Udupi: September 16, 2015: Chief Executive Officer of Udupi Zilla Panchayat, M. Kanagavalli said on Tuesday that the process of selection of five villages each in five Assembly constituencies of the district under the Gram Vikas Yojana was on. She was speaking at the monthly Karnataka Development Programme review meeting here.
Ms. Kanagavalli said that Rs. 75 lakh would be released to each village for the implementation of development works. She said that under the Swachh Bharat campaign, efforts would be made to construct toilets in villages by September 25.
She directed the nodal officers to submit details of the toilets constructed and submit a report to her. She also directed them to give priority to construction of toilets so that Udupi could be become an open defecation-free district.
She directed the executive officers of taluk panchayats to identify land in the newly carved out gram panchayats in the district so that offices could be built there.
Anthony Maria Immanuel, Deputy Director of Agriculture, said that normally, the district should have received 4,027 mm of rainfall by now. But, it had received only 3,083 mm. In some places, crops were withering. Already, the department had distributed relief for crop damage in 100 hecatres of land. Preparations were on to cultivate groundnut as second crop in parts of the district.
There had been 50 mm of rainfall in the district since the night of September 14. This had increased the prospects of a good second crop.
Though there was a scheme to take farmers of the district on a tour, it could not be taken up because of the high prices being demanded by tourist agencies, Mr. Immanuel said.
Ms. Kanagavalli said that the grant allotted for the farmers’ tour should be utilised within the given timeframe. She asked the officials of the Minor Irrigation Department to submit complete details of the vented dams in the district.
District Health and Family Welfare Officer Rohini said that 28 cases of A (H1N1) had been reported in the district and four persons had died due to it in August. Twenty-four cases of dengue had been reported. Awareness was being created about precautionary measures to check the spread A (H1N1) influenza prevention, she said.