told presspersons here that Udupi district had a good record in distributing land records through the Bhoomi kiosks. The State Government was giving priority to disposing of petitions at the earliest. Mr. Suresh said he had personally toured 16 districts in the State to listen to public grievances and motivate officials to dispose of the petitions pending before them. The officials had been directed to immediately dispose of petitions that had no financial implications.

The Chief Minister, S.M. Krishna, had received over 9,000 petitions during the "Janaspandana" programme in the eight districts that he toured, Mr. Suresh said. Of them, 4,000 petitions had already been disposed of. A sum of Rs. 90 crore was required to dispose of the other petitions.

He said it was incumbent upon officials to issue press statements on important matters. The important matters brought to his notice in today's grievance redressal meeting included making the Mangalore-Kundapur national highway a four-lane one, widening of the Udupi-Manipal Road, and the construction of the district offices complex, Mr. Suresh said.

The Deputy Commissioner, S.R. Umashankar, said the district administration had received 1,319 petitions since the district was formed. Of these, 1,312 petitions had been disposed of and only six were pending.

The district administration was holding mass contact programmes — Jana Samparka Sabhas — in a bid to solve the problems of people at their doorstep. So far, eight mass contact programmes had been held in Kundapur taluk, 12 in Udupi taluk, and 10 in Karkala taluk. As many as 7,645 petitions had been disposed of in these programmes, he said.