Udupi, Nov 29, 2017 : Kaup MLA and former minister Vinay Kumar Sorake said that as the public distribution system (PDS) shops are directly connected to cooperative societies, there are possibilities of illegal activities.
Addressing officials of various departments at the taluk-level KDP quarterly meet on Wednesday, Sorake said that there are hordes of complaints over disruption in the supply of ration. Brown rice, which is in huge demand in the area, lacks adequate supply, he added.
The district food and civil supplies officer, however, said that the brown rice which is supplied to the PDS shops are all given to hostels.
Following the accusations of Taluk Panchayat president Nalini Pradeep Rao that the ration is not given after 24th of every month, Sorake ordered an inquiry into the irregularities.
He looked into the possibility of identifying the lands to ensure houses for the needy. The executive officer said there are several acres of government land at Athradi. Sorake too said that 200 acres of government land is in the possession of Suzlon Company and could be used for site allocation.
The officers were instructed to look into the issue of nearly 2000 houses remaining incomplete since 2013-14 under Basava Vasati Yojane. As many as 35 houses are pending under the scheme since 2013-14, 106 since 2014-15, 269 since 2015-16, 233 since in 2016-17, and for the year, 2017-18, 277 houses are pending. Sorake asked why, in spite of proper documentation, like linking the Aadhaar number to the bank account, the beneficiaries are unable to avail of the benefit under the scheme. He demanded immediate clarification from the officers.
One of the officers at the meeting said a beneficiary was yet to pay Rs 3,800 for the title deeds under 94C and Rs 10,000 under 94CC. In Udupi Assembly constituency, as many as 3,397 applications were received, of which 287 were approved. As many as 1,323 applicants had received the title deeds while 964 are yet to receive. Under 94CC as many as 5,228 applications were received, while 2,481 were accepted, 800 applicants had received the title deeds.
Sorake said the land which had partial deemed forest problem has been sorted out, while the land in the deemed forest areas requires clearance. The proposal to clear 60% of the proposed deemed forest is under Cabinet scrutiny. Once the approval is sought, affidavit can be submitted, he added.