Mangaluru, Sep 1, 2016: ZP, Zilla Panchayat members unanimously decided to provide Rs 10,000 for one school each in the 36 constituencies for the purchase of sports kits. The decision was taken at the continued second general meeting chaired by president Meenakshi Shanthigodu on Aug 31, Wednesday, in order to promote sports in schools.
The ZP members said that government schools do not have sports kits and the Zilla Panchayat should earmark funds for the purchase of sports kits. Officials from the Department of Youth Empowerment and Sports said that Rs 2 lakh has been earmarked for the purchase of sports kits for 20 schools. The members, however, wanted the kits to be purchased for at least one school in each constituency. The ZP CEO P I Sreevidya said that Rs 10,000 would be given for one school in each constituency.
Member Koragappa Naik said, the guidelines that 2% of the income of the local governing bodies and gram panchayats should be earmarked for the promotion of sports is not followed as rule. Reacting to it, the CEO said that she has asked all the GPs to earmark 2% of the fund for sports. "A circular will be issued to all the gram and taluk panchayats to follow the guidelines. Funds will be directly credited to the selected schools in each constituency," she assured.
The ZP members said that the local governance bodies should earmark fund for the development of Zilla Panchayat schools under their administration.
A request should be sent to the ULBs in this regard. The members also approved of an action plan of Rs 35 lakh for the repair of school buildings and Rs 20 lakh for the purchase of furniture.
Neera : Members said that the pilot neera-manufacturing and packing unit of the government at Thumbe was set up at a cost of Rs 1.50 crore. It was, however, not functional. There is a need to initiate measures to make the unit to start functioning, demanded the members. Horticulture Department joint director Yogish said that Rs 60 lakh has been released for machinery. The Neera policy is likely to be tabled in the next Assembly session after obtaining approval in the Cabinet, he added.
Fund unused : The members criticised the failure to utilise Rs 10 lakh earmarked last year to provide infrastructure to the Puttur APMC. Reacting to it, Standing Committee on Agriculture and Industry president Sarvotham Gowda said that Rs 5 lakh would be earmarked for the development Nelyadi APMC yard and Rs 5 lakh for Bantwal taluk.
The action plan for the repair of PHC buildings in Dakshina Kannada with Rs 20 lakh was approved of, on the occasion. The members said that the PHC roof at Kaniyoor leaks during rainfall. The work on Kaniyoor PHC should be taken up on a priority basis.