Udupi, Mar 15, 2016: MLA Pramod Madhwaraj,on mar 14, Monday directed panchayat development officers and village secretaries to give priority to the supply of drinking water in the water scarce areas of Udupi Assembly constituency. He was chairing a meeting of PDOs and village secretaries on supply of drinking water in Udupi Assembly Constituency here.
MLA Madhwaraj said that providing water should be given top priority. Except for Varambally, Badanidiyur and Kemmanu, all other gram panchayts in the constituency had areas which faced drinking water scarcity.
The PDOs should immediately check all the water sources in these villages. This included ponds, open wells and bore wells. They should also make a list of areas facing water scarcity and submit it to the Task Force for Drinking Water which was functioning under his chairmanship.
The Task Force would then make arrangements for supply of drinking water through tankers. “No file related to drinking water should be kept pending in gram panchayats or other offices. If any file on drinking water was found pending for over 24 hours, action will be taken against the official concerned,” he said.
He directed the Assistant Executive Engineer, Water Supply, Satish, to inspect the functioning of all borewells and pumpsets installed at water sources. He directed the officials of Mangalore Electricity Supply Company to provide power connections to drinking water pump sets immediately.
Janardhan Tonse, zilla panchayat member, said that there was severe water shortage in his Kallianpur Zilla Panchayat constituency area and urged for water projects to be taken under the Multi Village Scheme (MVS).
MLA Madhwaraj said the Union government had stopped funding the MVS. Earlier, both the Union and the State governments used to contribute funds of 50 per cent each for the MVS. Now the State would have to decide on the funding of MVS, he said.
MLA Satish suggested that the help of Indian Space Research Organisation could also be taken to conduct hydrology survey of water parched villages. This would make it easier to locate the areas which had water and then to utilise it. This had been done in some districts of North Karnataka, he said.
Officials asked to compile lists of people without house sites
Udupi : MLA Pramod Madhwaraj, on March 14, Monday said that panchayat development officers and village assistants should prepare the list of persons without sites by March-end. He was presiding over a meeting on providing sites to persons without sites in Udupi Assembly Constituency.
MLA Madhwaraj said that in places where the PDOs had already prepared a list of persons without sites, they should cross-check it by April 15 and publish it on April 16 and stick it on the notice boards of gram panchayats and the Udupi Taluk Office. The names of the beneficiaries should be published along with their addresses.
If any person including municipal councilors, taluk panchayat members or zilla panchayat members had objections to any beneficiary on the list, it should be recorded. The entire process of selection of beneficiaries should be transparent.
The applications of persons without sites would be divided into three lists. List ‘A’ would comprise landless people living in rented houses, and these applicants would be given preference while distributing sites or flats.
List ‘B’ will comprise a husband and wife and their children. But if two sons were married or two families were staying in a house, an additional site would be provided to one family. List ‘C’ would comprise people having both sites and houses. Such applications would be rejected.