Mangalore: Mistakes will not be tolerated, warns Ramanath Rai at review meeting
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Daijiworld Media Network Mangalore
Mangalore, Jun 15: "Development works in the district will be carried out with the co-operation of various departments for the benefit of people, but at the same time, mistake will not be tolerated," said district in-charge minister B Ramanath Rai.
He addressed the officials during the district progress review meeting held at the DC office here on Saturday June 15.
Briefing about the loss caused due to rain, district commissioner N Prakash said this year three people have died, two of them due to lightning strike. As many as 32 houses were completely damaged, and three cattle died.
In response, minister Rai asked the officials concerned to provide compensation to the families of the deceased before they could come to them. The minister also asked details about the extent of damage incurred last year and also the necessary measures taken by the district administration.
Social Security Project
Currently, altogether 71,975 beneficiaries in the district receive financial benefit under categories like old age pension (5,229), widow pension (26,948), handicap pension (15,022), and Sandhya Suraksha (24,726). "Also, there are 15,946 newly approved applications. As many as 642 applications were rejected this year," said the DC.
Commenting on this, MLC Monappa Bhandary and MLA JR Lobo said that out of the rejected applications, a few people were still eligible to receive benefits. They urged for re-verification of the applications to which the DC replied that he would personally monitor it.
Food and civil supplies department
There are 511 fair price shops in the district and 3,97,057 people have ration cards and 6981 new application were received this year, said the DC. Raising an issue, J R Lobo said people face lot of problems like slow software, inadequate seating arrangement, rude behavior by officials at Aadhar card/ration card centers etc. He urged the officials to look into the matter on priority.
About Aadhar card center, the DC said currently there are 80 machines in the district, but the number is insufficient and hence there is delay in work. "We have placed a demand for an additional 20 machines. Once we receive them, the problem will be sorted out," he said.
On the 30 kg rice at Re 1 scheme announced by the state government, minister Rai said that it will be launched on July 10. "As many as 1,79,352 people in the district are eligible to receive rice at Re 1 and the district needs 7,000 tons of rice to fulfil the demand," he said.
Referring to major projects like bus stand, establishing Ranga Mandira and Thumbay vented dam, Lobo asked the district administration and the district in-charge minister to keep a separate meeting to discuss these major topics.
Health minister U T Khadar, fisheries minister Abhaychandra Jain, MP Nalin Kumar Kateel, MLA Shakuntala Shetty, district in-charge secretary Bharat Lal Meena, CEO of ZP K N Vijayprakash, police commissioner Manish Karbikar, ZP president Koragappa Nayak among others were present.
The Thumbay vented dam project, urban development projects, RTC delay and various other issues were also discussed in the meeting.