Mangaluru, Dec 7, 2016: Speaking at the meeting, District In-charge Minister Ramanath Rai directed the Minor Irrigation department officials to prepare a proposal on the vented dams that require immediate repair and its maintenance. The quarterly Karnataka Development Programme (KDP) meeting resolved to write to the state government to chalk out programmes to increase the ground water table and maintenance of vented dams in the district.
Minister Rai said that to arrest depletion in ground water table, increase in intrusion of salt water, solve water scarcity, there is a need to chalk out programmes for increasing the ground water table. An official from Minor Irrigation department said vents of 56 vented dams do not have wooden planks to close them in order to store water and help charging the ground water table. A proposal of Rs 86 lakh has been submitted to the government on the same.
School uniforms : Zilla Panchayat Standing Committee on Education president Shahul Hameed said that uniforms have not been distributed to the government schoolchildren in Puttur and Sullia. To which, DDPI Walter D’Mellow said all the children have received the first set of uniform.
For second set of uniform, the School Development and Monitoring Committees (SDMCs) were given Rs 200 per child for procurement of uniforms. Accordingly, the SDMCs have placed an order for the uniforms. The supplier has failed to supply uniforms to the schools in four clusters in Dakshina Kannada district. The minister directed the DDPI to ensure that the uniforms are supplied immediately to the students.
SSA coordinator Geetha Devadas said 140 school dropout children have been identified in Dakshina Kannada district during the year, of which 121 students have been brought to the mainstream. Nineteen children could not be brought to the portals of school as they have migrated to neighbouring districts.
Toll gate : The KDP meeting also passed a resolution to shift toll plaza at Brahmarakootlu near B C Road. The plaza has been causing inconvenience to the vehicle users for lack of service road.
The meeting also resolved to urge the Mangaluru City Corporation (MCC) to earmark fund in its budget for the repair of anganwadi centres and schools in its jurisdiction. MLA J R Lobo said that there are no budgetary allocations for the repair of anganwadi buildings in urban areas. Hence, it was decided to urge the MCC to earmark fund for the same.