KDP meet expresses concern over irregular supply of LPG

Authorities told to set right anomalies in distribution of scholarships

Staff Correspondent

MANGALORE: The Karnataka Development Programme (KDP) meeting for May held here on Monday took note of irregular supply of liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) cylinders to consumers.

The meeting expressed concern over LPG dealers collecting differential rates for LPG cylinders supplied to consumers inconsistently and urged the authorities concerned to deal with the issue.

Somanath, president of Dakshina Kannada Zilla Panchayat, chaired the KDP meeting, which took stock of progress achieved by various departments.

The Assistant Director, Department of Kannada and Culture, said that heads of six departments are not submitting reports on steps taken to implement the official language in the prescribed format and on time.

Mr. Somanath directed heads of the Departments of Fisheries, Adult Education, Youth Affairs and Sports and Khadi and Village Industries and Executive Officers of Bantwal, Puttur and Belthangady taluk panchayats, which are yet to make any progress in small savings, to report their progress at the next meeting. He stressed on the need for all departments to meet targets in this regard.

Arvind Shrivastava, in-charge Chief Executive Officer of the zilla panchayat and Deputy Commissioner, sought explanation from the social welfare officer for digressing from targets set by the Government.

He expressed concern at the reported discrimination in distribution of scholarships and directed the authorities concerned to set right the anomalies.

Philomena Lobo, Deputy Director of Public Instruction, assured to investigate a complaint that some government colleges are collecting additional fee from students belonging to the Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes. Mr. Somanath also sought explanation from the Integrated Tribal Development Programme officer (ITDP) for deducting Rs. 260 out of Rs. 2,600 scholarship given to SC/ST students.

Noting that the Centre has instructed that members of Koraga community should be provided new houses at their current places of residence, Mr. Somanath directed the ITDP Department to follow up on it. He directed officials of the Mangalore Electricity Company Limited to raise the level of wires leading to a transformer set up for drinking water project in Nelyadi gram panchayat limits in Puttur taluk.

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