Dharwad Zilla Panchayat president Chaitra Shirur has directed the officials concerned to take all necessary actions to check the possible spread of dengue and chikungyunya in the district.
Chairing a Karnataka Development Programmes (KDP) monthly meeting here on Wednesday, Ms. Chaitra said that these fevers may spread during the monsoon.
Therefore, the Health Department officials should create awareness among the people, especially the rural dwellers, regarding the precautionary measures required to be taken to check the spread of these fevers in the district.
They should focus more on slum areas and remote villages in the district, she said.
Referring to the complaints about pure water drinking units not functioning properly in some places, Ms. Chaitra said that the officials concerned should collect information about such units, carry out repairs to them and ensure availability of pure drinking water to the people.
She said that she had also directed the officials of the Department of Public Instructions to see that playgrounds and toilets of government schools which are in bad shape are repaired without any delay.
The playgrounds of many schools in the district are not in good shape, she said.
Deputy Director of Public Instructions (DDPI) N.H. Naganur told the meeting that the district has made 99.09 % achievement in admitting children to school.
A total of 1.67 lakh children have been admitted to I to VI standards and 93,862 children were admitted to VI to VIII standards in the district. As many as 57 students had remained out of school till December last and the department got 48 children admitted to schools. Textbooks and uniforms too have been supplied to schools, he said.
Department of Agriculture Joint Director T.S. Rudreshappa said that sowing in the district had been completed in 92 % of the targeted area. The target area was 2.31 lakh hectares and sowing has been completed in 2.12 lakh hectares. Sowing of green gram, groundnut, paddy and cotton is reported in large areas, he said.
Zilla Panchayat Chief Executive Officer Snehal Rayamane pointed out at the bad shape of the public libraries in the rural areas and instructed the officials to ensure proper maintenance of rural libraries and keep them open till 8 p.m.