Mysuru: The monthly review meeting of Karnataka Development Programme (KDP), including the 20 point programme, was held at the ZP Hall here yesterday.
Soon as the meeting began, Food & Civil Supplies Department Deputy Director Dr. K. Rameshwarappa, highlighting the progress made in the Department, said that the Department had received 92,802 applications in the past two months seeking BPL cards. But after a thorough screening of all the applications, only 81,531 were found to be genuine and arrangements have been made to distribute the cards through post.
ZP Social Justice Standing Committee Chairman Beerihundi Basavanna asked Dr. Rameshwarappa to provide complete statistics on the distribution of cards. But as Dr. Rameshwarappa had no hands-on information, Basavanna asked him to come up with full statistical details on the distribution of BPL cards. Basavanna alleged that lack of co-ordination between the Food & Civil Supplies Department and the Revenue Department had led to chaos in the distribution of BPL cards.
Intervening at this stage, ZP CEO P. Shivashankar said that the Department had achieved much by disposing off 92,000 applications in two months.
Dr. Rameshwarappa said that as the coupon system had failed, the Department is distributing ration by two methods — one through Bio-Matric System (BMS) and the other through Manual System.
Stating that there were 390 Fair Price Shops (FPS) in the district, he said that most of them had adopted the BMS. But a few had knocked on the doors of the Court complaining about the internet connection, he said and added that the Government was taking all steps to rectify the problem.
Social Welfare Department Joint Director Prabha, replying to a question on the poor condition of hostels in Hunsur taluk, said that the Department has sent a Rs. 5 crore proposal to the Government for repairs. The Department was mulling on entrusting the repair works to Karnataka Land Army.
Beerihundi Basavanna, objecting to the move to hand over repair and maintenance works to Land Army, suggested that the responsibility be handed over to ZP Engineering Division.
‘Mathru Purna’ scheme
Women and Child Welfare Department Deputy Director B. Radha came up with details of ‘Mathru Purna,’ a scheme to provide nutritious food to pregnant women and lactating mothers. She said that the district had seen 60 percent progress in the implementation so far.
Disputing her claim, Beerihundi Basavanna said that there were flaws in the implementation of the scheme which needs to be addressed urgently.
ZP President Nayeema Sulthana, ZP Members Dayananda Murthy and Jayalakshmi Rajanna, ZP Chief Planning Officer Prabhuswamy and officials from different Departments attended the meeting.