September 11th, 2009, 09:26 PM
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September 11th, 2009, 09:26 PM
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September 11th, 2009, 09:27 PM
It was a pleasant surprise to see the chief minister of a state writing in newspapers about agriculture and rural development and inviting public opinion on the issue for a special session of the legislature. It was also unprecedented as ministers, leave alone the chief minister, generally tend to sidestep the demands and views of the public when formulating decisions. Whether the ideas generated through this unique gesture are accommodated in the final policy remains to be seen. But Mr Y has certainly forced the opposition on the back foot.
The special session, which will be held on September 9, 10 and 11 will thus be closely scrutinized.
Rural Karnataka is not in a great state. Farmers battling crop failures and poor compensation prices are dealt a lethal blow by way of intermittent power supply.
Most areas complain that they get power only about three hours a day. And then there is this great paradox: while finding employment in rural areas is a Herculean task, land owners complain of a shortage of farm hands and high cost of labour. Migration to cities is another issue of concern. A rural youth would much rather work as a helper in an MNC than till his own land.
How can the government strike that balance between clocking impressive growth figures and retaining farmland for agriculture? By providing access to schools, healthcare and means of earning a decent livelihood.
And the assurance of a helping hand when disease or drought strikes. Going by what Mr Y wrote in the newspapers, he is aiming to achieve just that. If he succeeds, it could be a role model for all other states.
Lessons from rural Karnataka
On a recent trip towards the western coast, I couldn’t help but notice the splendour of Karnataka. Mother Earth was blooming in all its glory as the rain gods showered it with love and affection. But that was just nature doing its duty. We humans, on the other hand, seem to have forgotten what we are supposed to do. Heading into Shimoga from Bhadravathi, I kept asking a colleague why there was no road despite the area being home to two of the most powerful politicians in the state: Mr Y and his son, Raghavendra, Member of Parliament. I still haven’t got an answer and probably never will.
The stretch between Kumta and Karwar, some 40 km, is another paradox. While the landscape will fill up your senses, the road (or the lack of it) will knock the wind out. And this is supposed to be a National Highway, mind you.
Rural areas would give higher priority to access to better healthcare and education systems than access to better roads. But broken roads are symptomatic of our reluctance to solve problems of rural areas.
Source: EB (http://www.expressbuzz.com/edition/story.aspx?Title=High+road+to+development+passes+through+villages&artid=5zh7LMhmJhM=&SectionID=7GUA38txp3s=&MainSectionID=wIcBMLGbUJI=&SectionName=zkvyRoWGpmWSxZV2TGM5XQ==&SEO=Ravi%20S%20Joshi)
September 11th, 2009, 09:33 PM
Bangalore: A special Assembly session began here to discuss issues on agriculture and rural development, with Karnataka chief minister B. S. Yeddyurappa appealing to members to come out with meaningful solutions to improve the conditions of villages and lives of farmers.
“Convening a session to discuss our society’s and state’s most important issues of agriculture and rural development is probably a first in the country’s legislature history”, Yeddyurappa said in the assembly on Wednesday.
The House was to meet for three days from Wednesday, however, speaker Jagadish Shettar said it was decided at the business advisory committee to extend the session by another three days.
Highlighting the plight of farmers, Yeddyurappa lamented that despite many programmes for their benefit, nothing has been done to improve their lot. Villages have remained as they were for decades.
Villages have become old-age homes, he said, adding, there is a dire need to stop people from migrating to urban areas by creating infrastructure such as schools, hospitals and industries in rural areas to arrest the trend.
“Despite many projects in force and lakhs of crores of rupees having been spent, our villages have not developed as per expectations”, the chief minister said.
Calling for a meaningful discussion, Yeddyurappa said the members’ suggestions and ideas on agriculture and rural development would be incorporated while drafting the next budget.
Earlier, leader of opposition, Siddaramaiah (Congress), sought to move an adjournment motion seeking to discuss the drought situation in the state.
He alleged that though 86 taluks in 20 districts have been declared drought-hit, the government has not come out with any contengency plan to tackle the situation.
He highlighted crop loss in parts of the state, fodder shortage and charged the government with failing to implement the National Rural Employment Guarantee programme in the state effectively.
Declining his consent for the adjournment motion, the speaker said the issue would be taken up under a different rule on Monday.
Source: livemint.com (http://www.livemint.com/2009/09/09185025/Special-session-on-agri-rural.html)
September 11th, 2009, 09:41 PM
a very well thought initiative krishnamoorthy..........keep it up.....
September 12th, 2009, 01:49 AM
Rs 2,000 cr to be spent under NREGS
Speaker Jagadish Shettar chairs the special Assembly Session on agriculture at Vidhana Soudha in Bangalore on Thursday.
Express News Service
First Published : 11 Sep 2009 04:49:00 AM IST
Last Updated : 11 Sep 2009 09:21:33 AM IST
BANGALORE: The state government is keen on tapping as much as Rs 2,000 crore of the funds available under the centre’s National Rural Employment Gurantee Scheme, Chief Minister B S Yeddyurappa told the Legislative Council on Thursday and blamed the officials for going slack on the programmes under the scheme.
Intervening in the discussions on day two of the special session, the chief minister acknowledged that the state had defaulted on effectively tapping into NREGS during the previous year.
As against Rs 2,201 crore sourced by Andhra Pradesh, Rs 1,170 crore by Rajasthan, Rs 5,069 crore by Madhya Pradesh during the last year, Karnataka was able to make use of just Rs 428 crore, the chief minister noted.
Yeddyurappa,who said that he has held two to three officiallevel meetings in this regard, observed that somehow the officials are not ready to utilise the available funds.
Earlier members Manohar Maski (BJP) and S R Patil (Congress) dwelt on subjects ranging from irrigation, power and horticulture.
Opening the discussion for the day Manohar Maski drew attention to the state of the Tungabhdra dam. “Accumulation of silt and lack of remedial measures has reduced the dam’s storage capacity so much that three lakh hectares of cultivable land is robbed of water,” he said.
Maski also referred to what he termed as “water-borne crimes” that are a direct result of lack of sufficient water for agriculture purposes.
S R Patil referred to issues like the need for “equitable” supply of electricity and involvement of youth in nation-building activities.
CM hails Cong MLC for progress of village
Legislative Council member S R Patil’s (Congress) expression of unreserved pride in the overall development that has been achieved in his village— Badagandi in Bagalkot—on Thursday saw Chief Minister Yeddyurappa offering a statement in compliment.
Patil, authorised by Opposition leader V S Ugrappa to open the Opposition’s statements in the session on ‘agriculture and rural development,’ told the House, “There is no unemployment in my village.
Farmers get low interest loans too. I am happy about it.” He then turned towards Yeddyurappa and said, “My village is better. I am sad for your Bookanakere.” As a few members acknowledged the progress achieved in Patil’s village by setting up sugar factory and other facilities, the CM stood up and commended Patil on the achievement in his village.
Yeddyurappa added, “I wish every elected representative had done at least 25 per cent of such work.” In the status paper submitted to both Houses of the Legislature on day one of the special session on Wednesday, Yeddyurappa had referred to the sorry state of affairs at the place of his birth Bookanakere in Mandya. Just 112 toilets in a village of 795 family units was one of the many points the CM had cited to highlight the long walk still ahead in rural development.
September 12th, 2009, 08:06 AM
Bangalore: Leader of the Opposition in the Legislative Assembly Siddaramaiah on Friday took Chief Minister B.S. Yeddyurappa to task for failing to utilise huge budget allocation and Central funds for various welfare schemes.
Concluding the debate on agriculture and rural development, Mr. Siddaramaiah said that the State Government failed to spend Central funds to the tune of Rs. 422.7 crore in providing water in the rural areas during 2006-07 and 2009-10.
During 2009-10, Rs. 806.71 crore was allocated for drinking water, but the Government released only Rs. 268.09 crore and spent Rs. 188.23 crore.
Even during 2008-09, it spent Rs. 869.91 crore of the Rs. 1,010.72 crore allocated for the purpose, which showed the commitment of the BJP government to rural areas, he said.
Under rural raoads, the government allocated Rs. 200 crore during 2008-09 and reduced it to Rs.100 crore, but spent only Rs.90 crore; under the Prime Minister’s Gram Sadak scheme, Rs. 450.06 crore was spent out of Rs. 566.15 crore. Inviting of tenders was still under process for developing 2,787 km of roads at a cost of Rs. 810 crore, he added.
Under the rural connectivity programme through the zilla panchayats, Rs. 107.04 crore was allocated, but the government reduced it to Rs. 82.13 crore during 2008-09. For 2009-10, only Rs.15.20 crore had been provided, he said.
Mr. Siddaramaiah accused the government for delaying in spending Rs. 1,061 crore released by the Centre during 2006-07 for taking steps to provide employment and increase income of the poor villagers.
Even after three years, it was yet to spend Rs. 725 crore, he alleged.
The Congress leader criticised Mr. Yeddyurappa, who also hold the Finance portfolio, for not reimbursing Rs.1,500 crore of the Rs.2,300 crore towards the farmers’ loan waiver scheme implemented by him in 2006.
The cooperative societies had become ineligible to get refinance from the NABARD and the sector was on the verge of bankruptcy, the Congress leader said.
He advised the government to utilise the experience of the RUDSETI of Dharmasthala by involving it in rural development.
He said that the institutions such as Infosys and Wipro and some prestigious banks should be requested to finance in creating infrastructure in backward taluks. He called for preparing a time-bound action plan to implement all these measures.
Source: The Hindu (http://www.hindu.com/2009/09/12/stories/2009091254080400.htm)
September 12th, 2009, 09:08 AM
The Centrally-sponsored ‘Nirmal Gram Puraskar’ aims at achieving total sanitation in rural areas
70 per cent of villages in the district have implemented the sanitation scheme
Central team to visit a few gram panchayats which are yet to be certified
Source: The Hindu (http://www.hindu.com/2009/09/12/stories/2009091259360300.htm)
September 12th, 2009, 09:28 AM
The public engaged themselves in repairing the road that was damaged due to landslide occurred in the way between Siddapur-Harsikatta-Muttalli 5-6 days ago. The road was blocked and plying of buses on this road was temporarily stopped.
Pot holes had completely damaged the road between Harsikatta-Muttalli. Landslide near the curve caused hardship for the people of this region. So bus service in Siddapur- Muttalli (via Harsikatta) route was temporarily withdrawn by the authorities. More than a 100 rural people of this area were facing hardships due to the stoppage of bus services.
People of Urathota, Navalagona, Hubbagai, Hoskoppa, Kombemane, Uyyalemane, Muttalli villages engaged themselves in road repair work and they also repaired part of the road where landslide had occurred. Bus service was resumed on Friday evening.
