Udupi, Aug 07, 2014: The recent molestation incident reported at Shivapura Higher Secondary School in which a Mathematics teacher was involved as the accused caused an uproar in the general meeting of Udupi Zilla Panchayath held on August 6.
member Manjunath Poojary raised the issue and questioned DDPI Nagendra Madhyastha for the casual approach that resulted in delay in action against the teacher. Poojary said that though the Block Education Officer had sent a letter over the issue to DDPI six months ago, the DDPI has not shown interest in solving the problem.
“The DDPI deliberately did not initiate action against the accused. The complaints given by three students were ignored.
The teacher was suspended only after police took action and issued notice to Public Instruction Department,” Poojary alleged. Member Ananth Muwadi accused that the act of DDPI manifests a lack of concern on the part of officials. Member Ganapathy Sriyan demanded dismissal of the teacher instead of sending him on deputation.
To the serious matters, DDPI Nagendra Madhyastha was unable to give a satisfactory reply on why he did not act immediately. He only said the teacher was suspended on last week.
Open borewells : The issue that got the attention of the house was the threat posed by open defunct bore-wells and open wells. Member Geethanjali Suvarna said that the open wells and defunct borewells are posing grave threat.
Sriyan said since 2010 till date, around 54 people have died falling in quarry pits. Muwadi said the officials concerned take up the borewell work without informing the house or the respective ZP member. Although the compensation is offered, it is remote from the value of life, he added.
Muwadi demanded that the CEO should be given the responsibility of permitting digging borewells. There needs serious deliberation. The officers penalised the violators, however they fail to ensure that the quarry pits are properly fenced and also defunct borewells were sealed. The officer from Mines and Geology department said notices were issued to parties concerned in Hosangadi and Yedamogge of Kundapur taluk. They are also asked to adequately fence their respective quarry units. She said notices would be issued twice, following which FIR will be registered, if the party fails to abide by the rules and regulations.
Ministers move unpopular : Members unanimously opposed the move by the Panchayath Raj minister to release the funds under the 13th Finance Commission to MLAs to take up road repair works in their constituencies.
Muwadi said the decision of the minister should be condemned, as it is an attempt to undermine the Panchayath Raj system. The house should approach High Court against the decision now. There is a threat to ZP’s absolute power. The funds should be released to ZP, he demanded. Udupi district will receive Rs 12 crore to take up the upgradation and formation work of 4000 kms stretch. The members decided to approve the action plan. The members also unanimously supported setting up of CCTV in ZP.
The ongoing strike of Koraga people demanding title deeds caused to vent their anger against official apathy. They alleged that ITDP department officials have not heard the grievances of the Koraga people. The official responded that Koraga people reside in DC Manna land and were demanding title deeds for the same. The KCDC (Karnataka Cashew Development Board) has taken up plantation in the area, and that was the problem. Muwadi said that the said land is exclusively earmarked for SC/ST communities. He alleged a pact between Forest department and KCDC.
DHO Dr Ramachandra Bairy said the Endosulfan victims’ pension of five months till June’14 was disbursed to 1125 patients. Since the amount has been transferred through RTGS, some of the beneficiaries did not receive the funds as their bank accounts are dead. They will be activated shortly, he assured.
Retorting to a query over sand mining policy in the district, the official said that 147 members in CRZ area have applied for registration. A joint survey has been held by Tahsildar, Forest Department, Mines and Geology Department and CRZ officials and matter is under study.