KARNATAKA

Hassan, seven towns to be developed

HASSAN, JULY 24. The Government is planning to develop Hassan city and seven towns in the district — Holenarsipur, Arkalgud, Channarayapatna, Alur, Sakleshpur, Belur and Arsikere — on a pilot basis by taking a loan from the Asian Development Bank (ADB).

Speaking to presspersons here on Friday, the Minister for Public Works and Energy, H.D. Revanna, said that the Commissioner of Hassan City Municipal Council (CMC) and executive officers of all the Town Municipal Councils had been directed to draft proposals and submit them to the ADB.

He said that the authorities of the departments of Revenue, Agriculture and Horticulture had been directed to educate potato growers in the district on the importance of crop insurance.

He also said he would take steps to settle crop insurance claims of potato growers which had been pending for the past two years.

Mr. Revanna, who is also the district in-charge Minister, said that it had been decided that taluk-level officers would convene a meeting once a month at the taluk headquarters to listen to grievances of the people.

District-level officers would also hold a similar meeting at the district headquarters, he added.

Cautioned

Mr. Revanna said that he had instructed the authorities to identify and prepare a list of people who were in the below the poverty line category in all taluks by August 15. Authorities had been cautioned against negligence in listing the beneficiaries under Public Distribution System (PDS). Mr. Revanna said that people could appeal to the authorities concerned about lapses in the list. The final list would be prepared by August 20. Green cards would be issued to the enlisted people by following the guidelines issued by the Government, he added.

The authorities had also been directed to prepare a list of beneficiaries who were waiting for the allotment of houses by the Slum Board in the next 15 days, he added.

Sites

Mr. Revanna said that at the recent review meeting, he learned that 20,578 people in rural areas and 15,294 people in urban areas were waiting for the allotment of sites under the Rajiv Gandhi Housing Scheme of the Ashraya programme. The authorities had identified land for distributing sites to them. It had also been planned to purchase land from private owners, Mr. Revanna said.

In view of the recent electrocution of a boy in Bangalore, he directed the Mangalore Electricity Supply Company (MESCOM) to identify electricity lines and poles, which posed a danger to the public and shift them on a priority basis.

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