Source: Udayavani (http://www.udayavani.com/showstory.asp?news=0&contentid=694332&lang=1)
September 12th, 2009, 11:54 AM
Slightly old news.
BANGALORE: Taking an exception to Chief Minister BS Yeddyurappa’s move to convene a special session to discuss and evolve means for development of farmers and rural masses, state JD(S) president H D Kumaraswamy said that the former should focus on proper implementation of existing schemes instead of wasting time and resources on discussing the same old issues.
Addressing a press conference here on Sunday, the former CM said that several programmes aimed at rural development were implemented during his tenure and the present government need not bother to evolve new schemes but to implement them. `` All this government should do is to implement whatever programmes I initiated.’’ Taking a swipe at Yeddyurappa for expressing concern about rural development in Karnataka while touring in China he said ``I think realisation has dawned upon our CM while in China.
Sitting there he is thinking about rural development in Karnataka and convening a special legislature session for the purpose ." Criticising Yeddyurappa’s views about realising Gandhiji’s dream of gram swarajya and former president A P J Abdul Kalam’s vision of PURA (providing urban amenities in rural areas) Kumaraswamy said that he should first implement the schemes under Suvarna Grama Yojane, State Agriculture Policy of 2006 and the plan prepared by the M R Sreenivasamurthy committee during the JD(S)-BJP coalition rule .
Referring to a day long meeting with experts during his tenure as the CM, Kumaraswamy said that based on their suggestions , he evolved a Rs 7,000 crore project to be implemented over five years to better lives of farmers in the state. Unfortunately, it was gathering dust as the present government did not show any interest. “ Successive governments in the past which failed to fix scientific prices for farmers’ produce, however, compete while recovering farm loans. Keeping this in mind, my government waived farm loans up to Rs 25,000. Everyone including farmers now know the reality of Yeddyurappa who as a finance minister in my government opposed the farm loan waiver scheme,’’ he chided. Kumaraswamy also took a dig at the CM for allegedly refusing to earmark Rs 400 crore for implementation of the new agriculture policy as the then finance minister of the JD(S)- BJP coalition government.
He said that the CM’s move to call a special session reminds him of Allam Prabhu who said ``one who seeks a different horse instead of riding the one already given to him is neither courageous nor bold.”
Source: EB (http://www.expressbuzz.com/edition/story.aspx?Title=HDK+calls+CM%E2%80%99s+special+session+a+waste+of+time&artid=Fp6OTpqInTw=&SectionID=7GUA38txp3s=&MainSectionID=fyV9T2jIa4A=&SectionName=zkvyRoWGpmWSxZV2TGM5XQ==&SEO=)
According to Yeddyurappa, it was former Prime Minister H D Deve Gowda who opposed extending farm credit at 3% interest during JD(S)-BJP coalition government.
Source: TOI (http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/news/city/bangalore/BSY-says-he-helped-farmers-not-HDK-or-his-papa/articleshow/4987926.cms)
September 12th, 2009, 12:12 PM
BANGALORE: Opposition leader in the Assembly Siddaramaiah on Friday said that the state would suffer a 20 per cent shortage in the food production this year due to inadequate rainfall and unscientific agriculture practices being adopted over the years.
Participating in the debate in the Assembly on problems of farmers and rural masses, Siddaramaiah said that standing crop spread over 20 lakh hectares has been damaged while sowing had not been done in over 13 lakh hectares due to less rainfall this year. This would result in the shortage of food production at least by 20 per cent.
The Leader of the Opposition said that Karnataka’s food production has stagnated around 100-110 lakh tonnes per year since a decade and no concentrated efforts have been made to increase this.
He alleged that under NREGS, the government had spent just Rs 236 crore out of Rs 419 crore in 2007-08, while its spending in the 2008-09 was just Rs 357 crore out of Rs 642 crore.
Source: EB (http://www.expressbuzz.com/edition/story.aspx?Title=Siddu:+Shortfall+of+20+pc+in+food+production&artid=xajxSB76SMQ=&SectionID=7GUA38txp3s=&MainSectionID=fyV9T2jIa4A=&SectionName=zkvyRoWGpmWSxZV2TGM5XQ==&SEO=)
September 12th, 2009, 12:19 PM
Bangalore, Sept 10: Karnataka Chief Minister B S Yeddyurappa today warned of criminal action against those having more than one Below Poverty Line (BPL) cards, by providing fictitious address to get foodgrains supplied through Public Distribution System (PDS) at subsidised rates.
Intervening during a special debate on Agriculture and Rural Development in the Karnataka Legislative Council, Mr Yeddyurappa said there was a need to stop the menace as a preliminary check into the beneficiaries list under BPL had revealed largescale misuse of state benefits.
Stating that due to the misuse of Government benefits by some vested interests it had resulted into denial to targetted group, the Chief Minister said and warned of initiating criminal proceedings against the guilty.
Strongly advocating the need to check the growth of population, the Chief Minister said the government was considering to restrict the benefit of certain social security schemes only to those who haven small family with two children. ''The State Government had the power to take decision on the matter,'' he said.
Mr Yedyurappa also sought cooperation from the opposition parties to adopt a resolution in both Houses of the legislature, urging the Union Government to evolve a National Policy on family planning with two children at the national level.
Agriculture and rural development
Karnataka MLAs, discounting party affiliations on Thursday regretted that agriculture had become economically unviable on account of low investment, both by the government and private sectors, and the delay in service delivery to farmers.
Participating in a debate on agriculture and rural development in the Legislative Assembly here, Appachu Ranjan (Bharatiya Janata Party), Karadi Sanganna (Janata Dal(Secular) and Sharan Prakash Rudrappa Patil (Congress), said government investment in the farm sector was meager. They said reliance on the Monsoon and untimely supply of inputs to farmers by government agencies has hampered agricultural growth in the State.
Developing rural infrastructure and increasing farmers’ income alone could bring in overall economic progress, said Mr. Ranjan. Heavy rains in Kodagu district had damaged standing crops. He also urged the Government to pay suitable compensation to the affected farmers.
Mr. Sanganna said the rural people were denied basic services such as education, roads, electricity and housing. Literacy rate was very low in north Karnataka districts and only 27 per cent of the land had been provided with irrigation facility. Unlike Tamil Nadu and Andhra Pradesh, the State had not exploited its irrigation potential for increasing the cultivable area. Chief Minister B.S. Yeddyurappa, who took oath in the name of farmers, had to come out with a special plan for revival of the farm sector, the JD (S) member said.
Mr. Patil said only 14 per cent of the budget amount had been set aside for agricultural development, which was inadequate for accelerating the farm growth rate. The agrarian economy could be revived only by increasing the budget outlay to at least 30 per cent. Unlike in other sectors, private firms refrained from investing in agricultural and rural development sectors, he claimed.
Government’s initiatives have failed to spur farm growth on account of delay in distribution of seeds, fertilizers, pesticides, granting of farm loans and payment of crop insurance, Mr. Patil criticised. Despite amendments to the Agricultural Produce Marketing (APMC) Act, 1966, there had been no substantial investment in the marketing sector. He urged the Government to offer tax concessions to industrialists to set up agro-based industries in the backward taluks of the State.
K'taka CM concerned
Karnataka Chief Minister B S Yeddyurappa today expressed concern over the deteriorating quality of debates in the Legislative sessions in the state.
Releasing a series of 12 books on former eminent legislators here, he said the present level of debates in the sessions of both the Houses lacked effectiveness in presenting the issues of the people and the state. Recalling contributions of the past members to the debates in the House were a good guidance to the present generation of leaders, he said the series of books written on 12 past-elected representatives were very effective in drawing the attention of the state government to the issues concerning the people in a constructive way. In this regard, the Chief Minister mentioned the names of former Irrigation Minister K N Nagegowd for his knowledge in the subject.
Legislative Coucil Chairman Veer Anna Mattikatti, Assembly Speaker Jagadish Shettar, Leader of Opposition in Assembly Siddaramaiah and leader of Opposition in Legislative Council V S Ugrappa also attended the function, which was conducted by the legislators library section.
Source: Mangalorean (http://mangalorean.com/news.php?newstype=broadcast&broadcastid=145107)
September 12th, 2009, 12:34 PM
For 23-year-old graduate Jayalakshmi, getting a job as an executive at a business process outsourcing (BPO) firm was a dream. But getting it at her village here, near the historic Srirangapatna town in Mandya district, was the icing on the cake.
The BPO, Mpro Solutions, started operations Aug 7 and is supported by the Karnataka government, which wants to show India how information technology (IT) can change the rural economy. Its target: create almost 100,000 jobs in the hinterland.
'There is a gold mine here,' said Mpro director B.S. Venugopal. 'Talented youngsters from rural areas could be an asset.'
Read full news on sify (http://sify.com/finance/fullstory.php?a=jjhmucjjcji&title=Rural_BPOs%3A_Karnataka%26%23039%3Bs_latest_in_IT_revolution).
September 13th, 2009, 08:17 AM
Job cards issued to 88,000 families in Dharwad district
5,978 works at a cost of Rs. 22.52 crore taken up in Dharwad district under NREGA
Computers provided for 70 per cent of the gram panchayats in district
46,300 fruit bearing plants had been planted by the department for development of horticulture
Read full news on The Hindu (http://www.hindu.com/2009/09/13/stories/2009091352260300.htm).
September 13th, 2009, 08:01 PM
Courtesy: srikvisw (www.flickr.com/photos/srikvisw/301744604/)
Dollu Kunitha (drum dance), is a major form of art, occupies the pride of place among folk dances. For deails read wikipedia (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dollu_Kunitha).
September 13th, 2009, 08:22 PM
Courtesy: Diji (http://www.flickr.com/photos/dijis/3460001012/in/set-72157605608028906/)
Courtesy: Durgaprasad hegde (http://www.flickr.com/photos/durgaprasad/1105529647/)
This is naga (cobra) worship ritual of Tulunadu (Udupi, Dakshina Kannada in Karnataka and Kasaragod in Kerala). Read nagaradhane (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nagaradhane) in wikipedia.
September 14th, 2009, 05:02 PM
Sirsi, September 14: The roads constructed on the demand of people after the celebration of Independence Day, have been ripped off in the first monsoon rains. This has made the people angry. The complaint that the state highways from Shirsi to Siddhapur and the roads linking Kalenalli Katri to Nallur of Soraba Taluk through Moodalli route, also the road connecting to Harishe are the roads of low standard prove to be true when viewed closely. These roads which were completed before the first week of June have completely ripped off within 100 days, reflect the poor construction of roads.
