Udupi: "The plastic ban is not being implemented properly in Udupi district even though there is a statute demanding the same. Some shop owners are using plastic bags without any hesitation," said ZP member Sumith during the 15th Udupi Zilla Panchayat general meeting held at V S Acharya Auditorium on Tuesday, February 19.
Srinivas Rao, Chief Project officer said "The Plastic Ban Act was introduced in 2016. Accordingly we introduced the ban in urban and rural areas. There is a need to create awareness among the people about the plastic ban. A cloth bag manufacturing unit has been started in Vandse and more than 45 personnel are working in the unit. There is more demand for cloth bags in the district. We have already started issuing Green Marriage certificates to promote clean environment."
ZP member Sudhakar Shetty Marmadi cited irregularities in the road construction in Kotambail area of Kokkarne Gram Panchayat. The road was constructed four years ago at a cost of Rs 2 Crore. There are several complaints regarding the construction of this road and a proper enquiry should be commissioned, he urged.
Sumith Shetty, ZP member, complained that several gram panchayat PDOs were not transferred for 6 to 7 years. "If the PDOs are not transferred and remain for years, there are chances of them forming groups in the panchayat. This can be tackled only by transferring the PDOs once in three years," he said.
Jyothi Harish said, "We are happy with the formation of the new taluk Hebri last year. A new Tasildhar has been appointed and Rs 10 Crore sanctioned for the development of the taluk. But it is not fully functional yet. Developmental works should be started at the earliest to prevent inconvenience to the public".
Janardhan Thonse, ZP member, said that the beneficiaries were not getting money on time. "Widow allowance, Sandhya Suraksha and other benefits from the government are being delayed. The officials concerned are not interested in solving these issues," he said.
Dinkakar Babu presided over the meeting. Uday S Kotian, Chairman of Agriculture and Industry Standing Committee, Babu Shetty, Chairman of Education and Health Standing Committee, Shashikanth Padubidri, Chairman of Social Justice Standing Committee, Sindhu Rupesh, CEO of Udupi Zilla Panchayat, Srinivas Rao, Chief Project Officer, Raghupathy Bhat, Udupi MLA, Halady Srinivas Shetty, Kundapur MLA and Sukumar Shetty, Byndoor MLA were present.
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