Mangaluru, Nov 05, 2015: Chairing the monthly SC/ST grievances meeting at the SP’s office on Nov 3, Udupi SP Dr S D Sharanappa has said that the State government has sanctioned 99 staff for the Dharmasthala police station and the Bantwal traffic police station.
Bantwal traffic station has started functioning already and Dharmasthala station will commence within 15 days. He also said He said that the government has sanctioned 44 staff for the Dharmasthala police station including two PSIs, two ASIs, 10 HCs and 30 CPCs. Bantwal station will get 45 staff including two PSIs, two ASIs, 10 HCs, 10 HCs and 30 police constables. Dalit leader Shekhar said that the government has dropped 18 Malekudiya youths who were serving as home guards in the Belthangady region, following the non-availability of funds for the development of the Maoist-affected areas. They have not received salary for the past three months, he added
The SP claimed that the Police Department treats Malekudiyas just like 800 other home guards, that they have not been dropped from their service, as well as that their salary has been released on October 28 and it will reach their accounts soon. This is a special setup in the district to develop a bonding between tribal communities with police and society.
It was alleged that the Forest Department is becoming a hurdle for the development works in the Maoist-affected areas of Belthangady. Areas like Kuthloor need basic amenities like road and electricity. During his visit, the DC agreed to develop road in the region, but the officials are stopping progress.
A DSS leader said that in Kadaba station limits, some people are threatening Dalit community for walking on Panchayat roads. Though it is around 15 days after filing a complaint with the tahsildar and the Kadaba police, no action has been taken. In Uppinangady station limits, because of the cattle transportation issue, the area has become communally sensitive. Clashes have become common affair.
The SP said that the police are in connection with the public in such areas, so that they can share information. The police will take action without considering caste and community of criminals. The police response time is minimum, which is just five minutes and journey time.
Anand said that Kudmul Ranga Rao Hostel has received around 70 additional applications. Though it was requested to provide rooms for rent for others, the administration has not responded. Around 10 students, who did not get seat, could not continue their education. The compound wall and gate of the hostel are in deplorable condition. The government should arrange security too.
District Social Welfare Officer Santhosh Kumar said that he was ready to provide seats to the remaining students under 25 per cent quota for SCs. An estimated proposal of Rs nine crore has been submitted to the government for the repair of compound wall and gate. The fund will be released.