The road construction work costing about Rs.1crore 20 lakhs has finished the work of 4 kms out of 5 kms. No chance is left out for setting slope stakes.
The village people are not provided any information regarding road construction. The people complain about the pathetic condition of roads in Colombe, Nellur, Harishe, Suragikoppe, Kalenalli, Thoudale and Moodale.
Source: Udayavani (http://www.udayavani.com/showstory.asp?news=0&contentid=695013&lang=1)
Akash, I am hardly finding any english news papaer reportings on needs of rural areas. Probably kannada news papers are far better than english ones.
September 14th, 2009, 05:09 PM
Siddapur, September 14: The veterinary hospital in Shettipalu of Hallihoole Gram Panchayath limits in Kundapur Taluk has got no veterinarians due to lack of basic facilities. This area is prominent in dairy farming but the veterinary hospital has remained ineffective in treating the animals. As a result people of this region have to travel to distant places with their cattles. The doctors appointed in the veterinary hospital of this region, voluntarily prefer transfer and move to some other regions.
The veterinary hospital situated on the hill, has been surrounded by plants densely and there is no proper road to attend the hospital, so people of the locality say that if the health of their animals becomes upset, death remains as the only choice for the animals.
The concerned authorities should pay attention towards this hospital and provide the hospital with basic facilities.
Source: Udayavani (http://www.udayavani.com/showstory.asp?news=0&contentid=695178&lang=1)
September 14th, 2009, 05:14 PM
Akash, I am hardly finding any english news papaer reportings on needs of rural areas. Probably kannada news papers are far better than english ones.
September 14th, 2009, 05:32 PM
Former President A P J Abdul Kalam's pet theme `PURA' (providing urban amenities in rural areas) is set to take wings in BJP-ruled Karnataka.
Chief Minister B S Yeddyurappa announced in the Legislative Assembly the government's intention to realise Kalam's concept with a new project -- `Kalampura'.
In this regard, physical, social and financial infrastructure, available in cities, would be provided along with communication network, at the level of Hobli (villages of a taluk grouped into smaller clusters).
"This project would be implemented in 200 hoblis in rural assembly segments", he said, replying to a three-day debate on issues relating to agriculture and rural development.
Process would be initiated to prepare a detailed project report on the initiative this year itself.
Based on the report, clusters of villages would be developed based on Kalam's vision. A consultative meeting would be organised with Kalam along with Ministers and officials, before preparing the next year's budget, the Chief Minister added.
Source: DHNS (http://www.deccanherald.com/content/25129/kalams-pura-vision-set-launched.html)
September 14th, 2009, 05:41 PM
Karnataka government would amend the Land Revenue Act to recognise farm-dependent industries, godowns and cold storage units as agriculture-allied activity, and conversion of land up to five acres would not be necessary for them.
Replying to a three-day debate on agriculture and rural development in the Legislative Assembly, Chief Minister B S Yeddyurappa said this would be done to encourage food processing industries, and applicable for such industries outside district headquarters. He also said as per the Government's industrial policy 2009-14, support grants were restricted to certain zones but this limitation would be removed in respect of agriculture-dependent industries in all the 164 taluks (barring 12 developed ones) and they would be given 25 per cent support grants (maximum of Rs 30 lakh).
"This support grant will be extended to setting up of godowns and cold storage units also", Yeddyurappa said. To encourage horticultural crops, four mega markets, with sorting, coldstorage and packing facilities, would be set up with private sector participation. A horticulture export zone would be established near the Bangalore International Airport, he said.
Yeddyurappa said a special project would be drawn up to develop 50 km of roads each in rural assembly segments and the tendering process would be initiated this year. "By this way, 10,000 km quality roads would be constructed on annuity basis in the next two years",he said. A sum of Rs 100 crore would be alloted for acquiring land in rural areas and distribute sites for the home-less. 'Kisan' cards would be issued in the next two years to enable farmers to get loans with three per cent interest. The current crop insurance scheme was not benefitting many farmers.So, government would implement a weather-related farm insurance scheme.The government would pay 50 per cent of the premium to be paid by small and marginal farmers for this insurance, from the current level of ten per cent.
In the next four years, government aims to bring five lakh farmers under organic farm cultivation. Government would introduce the system of "ombudsman" as part of efforts to strengthen panchayat raj institutions and to bring in more efficiency and transparency in their functioning. To encourage rural girls to join nursing colleges, except in Bangalore, government would give them a support assistance of Rs 10,000 at the time of their admission, Yeddyurappa said.
Source: DHNS (http://www.deccanherald.com/content/25117/state-govt-announces-steps-encourage.html)
September 14th, 2009, 05:48 PM
An innovative initiative was taken way back in the year 1982 jointly by Sri Dharmasthala Manjunatheshwara Educational Trust, Syndicate Bank and Canara Bank to motivate unemployed youth to take up self-employment as an alternative career. The unique experiment of building confidence of the youth by developing skill and positive attitude among them through dedicated training was found effective. The model has proved very successful for the past 22 years in building the morale of the youth and empowering them to acquire a productive identity by taking up self-employment ventures in their own places.
The success rate of 66 per cent and impact of RUDSET Institute training in enabling the youth to establish and sustain in the ventures was recognised and appreciated by Government of India, State Governments, SIDBI, NABARD, etc. Replication of the model was recommended to tackle the unemployment problem successfully and developing entrepreneurship.
Read more on RUDSET Institute (http://rudsetitraining.org/Pages/About-Background.htm).
Read also Dr. Veerendra Heggade interacts with press- Has dreams for DK (http://mangalorean.com/news.php?newstype=local&newsid=141320) & Centre approves 110 rural self-employment institutes (http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/news/india/Centre-approves-110-rural-self-employment-institutes/articleshow/5005298.cms)
September 14th, 2009, 09:59 PM
Ali Guli Mane, like that of many Mancala board games across the world, means a "wooden block with holes". It is similar to Pallanguzhi from Tamil Nadu or traditional Indonesian Mancala game Congkak.
Gulaganji (circassia seeds, coral wood or red wood seeds), Hunase Beeja (tamarind seeds), Kavade (small shells) are used as game pieces.
In India Gulaganji, Kavade are also used in decorative ornaments. In olden days they were also used as either jewellers weight or money.
For details visit wikipedia (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ali_Guli_Mane)
September 15th, 2009, 09:46 AM
Sirsi, September 15: The state government has decided to allot Rs. 444 lakh for the development of 11 rural roads, said District Minister Vishweshwara Hegade Kaageri.
2 each roads will be developed in Haliyala, Kumta and Honnavara taluk. 1 each road will be developed in Sirsi, Siddapur, Mundagoda, Yellapur and Karwar taluk.
Source: Udayavani (http://www.udayavani.com/showstory.asp?news=0&contentid=695553&lang=1)
September 15th, 2009, 09:50 AM
Bhatkal, September 15: The heavy rains this year in Bhatkal has caused heavy loss to private and public property. Roads have eroded several places and there is no place of road at all. In several rural areas of Bhatkal taluk condition of many roads is not viable plying of vehicle. After submitting reports from the officers and after getting sanction of money this road repair work will be started.
Several roads in Hebale grama panchayat region are washed away by rain and many more roads are inundated with flood water causing obstruction.
The link road from Venkatapura to Thenginagundi once parallel to Venkarapura near Shedabari caved in the middle. Only two wheeler vehicles can ply on this road. Even auto rickshaw also cannot go this road. Tenginagundi place is always buzzing with business. There is a Ice factory. It is the nearest link road for the vehicles coming from Honnavar side. Now those vehicles gave to take reroute.
Due to caving on the road collapse pitching by the road side was collapsed in to the river and a concerned department should take immediately protection measures before the pitching washes away in the river. While preparing action plan to reconstruct the road proper cave should be take to make provisions for the flow of cannel so that we can control land slides.
Source: Udayavani (http://www.udayavani.com/showstory.asp?news=0&contentid=695426&lang=1)
September 15th, 2009, 10:04 AM
Gram panchayats that do not implement the 'Cleanliness Drive’ in villages as mandated under the 'Sampoorna Svachatha Andolan' will not be granted funds under the scheme, warned Panchayat Raj Minister Shobha Karandlaje.
After inaugurating a workshop on sanitation organised by the Karnataka Rural Water Supply and Sanitation and Panchayat Raj Department, Shobha Karandlaje said that Rs six lakh has been earmarked for each panchayat under the scheme.
“The allotment of the fund will be cancelled if they do not effectively implement the programme,” she said.
Source: DHNS (http://www.deccanherald.com/content/25258/shobha-warns-cancelling-funds-gps.html)
ZP members resent lack of transparency (http://www.deccanherald.com/content/25266/zp-members-resent-lack-transparency.html)
'Organic farming mission only for BJP men' (http://www.deccanherald.com/content/25259/organic-farming-mission-only-bjp.html)
Earlier, the CM said so far 32,000 farmers have adopted organic farming. A survey will be conducted by September 30 to identify the real beneficiaries and only later money will be sanctioned. He denied misappropriation of funds and said, the total budget for the mission this year is Rs 50 crore and so far, money has not been deposited in the name of any beneficiary, he added.
September 15th, 2009, 10:10 AM
Bijapur: Labour Minister B.N. Bachche Gowda has said that as per the recommendations of Dr. Nanjundappa Committee on removal of regional imbalances, three ITI colleges will be established in Bijapur district. He was speaking after distributing job cards and selection certificates to candidates at a job fair organised at the Government ITI College here on Sunday.
The two-day job fair received an overwhelming response. As many as 3,898 candidates got placements from different companies. — Staff Correspondent
Source: The Hindu (http://www.hindu.com/2009/09/15/stories/2009091555330300.htm)
September 15th, 2009, 10:25 AM
Members raised the issues such as lack of adequate number of teachers in schools, lack of infrastructure, and overcrowded classrooms, at the meeting.
The ZP council was told that a proposal had been made to the Department of Public Instruction, Bangalore, to start schools at appropriate locations to help children from Barya, Tekkaru, and Suryakana villages in Belthangady taluk in pursuing their education. These children had to travel 18 kilometres to reach the nearest school, the members said.
Referring to a complaint of the members in a previous meeting that no infrastructure building activity had been taken up in the last three years, they were told that a proposal to construct 175 classrooms in 65 high schools had been submitted to the Government. The ZP was expecting a Rs. 9.85-crore grant in this regard.
Full news on The Hindu (http://www.hindu.com/2009/09/15/stories/2009091558360300.htm).
September 15th, 2009, 10:39 AM
GPs stand to forego grant if villages do not meet standards
The annual grant to gram panchayats is Rs. 6 lakh
Two-year deadline for defecation-free areas set
BANGALORE: Minister for Rural Development and Panchayat Raj Shobha Karandlaje has threatened to discontinue the annual grants of gram panchayats if total sanitation is not achieved in their respective villages in two years’ time.
