Panchayat recommends DDPI’s suspension

Staff Correspondent

Money collected from students for free bicycles

Permission sought to buy medicines other than those supplied by the Government

DDPI directed to ask tenants on school grounds to vacate premises immediately

Chitradurga: The Chitradurga Zilla Panchayat, supported by panchayat chief executive officer Rangegowda, unanimously passed a resolution recommending the suspension of Deputy Director of Public Instruction Shankarappa following allegations of inefficiency.

At the general meeting of the zilla panchayat here on Wednesday, member Shantamma alleged that money had been collected from students for free bicycles supplied by the Government. Mr. Shankarappa admitted that money had been collected and directed an official to inquire into the matter and submit a report to the chief executive officer. Mr. Rangegowda said that he had also received similar complaints and directed Mr. Shankarappa to initiate action against the teachers accused. “Three months have passed since the complaints were first registered,” he said, and asked the official why no action had been taken yet.

Irked by the remark, Mr. Shankrappa reacted angrily stating that a senior official like him did not deserve to be questioned like that. However, other members also came out in support of Mr. Rangegowda and urged him to suspend Mr. Shankarappa and bar him from the meeting.

Intervening in the matter, G.H. Tippareddy, MLC, urged the members to allow the official to attend the meeting, but supported the decision to recommend his suspension.

The panchayat also passed a resolution urging the Government to permit the civic body to purchase the medicines required instead of using medicines being supplied by the Government to the Department of Health.

Panchayat president Girijamma said that often the medicines given by the Government were not the ones required by the department. “We need more life-saving drugs such as anti-rabies and anti-venom, or medicines required during pregnancy. The Government supplies only medicines required for minor ailments such as cough and cold,” she said. Earlier, taking exception to the DDPI’s decision to permit private organisations to use the government schools grounds on rental basis, Mr. Tippareddy directed the DDPI to get the tenants to vacate the premises immediately.

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