Houseless people yet to get financial aid

UDUPI, JUNE 1. The Udupi Zilla Panchayat, in its general body meeting on Monday, directed the Executive Officers of the taluk panchayats to provide financial aid to those who did not have houses or plots, as per a government norm.

Raising the issue, Remedia D'Souza, a member of the zilla panchayat, said many people without sites in Karkala taluk had still not got the financial assistance promised to them.

The officials of the Karkala Taluk Panchayat had not released the amount to the gram panchayats, she alleged and said that the officials were issuing contradictory statements to the press on the distribution of the financial aid.

She was supported by Bhujanga Shetty and Ashok Kumar Hegde.

An official from the Karkala Taluk Panchayat said the distribution of financial aid had been deferred for four days on the instructions of the Karkala MLA, Sunil Kumar.

However, the members contended that the beneficiaries could not be left in the lurch.

The President of the zilla panchayat, U. Vanajakshi, ruled that officials should follow the government norms with regard to distribution of financial aid.

The Chief Executive Officer of the zilla panchayat, K. Sundar Naik, told the house that the Government had issued a circular stating that only gram sabhas had the powers to select beneficiaries of government schemes and not government officials.

When the issue of starting preschool training centres under the Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan came up for discussion, the House was told that 60 such centres would come up in the district.

The Chairman of the Standing Committee on Education and Health, Raju Poojary, said it was incumbent upon the officials to keep the House informed of all developments pertaining to the Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan.

V.S. Acharya, MLC, said the district had topped the State in the SSLC examination results.

Though the performance of government schools was good, there was still scope for improvement, he added.

Unaided schools had performed better. The zilla panchayat should urge the Government to give aid to these schools, he said.

When the members raised questions about the trimester system to be introduced by the Government, the Deputy Director of Public Instruction, E. Nanjappa, said the teachers of all schools would be trained in the new system by June 10.

Dr. Acharya noted that only 23 students belonging to the Koraga community had appeared for the SSLC examination. Of them, only 13 had passed.

A workshop should be held to encourage the Koraga children to take up education, he said. An official of the Integrated Tribal Development Programme, who was present, agreed to the suggestion.

Mr. Hegde wanted to know why there had been a delay in appointing additional teachers to some of the schools in the district.

But Mr. Nanjappa maintained that there was no such delay.