Speaking after inaugurating a State-level workshop on State Sanitation Reward Scheme, organised by the Karnataka Rural Water Supply and Sanitation Agency, Government of Karnataka, and Water and Sanitation Programme (WSP) here on Monday, Ms. Karandlaje said the Government would stop extending the annual grant of Rs. 6 lakh to gram panchayats that have not been able to achieve total sanitation in their respective villages. They had to stop the “disgusting and unhealthy practice” of open defecation in two years’ time, she said.
Regretting the failure of the sanitation programme to make much progress even though 62 years had passed since the country attained freedom, Ms. Karandlaje felt that it was “shameful” that less than 50 per cent of the households had toilets.
She said the State Government was seriously considering a proposal to increase the subsidy on construction of a toilet to the beneficiaries from the present Rs. 2,500. “Chief Minister B.S. Yeddyurappa could shortly make an announcement in this regard,” she said.
Pointing out that toilets were as important as kitchens, Ms. Karandlaje said open defecation was a major health hazard to the entire community. She called upon people’s representatives to encourage people to construct toilets in their houses
If enough space was not available to construct toilets in the houses, the Government would construct community toilets in the village. Already, land for construction of community toilets had been purchased in a few villages, she said. Ms. Karandlaje also emphasised the need for creating awareness among the rural population on the use of toilets.
“During my visit to Dharwad district recently, I found sheep bound in a toilet. Many people don’t know how to use toilets. Hence, awareness should be created,” she said.
She added that the State Government would institute awards at the taluk, district and State-level for villages achieving total sanitation.
Already, the Centre was giving awards for open defecation-free villages. “We (State) will also institute awards at not only State-level, but also at district and taluk-level,” she said.
Source: The Hindu (http://www.hindu.com/2009/09/15/stories/2009091559932200.htm)
September 15th, 2009, 05:21 PM
Naati - Planting rice in the paddy fields
Segregating rice seeds from paddy
Using the main highway to dry the crop and sort the wheat from the chaff
Cranes in paddy field
Courtesy: Fabindia (http://www.flickr.com/photos/fabindia/3320076091/in/set-72157614556725092/), VRKamath (http://www.flickr.com/photos/vrkamath/3503293629/)
September 15th, 2009, 05:23 PM
nice pics i guess they are somewhere in mandya district
September 15th, 2009, 05:27 PM
Shoeing an Ox
Bullock Cart Ride
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September 15th, 2009, 05:33 PM
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September 15th, 2009, 05:40 PM
Ganjifa or Ganjeefa was a popular card game in ancient India. Ganjifa, or Gânjaphâ, is a Card game that originated in Persia and became popular in India under the Mughal emperors in the Played extensively in the Mughal period, Ganjifa is now known more for the art work on the cards than the game itself. Ganjifa, or Gânjaphâ, is a Card game that originated in Persia and became popular in India under the Mughal emperors in the Cards made for royalty were inlaid with precious stones and were also made of ivory, mother-of-pearl and wafers of lac. Ivory is formed from Dentine and constitutes the bulk of the Teeth and Tusks of animals such as the Elephant, Hippopotamus, Nacre, also known as mother of pearl, is an organic-inorganic Composite material produced by some Mollusks as an inner shell layer Lac is the scarlet resinous secretion of a number of species of Lac-producing insects the most commonly cultivated of which is Kerria lacca. In Mysore, this game was known as "Chadd" (God's play). One of the finest exponents of Ganjifa Art, Ganjifa Raghupathi Bhatta is a resident of Mysore and has setup an International Ganjifa Research Centre at Mysore. The cards are generally circular and sometimes rectangular in shape with lacquered backs with exquisite paintings on them.
Read more on wikipedia (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ganjifa), Ganjifa Raghupathi Bhatta (http://www.mysooru.com/raghupathi.html), Kamat's Potpourri (http://www.kamat.com/kalranga/art/ganjifa.htm)
Picture Courtesy: The Hindu
Akash, have you ever played Ganjifa?
September 15th, 2009, 05:46 PM
Navalgunda means "the peacock grove" or "the peacock hill". Read more about Navalgunda in wikipedia (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Navalgund).
Although the end users are predominantly Hindus these works of art are created by women weavers from the Muslim community. Till not very long ago a jamkhana (dhurry) with a pagade aata was a part of the bridal trousseau and also pledged to secure loans.
Courtesy: kreedakaushalya (http://kreedaakaushalya.blogspot.com/2008/05/navalgund-game-board-dhurry.html)
September 15th, 2009, 05:46 PM
For details visit wikipedia (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ali_Guli_Mane)
i have played this game.......
September 15th, 2009, 07:39 PM
The State government, to boost agriculture-dependent small scale industries, on Monday announced two important amendments to the Karnataka Land Reforms Act.
They are - to recognise all farm-related industries, including warehouse and cold storage, as agriculture-allied activities; allow use of farm land for setting up these industries without land use conversion up to five acre in the State.
However, this will not apply at the district centres. Only those planning new ventures at the taluk level will get these benefits.
As per the existing rule, one can set up industries on farm land only after converting it for non-agriculture purposes as per the section 79(a) and 79(b) of the Act. Land use conversion is a cumbersome and lengthy process.
Besides, the government announced financial grant of 25 per cent (maximum of Rs 30 lakh) for setting up agriculture-allied industries at the taluk centres, excluding 12 developed taluks, across the State. The grant will be given as per the Karnataka Industrial Policy, 2009-14. These initiatives are part of the 36-point programme - “Future Steps” that Chief Minister Yeddyurappa rolled out after the three days of debate on the rural development in the Legislative Assembly. The programme envisages not only to make rural Karnataka a better place to live, but lessen the woes of farmers.
The CM said former president A P J Abdul Kalam’s Providing Urban Amenities in Rural Area (PURA) concept will be implemented in one hobli in every 200 Assembly constituencies located in rural areas.
A detailed project report will be prepared and budgetary allocation will be made in the coming fiscal. The Government has named the project after Kalam - “Kalampura.”
Kalam had proposed PURA concept for the rural development of the State while addressing the joint House of the State Legislature in 2005 organised as part of Suvarna Karnataka celebrations.
The Government, however, has not estimated the cost of implementing these new, rural development programmes nor has it spelt out how it is going to mobilise additional resources. Except for two or three programmes, the chief minister has not specified the time frame for starting and completion of the projects.
He said 10,000 kms of rural roads will be developed in the next two years. For this a special project will be chalked out to ensure that 50 kms of road is developed in every rural Assembly constituency. This will be implemented in two years, he added.
To make rural youth self-reliant, self-employment training will be imparted. The Government is partnering with RUDSETI for this purpose.
Besides, the Government will extend a financial assistance of Rs 10,000 to rural students who aspire to join nursing course. However, those joining nursing course in Bangalore will not get this support. There are about 300 nursing colleges in the State. But, not many students from the State are utilising this opportunity.
Henceforth the Government will buy files, file covers and stationery items only from stree shakti groups. Even white paper required for the office work will be bought only from Bhadravati Paper mills. This, according to the CM, will give a boost to the cottage industry.
The Government will also start a new diploma course in agriculture. Rural youth who have passed PUC are eligible for this two-year course and once they secure the diploma, they will be appointed in the State Agriculture Department as Krishi Sahayaka. Yeddyurappa said that a committee headed by him will be set up to oversee the implementation of all his announcements made on Monday.
Source: BS (http://www.deccanherald.com/content/25117/govt-amend-law-land-use.html).
September 15th, 2009, 08:04 PM
GULBARGA: Considering the backwardness of Gulbarga division comprising Bidar, Gulbarga, Raichur, Koppal and Bellary districts in health sector, Karnataka cabinet which met here on Thursday directed all the 343 Primary Health Centres of the division to work round-the-clock throughout the week, said Chief Minister BS Yeddyurappa.
Addressing the press after the cabinet meeting, he said that the cabinet also decided to select additional 200 villages of Gulbarga division for the implementation of Suvarna Gramodaya Scheme under the 4th phase. In the third phase, 1,491 villages were selected in the state for the implementation of Suvarna Gramodaya of which 277 villages belonged to Gulbarga division.
The cabinet gave sanction for the commencement of 28 Kittur Rani Chennamma Residential schools in the division this year and 14 Morarji Desai Residential Schools next year. It has been decided in the cabinet to give sanction for special drinking water scheme in 242 villages of the division. Rs 166 crore would be provided for the implementation of 33 Bahugrama Scheme, he said and added that the tender process would start shortly.
The cabinet also decided to open additional 44 SC/ST hostels in Gulbarga division. Bangalore- One model scheme will be extended to Bidar, Raichur, Koppal and Hospet towns of Gulbarga division phase-wise for getting various facilities under a single roof.
Already the government had taken the decision of starting it in Gulbarga and Bellary cities, which was approved in the today's meeting, CM said.
Source: EB (http://www.expressbuzz.com/edition/story.aspx?Title=%E2%80%98200+villages+to+see+Suvarna+Gramodaya%E2%80%99&artid=0aNQZrggJI0=&SectionID=7GUA38txp3s=&MainSectionID=fyV9T2jIa4A=&SectionName=zkvyRoWGpmWSxZV2TGM5XQ==&SEO=).
September 16th, 2009, 04:30 PM
Bangalore,Sep 16 Karnataka Government has decided to set up telemetric rain gauging centres in all 5600 gram panchayats for accurate measurement of rainfall as part of steps to determine drought conditions, Minister for Revenue G Karunakara Reddy informed the state assembly today.
The work on setting up of such centres has already begun, he said while replying to the two-day debate on scarcity conditions that has hit the state due to failure of monsoon.
Though the state had earlier declared 86 taluks in 20 districts as drought hit, revival of rains in parts of the state last month has helped ease considerably the drinking water problem. Now only seven taluks have reported deficient rains,he said.
Reddy said out of the 72 lakh hectares of land which was to be sown during kharif season, sowing could be taken up only in 62 lakh hectares. Sown crop in 20 lakh hecatres withered for want of rains.
The farmers taking advantage of rains in August have undertaken sowing in 13 lakh hectares out of 20 lakh where crops dried up, Reddy said.
The government had released Rs 135 crore disbursed by the Centre for relief operations, he said, but did not quantify the state amount.
He said the government wants to consider gram panchayat as unit instead of the existing practice of Hobli (villages of a taluk grouped into smaller clusters) for declaring as drought hit while calculating crop loss. A sum of Rs 428 crore has been spent on NREGP this year, he said.
