KARNATAKA

Ensure quality work in housing projects, officials told

Taking stock: Officials at the Karnataka Development Programme review meeting in Bidar on Wednesday.

Taking stock: Officials at the Karnataka Development Programme review meeting in Bidar on Wednesday.  

District-level officials will be held responsible for poor quality of work in Ashraya and Ambedkar housing schemes, Bidar Zilla Panchayat president Naseemoddin Patel said in Bidar on Wednesday.

At the Karnataka Development Programme review meeting here, Mr. Patel said he had received complaints about irregularities in the selection of beneficiaries and poor quality of work in the housing schemes.

He asked officials to ensure that beneficiaries were selected by gram sabhas and that the houses were of high quality.

Of the 3,537 houses to be constructed in the district this year under the Ashraya scheme, 894 were complete. Similarly, 49 of the 322 houses under the Ambedkar scheme and 395 of the 2,477 proposed under the Indira Awas Yojana were complete, project director S. Suryakanth said.

Warned

Mr. Patel also warned officials of strict action if they failed to finalise the list of beneficiaries of the Swarna Jayanti Gram Swarozgar Yojana, within a month.

Vacancies

Mr. Patel said he had received complaints from parents that there were long-pending vacancies for Kannada teachers at Urdu- and Marathi-medium schools.

“This is the main reason why pass percentage in SSLC is low. Officials should find a solution to it. They could transfer surplus teachers from schools in the cities to rural areas,” the zilla panchayat president said.

Deputy Director of Public Instruction Mohammad Bashir said Kannada teachers were being deputed to schools that had sanctioned posts.

“But, the real problem is with schools that don't have sanctioned posts of Kannada teachers. Surplus teachers will be posted to rural schools. Teachers are also being trained regularly. The department has formed teams of officials to conduct surprise visits to schools to get feedback on their functioning,” he said.



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