The state government organized Janaspandana, a programme to discuss unresolved issues bothering members of the public as well as representative of various government departments" />
Mangalore, January 2: The state government organized Janaspandana, a programme to discuss unresolved issues bothering members of the public as well as representative of various government departments, in the Town Hall of Mangalore on Jan 2, Saturday.
MLA Yogish Bhat was the chief guest. While answering several queries, he also touched upon the issue of over speeding on the concrete roads. He also assured that the Bengre – Kuloor rope way, the construction of which commenced long back, will be completed shortly.
One of the circle inspectors who were present at the programme confirmed that more than 1000 cases against over speeding have been registered. As of now, the problem of over speeding can be checked only in places such as MG Road and Kottara Chowki, but steps are being taken to control it in other areas too.
The circle inspector also said that answering phone calls while driving is an offence; riders and motorists will be fined for it. He suggested that the RTO issue orders to car owners to use plain glass windows instead of tinted glass ones. This will make it easier for the authorities concerned to nab motorists who attend mobile phone calls while driving, he suggested.
In response to a query by Sheshamma, the former deputy mayor, Bhat said that the officials do have a plan to link the roads between Padil and Jeppina Mogaru; however, this plan cannot be implemented owing to lack of funds.
Muralidhar Bolar, the former member of the Mangalore City Corporation, informed that widow pensions were delayed or deducted by the corporation clerks. Moreover, an enquiry into this matter was conducted very late. The officials are also said to have behaved in a rude manner toward the beneficiaries, he complained.
An MLA said that an enquiry was conducted into the matter and that the clerk in question was suspended nine months ago. He also said that the officials must not delay issuing pensions while enquiries are going on because this will cause unnecessary suffering to the widows whose pension is delayed.
Ration card issues were also discussed during the Janaspandana. The officials concerned said that the members of the public who were issued cards without photographs will be given an opportunity to get a photograph. Moreover, all correction of errors in ration cards will be done from the following month after the installment of a new printer. They also informed that, since the software had no LPG facility, ration cards were issued to those in the Above Poverty Line (APL) category only. This software is currently being upgraded, they informed.