Source: समय LIVE (http://www.samaylive.com/news/karna-to-set-up-telemetric-gauging-centres-in-gram-panchayats/656951.html)
September 17th, 2009, 10:06 AM
Subsidy on crop insurance (http://mangalorean.com/news.php?newstype=broadcast&broadcastid=145962)
The Karnataka Government has decided to increase the subsidy on crop insurance premium to 50 per cent from the present 10 per cent, Chief Minister B S Yeddyurappa said today.
In his reply at the Legislative Council, Mr Yeddyurappa said the benefit of crop insurance scheme was not reaching to many farmers and to simplify the scheme and to expand it to each Gram Panchayat it had been proposed to set up Teli Metric Rain Guage Centres and implement rain-based insurance scheme. Besides, for marginal and small farmers the government would henceforth pay 50 per cent of the premium amount, he added.
Psychiatry in rural areas is lagging behind: expert (http://thehindu.com/2009/09/15/stories/2009091558200300.htm)
Nitte (Udupi district): The Nitte Rural Psychiatric Services (NRPS), a unit of the Justice K.S. Hegde Charitable Foundation, in association with the K.S. Hegde Medical Academy, and Nitte University, will be organising an international conference on “Rural psychiatry – road least travelled”, here from September 18 to 20.
Naveen Chandra Shetty, psychiatrist and Director of NRPS, told presspersons on Monday that psychiatry in teaching hospitals and cities in the country had caught up with the international trend to a degree.
However, in the rural areas, it was lagging behind owing to several reasons. Pyscho-pharmaco therapy had been the mainstay of treatment in the rural areas as there were no psychologists or counsellors. In villages, the general practitioners had to give emergency treatment.
The conference would focus on the management of such cases.
We plan to have 160 biogas plants in India (http://www.dnaindia.com/bangalore/report_we-plan-to-have-160-biogas-plants-in-india_1290681)
What are the initiatives Sulabh is taking in Karnataka?
We have planned to extend our assistance to the Karnataka rural water supply and sanitation agency. So far, we have only been in the urban sector but now we are thinking of expanding our services to the rural areas also so that the biogas plants could be set up. My main focus area will be rural Karnataka because most of the people here are affected by inadequate sanitation facilities.
September 17th, 2009, 10:11 AM
Bangalore: The special session of Karnataka Legislature, for discussing agriculture and rural development, will prove a historic one for rural girls.Chief minister BS Yeddyurappa has announced a Rs10,000 subsidy for girls joining nursing courses in colleges outside Bangalore.
The problem of shortage of paramedical staff in government hospitals would also be solved by arranging training facilities for the nursing aspirantsin association with private organisations and government medical colleges. All vacant posts in paramedical staff would be filled soon, the chief minister said.
The Koshalya Scheme for providing vocational training for rural youth would be extended to all taluks. A special programme would be announced soon to bring more students from the most backward taluks to join professional courses.
The state government has also decided to focus more on personality development programmesfor rural youth. The Art of Living institution would be entrusted the responsibility of conducting courses in villages to inculcate the spirit of self-reliance, community responsibility, ethics in public life and social commitment.
Having felt the need for taking modern farming methods to Karnataka's fields, the chief minister also announced that a two-year diploma course in Agriculture would be started and posts of 'Agriculture assistants' will be created, so that these students can directly interact with farmers andguide them.
Source: DNA (http://www.dnaindia.com/india/report_encouraging-the-rural-girl-to-see-herself-as-a-nurse_1290570)
September 17th, 2009, 08:19 PM
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Read more on wikipedia (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lagori).
I have played it Akash. If you haven't I am surprised.
September 17th, 2009, 08:34 PM
ofcourse krishnamoorthy...i did play this game during my schooldays...street laghori....:)
September 18th, 2009, 04:42 AM
10,000 km of roads to be laid every year in rural areas on annuity basis
State’s financial situation showing definite signs of upswing, says the Chief Minister
GULBARGA: Chief Minister B.S. Yeddyurappa on Thursday said that the State Government had decided to lay 50,000 km of roads in rural areas on annuity basis over the next five years to create employment potential and to prevent migration of unemployed people from villages to urban centres.
He told presspersons here that 10,000 km of roads would be laid every year in rural areas. Contractors would be investing funds for the work and the Government would refund the money to them in instalments.
The Government had decided to take up laying of at least 50 km of road in each of the 200 Assembly constituencies in rural areas every year for the next five years to achieve the target.
He said that the Government had also decided to increase the State’s contribution in the crop insurance premium paid by farmers from the present 10 per cent to 50 per cent with immediate effect. To give a fillip to cultivation of plants used for production of bio-fuel, the Government had decided to provide free saplings to farmers and give them bonus of Re. 1 for every kg of seeds of such plants supplied by them.
The Government would seek assistance from the World Bank and the Asian Development Bank to take up development projects in the State, he said.
Sourve: The Hindu (http://www.hindu.com/2009/09/18/stories/2009091852190300.htm)
September 18th, 2009, 02:04 PM
Kamsale is one of the important folk song/dance form of Karnataka. Read more on Kamsale in wikipedia (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kamsale).
September 18th, 2009, 04:34 PM
Courtesy: Mangalorean (http://www.mangalorean.com/news.php?newsid=88674&newstype=local)
Courtesy: bullybeef (www.bullybeef.co.uk/beedies.htm)
I wish that this profession finds an alternative very soon.
September 18th, 2009, 04:38 PM
^^ mangalore/ganesh beedis are the most famous brands.........is it still operational or its banned............
September 18th, 2009, 04:49 PM
^^ Government has taken so many restrictive measures on cigarette. Beedi is suposed to be ten times more dangerous than cigarette. But, government is mild on beedi as lakhs of poor families are earning their daily bread by preparing beedies.
September 18th, 2009, 08:34 PM
TORANGAL: To lay more emphasis on rural development and check corruption, the State Government plans to constitute a task force exclusively to monitor the implementation of various schemes and programmes.
“I will head the State-level task force and involve eminent people and experts in it,” Chief Minister B.S. Yeddyurappa told presspersons here on Thursday, adding that the task force would come into existence very soon.
Mr. Yeddyurappa said that the expertise of eminent persons, including renowned scientist K. Kasturirangan, would be used to achieve development in rural areas, prevent the migration of people from rural areas to urban areas and find means to mobilise resources required for the purpose. Mr. Yeddyurappa stopped here on his way back to Bangalore after participating in the Liberation Day function in Gulbarga.
Source: The Hindu (http://www.hindu.com/2009/09/18/stories/2009091854540300.htm)
September 18th, 2009, 08:57 PM
'Projects to redefine rural economy should be taken up'
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MANGALORE: Management students were advised to work towards finding effective ways and means to tap the rural potential and accordingly plan
various pilot projects, by B R Bhat, general manager of Corporation Bank at Nitte on Thursday.
Inaugurating the Banking and Finance Association `BanCore at Justice K S Hegde Institute of Management (JKSIM), Nitte, Bhat said pilot projects redefining the whole gamut of rural economy and bringing about a perceptible change in the lives of the rural population by encashing on technological developments will be appreciated by the industry.
Delineating the background to the advise, Bhat said, to be in line with the contemporary world banks need to reach out to the remote customers and contribute to social obligations. For that thay were pursuing financial inclusion initiatives.
"Through financial inclusion, banks are able to reach out to a large number of households which had hitherto not availed any financial services from the banking sector, he said.
Bhat noted that this assumes great significance as 70 per cent of the population of the country is still not covered by the banking system. The innovative inclusive attempts by banks in the country would facilitate to bring this often neglected section, mainly belonging to the lower strata / under privileged section of the society to the banking fold, he added.
The need of the hour, Bhat said, is to enhance the pace of the inclusive growth to cover 70 per cent of the hitherto excluded population as the present capabilities of the branch network of banks to achieve this drive is limited. This necessitates extensive use of simple, cost-effective and user-friendly technology which can facilitate this inclusive banking foray.
September 19th, 2009, 08:28 AM
H.D. KOTE (MYSORE DISTRICT): Efforts of successive governments to improve the condition of tribal people who have been displaced from the Nagarahole National Park are not showing expected results as non-tribal people are making use of the benefits extended to them.
In Metiguppe Haadi, a tribal settlement 10 km away from the taluk headquarters, some residents have mortgaged land sanctioned to them by the Government to people of nearby villages to make ends meet. Those people are making money by cultivating tobacco and cotton on the land.
Read full strory on The Hindu (http://www.hindu.com/2009/09/19/stories/2009091961600800.htm).
Forests are converted to farmlands. Farmlands are then used for cultivating tobacco? We have food crisis. We also need land for cultivating biofuels.....
‘Training panchayat members is a challenge to institutes’ (http://www.hindu.com/2009/09/19/stories/2009091953210300.htm)
Psychiatric services essential in rural areas: Vinay Hegde (http://www.hindu.com/2009/09/19/stories/2009091960180300.htm)
September 19th, 2009, 02:41 PM
Veeragase gets its name from the Hindu legendary warrior, Veerabhadra. This story is narrated by the dancers performing Veeragase. Read more in wikipedia (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Veeragase).
September 19th, 2009, 04:46 PM
BANGALORE: Construction of roads is plagued by high costs, delays and corruption. A survey released by the Public Affairs Centre (PAC) on 18 rural roads - built under the Pradhan Mantri Gram Yojana in Karnataka and Orissa - has found that most of them don't meet the required standards.
Only 8 of the 18 roads fell in the high score category, while the rest failed to pass certain tests in full. The key components on which they were judged were road specifications, surface quality, road furniture, etc. While high-scoring roads performed well on all the key components, the 10 that failed fared poorly in a few.
Three of the nine roads in Karnataka did not meet the standards laid down under the scheme; only two in Orissa passed the same. Only 53% of citizens surveyed in Karnataka were aware of the quality of roads being built in their neighbourhood. Public awareness in Orissa was 66%. Almost 80% of rural people in both the states were noted to have benefitted from the roads.
The tests, developed by PAC and RASTA Centre for Road Technology, were conducted in two districts each in the two states. Citizen volunteers were trained to use the equipment through NGOs. In Karnataka, the Swami Vivekananda Youth Movement involved the volunteers.
Source: TOI (http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/news/city/bangalore/Rural-roads-fail-quality-test/articleshow/5028771.cms)
September 20th, 2009, 09:28 AM
MANGALORE: The demand for two Hindu burial grounds dominated the janaspandana programme, organised for the people living in the areas under the Mangalore Assembly constituency on Saturday.
