Udupi, Jan 09 2020: Speaking after inaugurating a Mini Vidhana Soudha in Udupi and laying foundation stone for the construction of a Mini Vidhana Soudha near Bannanje on January 8, Wednesday. Revenue Minister R Ashoka said officials have been directed to visit villages and ensure that the benefits of the government’s schemes are delivered to the door steps of the beneficiaries.
Minister Ashoka also said said ‘Halligalige Nadeyeeri Adhikarigalige’ programme (Walk of officials towards villages) is designed with the objective of taking the schemes to the door steps of the beneficiaries. Under the initiative, DC, assistant commissioner and tahsildars will interact with people at their door steps once in a month and dispose of the applications pending in the Revenue Department, he added.
He said the funds required for the development of Udupi district will be released immediately. “The Mini Vidhana Soudha was built by Karnataka Housing Board at a total cost of Rs 10 crore. Spread over 43,178 sqft area, it will have the tahsildar’s office, a court room, office of the Food and Civil Supplies Department, office of assistant director of land records (ADLR), office of the MLA and a conference hall with a seating capacity of 200 persons on the second floor,” he said.
Ashoka, justifying the need to link Aadhaar with bank accounts, said the state government is spending Rs 7,500 crore annually to pay the pension. This move will eliminate fake beneficiaries and help the government to save Rs 900 crore,
He said the old age pension will be delivered at the door steps of the people and Udupi has been chosen as a pilot district for this initiative. About 2,000 beneficiaries have been identified in Udupi district for this project, he added.
‘BJP govt committed to building houses for homeless’
Housing Minister V Somanna said the chief minister and BJP led government in state were committed to providing houses for the homeless.
He was addressing the gathering after laying the foundation stone for the construction of 460 houses in 8.22 acres of land in Herga in Saralebettu ward on January 8, Wednesday. He said the project to avail 460 flats in Udupi is financially supported by Karnataka Slum Development Board (KSDB).
The houses are built by Udupi CMC. He said it was difficult for the poor to have houses of their own. In order to help such people residing in slums, the government through the centre’s ‘Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana’ is implementing housing schemes.
Somanna said that earlier the presidents of respective gram panchayats were given the freedom to select beneficiaries for the housing schemes.
“Following charges of nepotism in the selection of beneficiaries, the government had empowered Udupi DC and Zilla Panchayat CEO, Panchayat Development Officers to select the beneficiaries,” he said.
This move by the government will ensure transparency in the selection of the beneficiaries, he said. Minister added that more beneficiaries will be identified in the days to come, once the land was identified. Somanna responding to Udupi MLA K Raghupathi Bhat’s demand approved a proposal for another 1000 flats for the homeless, he added.