KARNATAKA

Lokayukta pleased with administration

CHITRADURGA, JULY 24. After a weeklong tour of Chitradurga district, the Lokayukta, N. Venkatachala, expressed happiness over the attempts to fine-tune the administration in the district.

Speaking at a press conference here on Saturday, Mr. Venkatachala felt that the improvement of the administrative system was not an impossible task if officers were committed and worked hard.

"I had visited this district two years ago and I can see the difference. M.A. Sadiq, the Deputy Commissioner, has tried to do his best," he said.

Mr. Venkatachala asked the Deputy Commissioner to stay at Chitradurga for another year and not to seek a transfer on his own.

Referring to the shortage of officers in the Lokayukta, Mr. Venkatachala said, "We are in need of good officers. We have requested the Government to allow the officers from other departments to come on deputation."

He had earlier visited various public offices in Chitradurga town along with his team.

His day began with a visit to a slum near the government bus stand.

Mr. Venkatachala directed the officials to recover money from those who had executed substandard works in the Chitradurga district hospital.

He came down heavily on a doctor who is said to have demanded money from patients.

He also visited the City Municipal Council and took the officers to task for not collecting taxes properly.

He visited the stadium and reprimanded the district youth services officer for the lapses.

He also unearthed a purchase scam in the Chitradurga Urban Development Authority (CUDA). The CUDA had purchased cement dustbins at a cost of Rs. 1,180 each, when the actual price was Rs. 350.

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