The aggrieved people, who pointed out that their demand for a burial ground was pending for several years, said that Dalits, the landless, and the poor people were the worst affected. Mohammed Monu, president of the Pavoor gram panchayat, who first raised the issue, said that the eight villages of Pajir, Belman, Manjanady, Kairangala, Pavoor, Boliyer, Harekala, and Konaje did not have any Government designated burial ground. “Nearly 50,000 people live in these villages,” he said.
According to Mr. Monu, the land-owners and “caste” Hindus did not have any problem since they buried the dead in their own land. “They have tens of acres of land whereas most Dalits do not own even one cent of land,” he said. Taking a cue from him, many others raised a pandemonium at the meeting. A few of them pointed out that even the poor among the “caste” Hindus had access to private burial grounds but Dalits did not.
“The landed “caste” Hindus accommodate the grave of a person belonging to his own or other “caste” Hindu communities. They allow the last rites to be performed in the lands owned by them. But the same largesse is not shown to Dalits,” said a participant. “Under such circumstances, a Government burial ground is essential. It is a question of extending the most basic dignity to a departed soul,” said Achuta Gatti, former president of Konaje gram panchayat.
Mr. Gatti said that a 2.5-acre land had been identified by the Revenue Department for a burial ground within the Konaje gram panchayat limits. But the land had not been handed over to the panchayat yet.
Mr. Monu said that a six-acre plot had been identified in Pavoor for a Hindu burial ground about eight years ago. But, some caste Hindus, who own some lands near the proposed site, had prevented the burial ground from being created there, he said. “There is a stigma attached to the burial process and nobody wants to have a burial ground near his property,” said U.T Khader, MLA.
The district administration, along with the Revenue Department, should take stern steps to remedy the situation, he added.
The participants raised the long-standing demand for adequate bus connectivity to the region around the Mangalore University and Deralakatte.
They claimed that private buses were not plying on these routes and those plying on them were habitually behind schedule.
Mr. Khader said that he would recommend the introduction of Government buses on the route.
Source: The Hindu (http://www.hindu.com/2009/09/20/stories/2009092058190300.htm)
September 20th, 2009, 10:03 AM
Sirsi, September 20: The construction work of rural road linking the historical Shri Someshwar Temple taken by NABARD RIDP 14 scheme was given initiation by Educationalist Minister Vishweshwar Hegde Kageri on Saturday.
There was demand from a long time for the construction of road linking Sirsi- Siddapur and state highways that connect roads of Kanagodu-Somasagar-Kokkodu. Now these roads are being constructed under the NABARD scheme through PWD costing about Rs.1 crore.
The road is about 6 km and about 3.60 km have been repaired. The road construction contract has been taken up by Sudhir Kamath and the construction work is expected to be completed within six months.
Kageri after initiating the work told that the local people should take interest and see that the good quality road is formed.
Source: Udayavani (http://www.udayavani.com/showstory.asp?news=0&contentid=697188&lang=1)
September 21st, 2009, 03:11 PM
Sujala is a Watershed Development Project designed by the Government of Karnataka and implemented by the Watershed Development Department of Government of Karnataka with tripartite cost-sharing arrangements. The World Bank through International Development Association provided major portion of plan outlay as a loan to Government of India and in turn loan to Government of Karnataka.
The Government of Karnataka finances some portion of the budget and the Watershed Communities contribute some portion.Sujala a community driven watershed development project with a total budget of Rs.557 crores, is being implemented in seven districts, namely Kolar, Chikkabalapur, Tumkur, Madhugiri, Chitradurga, Haveri and Dharwad of Karnataka covering 4.29 lakhs hectare. of land spread over in 77 sub-watersheds and 1270 villages benefiting nearly 4.0 lakhs households including landless. As planned, the project period started from 10.09.2001 and likely to end by 31.03.2009.
The key development objective is to improve the productive potential of selected watersheds and their associated natural resource base, and strengthen community and institutional arrangements for natural resource management. An associated objective is to strengthen the capacity of communities in the project districts for participatory involvement in planning, implementation, social and environmental management and maintenance. The implementing department operates in a more socially inclusive manner, with in the frame work of a convergent watershed development plan. This will be achieved through having the community groups implement the project, the project’s collaborative approach and capacity building initiatives.
For more visit Sujala Watershed Project website (http://watershed.kar.nic.in/website_dec2006/suj_hompg.htm).
A few old news on Sujala are listed below.
Sujala to be replicated in other States (http://www.thehindu.com/2009/06/26/stories/2009062650840500.htm)
Sujala-II: 1.5 lakh hectares of land to be covered (http://www.thehindu.com/2008/08/05/stories/2008080553230300.htm)
September 21st, 2009, 04:49 PM
Courtesy: dbashti (http://dbhasthi.blogspot.com/)
In rural Karnataka and India, a bangle seller is believed to bring fortunes to the village folk and his visit considered as auspicious for ceremonies. Interestingly, the various colours of bangles hold significance for different ceremonies like marriage, seemantha pooja, etc.
Bhagyada balegara hogi baa tavarige... (http://www.video4viet.com/music.html?act=play&id=b5d624ddf7d5613e2a033748b47d3f20)
Balegara Chennaiah baagilige bandihenu, olage barallappaneye doreye... (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NxOm3a7ligQ&feature=related)
September 21st, 2009, 05:41 PM
September 21st, 2009, 09:58 PM
HUBLI: Deshpande Foundation will recruit people having innovative ideas to work for its various projects under the newly launched Social
Entrepreneurs in Residence (SEIR) programme.
The selected will work for projects called woodlife, safehands 24x7, sankalp rural development society, Stupa softech limited and Jai gurudev dairy products.
Woodlife works in villages bordering Western Ghats. It aims to cultivate an eco-friendly attitude among villagers and promote local tribal culture. Besides, it will promote safaris, bird-watching and ecological adventures.
Jai gurudev dairy products will promote dairy-based livelihood opportunities in the villages of Hubli and Kalghatgi taluks. It aims to establish a 2,000 litre capacity milk processing unit.
Safehands 24x7 aims at women empowerment wherein poor women will be trained to become security guards and housekeepers. They will be employed in various education institutions and private companies to work in day shifts.
Sankalp Rural Development Society provides sustainable rainwater harvesting systems to schools, colleges and business establishments in Hubli with technically and economically feasible options.
Interested may contact Deshpande Centre for Social Entrepreneurship, BVB College of Engineering campus, Vidyanagar, Hubli or visit the website http://www.deshpandefoundation.org. Call 9972368051.
Source: TOI (http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/news/city/hubli/Foundation-to-recruit-people-for-project/articleshow/5010940.cms)
The Deshpande Center for Social Entrepreneurship at Hubli, by Thirdspace Architecture Studio of Belgaum, takes an innovative form that hints at its intended function and occupants.
September 22nd, 2009, 07:41 PM
Courtesy: lighttripper (http://www.flickr.com/photos/12035933@N00/424364940)
Courtesy: manzu (http://www.flickr.com/photos/fotografd/428055692/)
Courtesy: Eye for India (http://www.panoramio.com/photo/18109714)
For more on channapatna toys read wikipedia (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Channapatna_toys).
September 25th, 2009, 05:02 PM
After Channapatna toys now it is time for playing with Mysore dolls as a part of dasara festivity (festival of goddess Durga).
Picture Courtesy: Mangalorean (http://mangalorean.com/news.php?newstype=broadcast&broadcastid=147206)
Gombe Habba or Festival of Dolls is celebrated as a part of Dasara (Navaratri) festivals in and around old Mysore region. For more details read Deccan Herald (http://www.deccanherald.com/content/25137/visit-mysores-house-dolls-gombe.html).
September 25th, 2009, 08:44 PM
The high-powered committee to monitor implementation of the recommendations of Nanjundappa Committee report to correct regional imbalance wants a five-year plan to be drafted to complete the remaining works under the special development programme (SDP).
High Power Committee chairman and MLC Shashil Namoshi told reporters here on Wednesday that the Nanjundappa Committee had recommended an eight-year programme to develop 114 taluks in the state that have been identified as backward.
“Three years have lapsed since the government accepted the recommendations and started the work. However, due to certain reasons the development has been slow. To ensure completion of works within a time frame we are suggesting that a five-year plan should be framed. It will enable appropriation of funds and completion of works within the time limit stipulated by the Dr Nanjundappa Committee,” Namoshi said.
Nanjundappa Committee has identified 39 taluks as the most backward, 40 as more backward and 35 as backward. It has recommended that Rs 16,000 crore should be allocated for developing these taluks within eight years.
The committee has suggested that 40 per cent of the amount should be allocated to Gulbarga division which has 21 most-backward taluks while the share of Bangalore division was to be 25 per cent, Belgaum division 20 per cent and Mysore division 15 per cent.
The committee headed by Namoshi has been reviewing the progress of work in all the divisions of the state and so far it has visited 11 districts. Namoshi informed that during 2007-08 works valued at Rs 945.99 crore could be completed though the amount released was Rs 951 crore. The allocation for the year under SDP was Rs 1,571 crore.
He attributed the failure to complete the works to a delay in preparing the action plan and the code of conduct that was in force due to the Assembly elections.
He said, some works were dependent on funding from Nabard which did not come through.
In 2008-09 works worth Rs 21,739 crore were completed while the allocation was Rs 2,547.34 crore. Again, the election code of conduct and a delay in preparing the action plan were cited as reasons for the slow progress.
For 2009-’10, the high power committee has recommended starting of Kasturba Gandhi Baalika Vidyalaya in 39 most-backward taluks, drinking water, toilets and furniture for schools and modular training for labour in various skills. Starting Kittur Rani Channamma Residential schools for girls in all 114 taluks in a phased manner and rejuvenation of open wells are among the other recommendations. Namoshi said officials of various departments were trying to mix the works under SDP with other projects. To avoid this, the government has created a separate object code (133) in the budget for SDP, he said.
He was of the opinion that the works under SDP should be reviewed periodically during the Karnataka Development Programme’s review meetings and chief planning officer in zilla panchayat should be the nodal officer for SDP.
“During the review we found the works under the Social Welfare department were not up to mark. Similarly, there is a problem in proper implementation of rural road development works. The officers are citing technical problems like inadequate fund. We will sort it out,” Namoshi said.
The committee reviewed the progress of works under SDP in Dharwad district and visited several places.
Source: BS (http://www.business-standard.com/india/news/five-year-plan-mooted-to-stem-regional-imbalances/371133/)
September 25th, 2009, 09:49 PM
CM Yediyurappa had earlier launched a project to fill lakes in Bijapur and Bangalkot district bringing Bhima river water through pipelines from Alamatti and Narayanpura reservoirs. Now, people in Haliyala Taluk of Uttara Kannada district also want their lakes to be filled from Kali river water.
