Haliyal MLA upset by officials’ absence


Karwar: Haliyal MLA Suneel Hegade has expressed unhappiness over the absence of officials of different departments in the Karnataka Development Programme review meeting in Joida taluk on Tuesday. While several senior officers of different departments were absent, junior-level officers were present. This angered the MLA and he issued a warning to the absent officials not to take the meeting with the public representatives lightly.

Most of the junior-level officers who attended the meeting had no knowledge of the development works taken up by their respective department. When the issues related to the Department of Agriculture were taken up, officials concerned failed to give convincing answers to queries raised. Mr. Hegade directed them to resolve the issue of shortage of seeds and fertilizers.

The members of the public who attended the meeting were unhappy with the way Hescom officials responded to their queries and problems. They alleged that there was no electricity in Kaneri and Kodugali villages from the past six months. The transformers had not been changed since then. The electric wires were allowed to hang on the branches of the trees and when questioned officials said electric poles were unavailable. For last several months Gundh and Ulavi villages did not have linemen. The Hescom officials promised the meeting that they would address the issues at the earliest. The general public who attended the meeting alleged that the employees of the Department of Revenue were demanding money to issue the no-objection certificates.

Mr. Hegade asked the Forest Department officils to implement ‘Project Tiger’ without disturbing the people living in the forest areas. He said he would oppose the project if Forest Department forcibly evicted forest-dwellers. He said officials must try to convince people on the need to implement Project Tiger’ and make alternative arrangements for people who would voluntarily vacate the place. He added that displaced forest-dwellers should be provided with adequate compensation and alternative houses and land. He asked forest officials to use discretion while using forest resources. He said funds released for the project should not be misused.