Hostel conditions: DC pulls up officials

Staff Correspondent

Detailed report to be sent to Department of Social Welfare

Installation of solar power supply systems at hostels suggestedOfficials asked to make overnight stopovers at villages

CHITRADURGA: Deputy Commissioner K. Amarnarayan has pulled up officials of the Department of Social Welfare for "negligence" and the poor conditions at Government hostels for students here.

Chairing a public grievances meeting here on Saturday, Mr. Amarnarayan said he was disappointed over the poor condition of the hostels, and instructed officials to take steps to improve them.

The matter was brought up at the meeting by officials of several departments who had paid surprise visits to the hostels, as ordered by the Deputy Commissioner. Most of the officials complained about mismanagement at the hostels, including maintenance of fake records of the strength of students, poor infrastructure and provision of poor quality food to students. Mr. Amarnarayan said a detailed report on the hostels would be sent to the Chief Secretary of the Department of Social Welfare so that action could be taken. When the Deputy Commissioner's attention was drawn to complaints of poor power supply at most of the hostels, he suggested that solar systems be installed. He asked officials to prepare a plan in this regard that would include the estimated cost, which would be sent to the Government for approval. Mr. Amarnarayan was told that due to the dearth of wardens at the hostels, many teachers were being given their duties. He directed the officials of the Education Department to issue relieving orders to the teachers. He added that a report would be sent to the Government on the need for more wardens.

Village visits

Following Chief Minister H.D. Kumaraswamy's decision to make overnight stopovers at different villages, Mr. Amarnarayan said each official should stay at any one village of their choice and conduct public grievances meeting there. He said they should make note of these grievances and submit reports to the district administration for action to be taken.