Source: Udayavani (http://www.udayavani.com/epaper/PDFList.aspx?Pg=H&Edn=HB&DispDate=9/23/2009) Hubli edition page 2.
September 26th, 2009, 10:43 AM
NEW DELHI: CPI(M) Polit Bureau member Brinda Karat has accused the UPA government of going back on its commitment to increase the minimum wages under the National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (NREGA).
She also accused the MoRD of not acceding to the demands of States such as Tripura, Karnataka, Punjab, West Bengal, Madhya Pradesh and Himachal Pradesh for an upward revision in the wage rate on the ground that these requests had been made after the Centre had notified the minimum wage on January 1, 2009.
Source: The Hindu (http://www.hindu.com/2009/09/26/stories/2009092656381000.htm)
Read also the thread Meeting India's tree planting guru (http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showthread.php?t=963726) for an BBC article (http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/south_asia/8257563.stm) connecting NREGA & planting trees.
September 28th, 2009, 05:04 PM
BANGALORE, SEPTEMEBR 28, 2009: Even as the Central Government released funds to the Total Sanitation Campaign (TSC) in various districts of the State, the Government led by Chief Minister B S Yeddyurappa has not shown any commitment in the implementation of the schemes, which would improve the health of the rural masses.
Consider this fact: the percentage coverage of individual household latrines (IHHLs) in the State is 38.51 per cent.
The coverage is negligible in Tumkur, Raichur, Bijapur and Gulbarga districts and less than 20 per cent of househols have latrines. The performance of the TSC has been dismal in most of the north Karnataka districts and in the Mysore region.
For effective implementation of the scheme, the Centre has been giving Nirmal Gram Puraskar to panchayatas to achieve 100 per cent open-defecation-free gram panchayats. But not a single GP in north Karnataka, particularly in Bellary, Chamaranagar, Raichur and Gulbarga districts selected for this award so far. These districts remained backward in education sector also.
Though the government claims that it framed several policies for the rural poor, the implementation of this scheme alone shows how the government machinery works in Karnataka.
Since the launch of the programme on October 2, 2005, the BJP Government had spent Rs. 164.41 crore against the available funds of Rs. 264.32 crore as on August end, 2009), the Rural Development and Panchayat Raj Department said.
Within State there have been significant regional imbalances in terms of sanitation coverage. In terms of coverage of IHHLs, Shimoga topped the list with 104.09 per cent while Gulbarga ranked last with 10.22 per cent.
The percentage coverage of IHHLs was 100 in Dakshina Kannada, 95.95 in Udupi, 95.65 in Uttara Kannada, 75.04 in Chikmagalur, 64.21 in Kodagu, 62.22 in Mysore, 62.13 in Hassan, 50.29 in Bangalore Urban, Rural, 42.80 in Belgaum, 41.54 in Davanagere, 38.37 in Bangalore Rural, 37.74 in Koppal, 35.83 per cent in Dharwad, 29.93 in Bidar, 29.91 in Chitradurga, 29.84 in Gadag, 29.73 in Haveri, 28.07 in Bagakote, 24.46 in Mandya, 23.34 in Bellary, 22.28 in Kolar, 20.09 in CHamarajangar, 19.92 in Tumkur, 17.58 in Raichur and 11.71 in Bijapur. In fact, subsidy (Rs. 2,500 a family) given under the TSC for below the poverty line (BPL) households has not been properly utilised due to lack of awareness among the people, the officials said.
With low performance of the TSC, Minister for Rural Development and Panchayat Raj Shobha Karandlaje has threatened to discontinue the annual grants of Rs. 6 lakh to gram panchayats if total sanitation is not achieved in their respective villages in two years’ time. She felt that it was "shameful" that less than 50 per cent of the households had toilets. She made this statement at a conference on sanitation in Bangalore a few days ago.
What are the reasons for less coverage? The officials said in most places there has been no visible attempt on the part of campaign managers to develop a strategy to implement the programme. In Shimoga, Dakshina Kannada and Udupi districts, for example, the people are literate and there has been a keen interest among the programme managers to implement the scheme.
A common factor in the strategy of these places has been the adoption of a ‘campaign mode’, focusing on people as key actors and agents of change, the officials said.
The performance of the school sanitation programme has better and it achieved 99.35 per cent of the target by constructing 35,467 toilets. A total of 23,784 toilets constructed in anganwadi centres and it achieved the target of 98.71 per cent.
Source: Mangalorean (http://mangalorean.com/news.php?newstype=broadcast&broadcastid=147679)
September 30th, 2009, 09:16 AM
To another question, Mr. Kumar said that he had been able to establish good relations between the Union Government and the State Government. Funds due to the State were coming regularly with the Union Government granting Rs. 419 crore to the State under the National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (NREGA) this year.
When presspersons drew his attention over the Rs. 350-crore package submitted to the Union Government through the State Government to find a lasting solution to the elephant menace in Kodagu, Mr. Kumar said he would examine it.
Source: The Hindu (http://www.hindu.com/2009/09/30/stories/2009093052350300.htm)
To expedite works on irrigation projects, the State Water Resources Department has sought assistance from the Centre under the Accelerated Irrigation Benefit Programme (AIBP) in 2009-10.
Official sources in the State Water Resources Department said the Technical Advisory Committee of the Central Water Commission (CWC), which would be meeting on Wednesday, would conduct an appraisal of Upper Krishna Stages I and II, Malaprabha, Ghataprabha and Karanja projects for sanctioning of funds. Officials of Krishna Bhagya Jala Nigam Ltd. (KBJNL) and Karnataka Neeravari Nigam Ltd. (KNNL) are already in New Delhi to attend the meeting.
Source: The Hindu (http://www.hindu.com/2009/09/30/stories/2009093053710400.htm)
September 30th, 2009, 10:20 AM
Jana Shikshana Trust is planning to celebrate Gandhi Jayanthi in a novel way by creating awareness among the Koragas, a primitive tribe among Scheduled Tribes in DK, on National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme (NREGS).
“Since the NREGS allows a person/family to work in their own land and get paid for the same, even if the Koraga members plant an areca sapling or any fruit sapling in their own land on October 2, the celebration would be meaningful,” Sheena Shetty said and added that a person can earn Rs 20 for digging a pit to plant a sapling.
Source: DHNS (http://www.deccanherald.com/content/27909/trust-plans-gandhi-jayanthi-novel.html)
October 1st, 2009, 07:39 AM
Only eight of 43,666 card-holding families have received work for 100 days
Fewer than 25 of 881 Koraga households have been issued job cards
Only one Koraga household has received work under the programme
The traditional Koraga craft of basket weaving.
MANGALORE: Terming the performance of the district in implementing schemes under the National Rural Employment Guarantee Act abysmal, activists have alleged that households from socially deprived sections of society such as Adivasis and Dalits have hardly benefited from the scheme.
As of September only eight job card-holding households in the district managed to get their full annual quota of 100 days’ employment. The remaining 43,666 households, which were issued job cards, remained either underemployed or unemployed.
However, what NREGA activists such as Sheena Shetty and Krishna Moolya from the Jana Shikshana Trust find distressing is that households from socially deprived sections have hardly benefited from the scheme.
Government statistics reveal that of the 43,674 job card holding households only 8.6 per cent or 3,770 households belong to the Scheduled Castes. Even fewer households (6.4 per cent) issued job cards are from the Scheduled Tribes.
As was the case in most other districts of the State, said Ms. Shetty, persons belonging to the Scheduled Tribes were often worse off than those belonging to the Scheduled Castes.
“Of all the tribes in the district, the poorest of the poor belong to the Koraga tribe. Unfortunately, their presence in the NREGA beneficiaries’ club is negligible,” said Mr. Moolya. Mundappa, a Belthangady-based Koraga leader told The Hindu that fewer than 25 of the 881 Koraga living families in the district’s rural areas had received job cards, but only one received any work.
He said that only the family of 60-year-old Haniyaru, a Koraga woman from the Kalmanje village of Belthangady taluk, received any work under the programme. “She is the only Koraga beneficiary in the entire district… It is shocking,” said Ms. Shetty.
Arguably, one of the more far-reaching works taken up through schemes under the NREGA is land development. Using this provision, a farmer can be paid wages for working on her/his own land. Chief executive officer of the Dakshina Kannada Zilla Panchayat P. Shivashankar said, “The government also provides funds for seeds, fertilizer, construction of open wells and other development works on the farm under the NREGA.”
Unfortunately for the Koraga community, few in the district own any arable land. Mr. Shivashankar said, “Fewer than 100 of the 800 plus Koraga families in the district own land. Projects to distribute land among them have been pending for several years,” he said.
“The district administration has identified 74 acres of government land for distribution among the Koragas. Hopefully, the distribution of this lands will coincide with our thrust towards including the Koragas in the NREGA,” he added.
He said that an operation to include the Koraga people under the NREGA will be launched on October 2 to coincide with Gandhi Jayanti. “We have a list of all the Koraga households in the district. We will approach each household individually and encourage them to apply for job cards,” he said.
They would also be encouraged to develop their land, which, according to Mr. Moolya, lies fallow. “They do not have the resources or the knowledge required for agriculture,” he said.
Mr. Shivashankar said that the NREGA would be clubbed with other programmes for the uplift of the Koraga people. “There are several options under the Cluster-level Tribal Welfare Schemes. We will also integrate other programmes into the NREGA such as the National Horticultural Mission for the benefit of the Koragas,” he said.
Source: The Hindu (http://www.hindu.com/2009/10/01/stories/2009100159740300.htm)
NREGS en route to success in DK (http://www.deccanherald.com/content/27178/nregs-route-success-dk.html)
October 1st, 2009, 08:00 AM
BANGALORE: The Karnataka Milk Federation (KMF) has set an ambitious target of increasing its annual turnover from Rs. 3,135 crore to Rs. 7,000 crore in five years in a bid to equal the famed Anand Milk Union Limited (AMUL) in terms of business volume
The main initiative was to decentralise all the 13 district milk unions in the State and to provide facilities for the districts which had potential to increase milk production.
The KMF had commenced export of about 20,000 litres of milk to Singapore a month. There was also a demand for milk from Saudi Arabia.
Source: The Hindu (http://www.hindu.com/2009/10/01/stories/2009100154130400.htm)
October 1st, 2009, 02:00 PM
A group of nationalised banks, including the SyndicateBank, has come forward to launch the Electronic Benefit Transfer (EBT) scheme as part of the smart card-based payment project in six districts of Karnataka for payment of National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (NREGA) wages and other social security benefits to beneficiaries.
Read more on The Hindu (http://beta.thehindu.com/news/states/karnataka/article27305.ece).
