Minister on mission to solve urban area problems
Mysore, June 2 (UNI) On a mission to address problems faced by the people in the city, Karnataka Co-operative Minister G T Deve Gowda today went around Mysore leading a battery of officials on a padyatra.
The first-of-its-kind to be witnessed in the city, Mr Gowda, who is also the district in-charge minister, took officials to task at certain points and ordered on the spot suspension of an assistant engineer for dereliction of duty.
More than 100 officials, including Deputy Commissioner S Selva Kumar was part of the padyatra in which the minister went door- to-door to hear the grievances of people.
Assistant Engineer Nagalina Swamy was penalised by the Minister for regularising an encroachment of land adjoining storm water drain. He also ordered immediate clearance of the encroachment.
Later, while inaugurating a people's contact programme of the city corporation, he advised the officials to shed the practice of inviting ministers and politicians to launch programmes. Instead senior citizens could be invited to launch the works.
He expressed regret over lack of coordination among the officials of various departments. A task force for city's development and district would be constituted under the leadership of deputy commissioner.
The minister urged other officials to take up developmental works under various schemes.
The public contact programme in the city would continue until June 25. He asked the officials to take necessary actions and settle the civic problems.
Mr Gowda had already taken up the village-stay programme for all the taluk level officials in the district, which had received good response.