October 1st, 2009, 03:46 PM
In the Raichur district of Karnataka, there’s something afoot, and it’s got the people talking, the bureaucracy in a tizzy, and the children looking to make a change. Thanks to Unicef, the youth of Raichur are wielding the might of the pen through their newsletter, Chinnara Manasa. They’ve got bore wells dug, pot-holed roads repaired, and are now pushing the government to build a high school.
Read more on DNA (http://www.dnaindia.com/bangalore/slideshow_meet-the-rural-journos_1293940) - Nishant Ratnakar.
October 2nd, 2009, 09:31 AM
Speaking at a gram sabha organised in connection with the implementation of Suvarna Gramodya Scheme at Hebbale village near here on Thursday, MLA said that a proposal has already been submitted to the government for the development of Kudige - Shirangala road, which is in a deplorable condition. Work will be commenced immediately after the government’s approval, he assured.
A total of Rs 84 lakh will be released under the Suvarna Gramodaya Scheme for Hebbale gram panchayat in the first phase, Rs 50 lakh each will be reserved for the development of roads and drainages.
A community hall will be constructed at an estimated cost of Rs 12.5 lakh, while Rs 8.5 lakh will be reserved for the development of anganwadis.
A total of Rs 5.8 lakh will be allotted for waste management and Rs 5 lakh will be utilised for training.
Source: DHNS (http://www.deccanherald.com/content/28263/kudige-shirangala-road-developed.html)
October 2nd, 2009, 09:54 PM
Flood situation is pretty grim in North Karnataka..............any information on how the villagers are being evicted from the sites./?? heard in NEWS that road services is cut off only way out is by airlifting........are there enough choppers to evict them on time before situation worsens in some parts???
October 3rd, 2009, 04:47 AM
Here is PIB press release (http://pib.nic.in/release/release.asp?relid=52974)
Following a request from the Karnataka and Andhra state governments to assist it in the relief and rescue operation, Training Command responded to the call and immediately launched helicopters and fixed wing acs for rescue and relief operations. A round-the-clock flood relief cell had been set up at Air Force station Yelahanka and Hakimpet to meet the situation. The meteorological department of Air Force station Yelahanka had also been activated to assist the civic authorities in respect of weather warning round-the-clock.
In Karnataka the worst affected have been the Bellary and Raichur districts. The first helicopter with the specialist equipment to winch up survivors got airborne early morning on 02 Oct for the affected areas.
By afternoon six helicopters of IAF station Yelahanka flew 12 sorties, dropping about 750 Kgs of relief material mainly food packets in and around the flood-hit areas and saving 43 of lives by carrying out live winching.
Air Cmde V S Bharti, the Air Officer Commanding air force station Yelahanka, who is overlooking the flood relief operations, said, "Intermittent rains and thunderstorms are affecting the operations." However, IAF would provide relief and succor to the affected population despite inclement weather.
In all, the IAF helicopters saved precious lives in the flood-affected. They came as the last hope to the hapless victims especially women and infants perched precariously atop trees, temples, poles, and the roofs of their houses and hutments and even Buses.
The Indian Air Force personnel evacuated about 12 people caught, in neck-level deep water in low-lying areas of the Bellary district and dropped them at safe places; In addition 32 lives were saved from Mantralayam in Raichur district. The crew of the helicopter would hover close to the rooftops on which the people had gathered in the low-lying areas, with flood waters lapping at their bodies. One by one, the people were tied to a harness and winched up into the helicopter, once full; the helicopter would fly away to the safe ground to disgorge the survivors. This is how the Air Force angels acted throughout the day!
Whether the meteorology department (http://www.imd.ernet.in/main_new.htm) can predict the possibility of a flood? Can it alert about probability of a calamity so that relief operations can be started in time. Do we have or need a separate team for emergency operations other than army/navy/air force? In case of Mantralaya people could have been alerted against pilgrimmage if it was possible to predict flood based on meteorological, geographical and historical flood data. We need more efficient system (better e-governance) for predicting calamities and alerting people through proper media.
October 3rd, 2009, 01:25 PM
BANGALORE: ‘Nairmalya’ - a state-level total sanitation campaign to ensure that every household has a toilet facility by 2012 was launched on Friday under the aegis of the Karnataka Rural Water Supply and Sanitation Board.
The programme has come exactly four years after the Centre launched a similar programme. The two programmes will run side by side.
Launching the pro - gramme, Chief Minister B S Yeddyurappa announced Rs 3,000 as incentive or subsidy for every toiletless-house which goies in for a toilet. It is an increase from the previous Rs 2,500.
Minister for Rural Development and Panchayat Raj Shobha Karandlaje, noted that the programme was found necessary as villages, especially those in North Karnataka, did not seem to be picking up on the Central government programme.
The state-level programme will accelerate the total sanitation campaign, she said.
Of f i c i a l s s a i d t h at Chikmagalur, Kodagu and Udupi would soon be joining Shimoga and Dakshina Kannada, in achieving total sanitation in the state.
As in the case of the Centre’s programme, the state government too has made known the institution of awards for gram panchayats, taluk panchayats and zilla panchayats achieving 100 per cent target and giving thrust to cleanliness and sanitation. These awards shall be given away every year on June 5 - the World Environment Day, it is said.
At the gram panchayat level, there will be 10 best village awards, and Rs 40 lakh has been allotted for it.
There will be two awards for taluk panchayats, of Rs 30 lakh each. Another Rs 30 lakh has been allotted for the best zilla panchayat award.
Source: express buzz (http://www.expressbuzz.com/edition/story.aspx?Title=Karnataka%E2%80%99s+own+total+sanitation+drive+launched&artid=OzyrkGJ9SKw=&SectionID=7GUA38txp3s=&MainSectionID=fyV9T2jIa4A=&SectionName=zkvyRoWGpmWSxZV2TGM5XQ==&SEO=#)
Karnataka Rural Water Supply and Sanitation Agency director P Boregowda said Shimoga and Dakshina Kannada achieved 100% sanitation, while Chikmagalur, Udupi and Kodagu would attain the same this year.
"But North Karnataka districts including Bidar, Raichur, Bagalkot and Gulbarga had completely failed in this programme."
Source: TOI (http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/news/city/bangalore/Awards-for-total-sanitation/articleshow/5081939.cms)
Read also post #64 above - Sanitation scheme is total failure in Karnataka
Udupi: SKDRDP schemes are worth emulating: Acharya (http://mangalorean.com/news.php?newstype=local&newsid=148400)
SKDRDP = Sri Kshetra Dharmasthala Rural Development Project
October 3rd, 2009, 03:23 PM
A true salute to Bapu (http://www.deccanherald.com/content/28408/a-true-salute-bapu.html)
Zilla Panchayat CEO Shivashankar inaugurated the programme at the house of Sanna Thaniya at Thovooru in Kotekar. Thaniya planted a sapling in his land. The CEO also visited Koraga colonies in various parts of the district and checked the ongoing works under NREGS. The Koragas planted areca saplings, coconut saplings, fruit saplings and jasmine plants in their own land and made the celebration meaningful, he added.
Read also earlier post #67 - Activists say NREGA is failure in district
NREGA: workers misinformed on wage structure (http://www.hindu.com/2009/10/03/stories/2009100354840600.htm)
MANGALORE: Activists of the Karnataka Prantha Raitha Sangha (KPRS) appear to have made significant progress in the implementation of the National Rural Employment Guarantee Act in the Munoor Gram Panchayat, 20 km from here.
They have managed to induct 250 persons into the scheme in Munoor that had only 25 job card holders before the KPRS entered the scene. Around 15 days ago, the first NREGA project — the building of a 1.5 kilometre irrigation canal — started in the village employing nearly 50 workers.
But what these grassroots activists have gained so far may come to naught because of their lack of information about the basic provisions of the NREGA.
Speaking to The Hindu the workers on site threatened to stop coming to work in the future if the wages are not raised. The workers, mostly women, have come to believe that they are going to be paid only Rs. 82 per day. They demand at least Rs. 125 per day, the wage that they would have earned as agricultural labourers, in addition to lunch and two cups of tea. The KPRS activists supported the demand for raising the “minimum wages of Rs. 82.”
In other words, Rs. 82 is not the daily minimum wages guaranteed under the NREGA as understood by the workers and activists. It is in fact the payment for one unit of work.
“When a worker displaces (digs or transports) 1.2 cubic metres of soft soil, it is considered to be one unit of work for which the payment is Rs. 82,” Mr. Shivashankar explained. In the case of hard soil, the workers are paid Rs. 99 for every unit of work.
Secondly, if a worker puts in more work during a given eight-hour-day, she/he can be paid more.
The guarantee is that any person can demand and get 100 days of employment in a year under the NREGA. But one can put in 152.43 units of work in these 100 days and be paid a maximum of Rs. 12,500 for the entire period.
October 3rd, 2009, 03:26 PM
Belgaum: While government celebrated Gandhi Jayanti by paying floral tributes to the Mahatma, the gandhians here have found no reason to join the administration in the celebrations.
For them, the Gandhian concept of “gram swaraj” – a democratic system that visualizes self-governance and self-reliance, is still far away as the means of development and progress continues to be luxury of the elite and influential.
This sense was widely prevalent during what was a brain storming session of Gandhians of “Gandhi Ghar” at Devagri village of Belgaum taluk on Friday.
The Gandhi Ghar is essentially an ashram of gandhians.
It has been a couple of decades since it was set up by veteran Gandhian and freedom fighter Sadashivrao Bhonsale with the avowed objective of spreading Gandhian values among the rural people and work for achieving gram swaraj.
After offering garlands to the portrait of Mahatma Gandhi, activists, including women from Devagiri, Kattanbhavi, Kadoli and adjoining areas and from Khanapur taluk sat down to take a look at the functioning of gram panchayats and the National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme in the district. The presence of Mr. Bhonsale, social workers Ashok Deshpande, Dilip Kamat and Shivaji Kagnekar was to help assess the prevailing situation.
The sum of the discussion, which included complaints against gram panchayat secretaries and elected members, who allegedly were in connivance in committing irregularities in the implementation of the NREGS was only to defeat the objective of the scheme.
At the end of the meeting, a unanimous resolution was adopted to organise a “march” to the Deputy Commissioner’s office on November 2 to protest against irregularities, which included payment of wages less than Rs. 82 fixed as minimum wages by the Government, part-payments, and denial of job cards and employment to registered members.
They would demand the Government to pay unemployment allowance to those who had been denied employment even after registering under the scheme and issuance of job cards so that proper entries of work done and wages disbursed were recorded.
The people said the workers were getting much less than Rs. 82. Even the payment of wages was not regular.
Many had not been paid for the last three months. In several cases, the payment had been partial. Interestingly, the payments were made as per the whims and fancies of gram panchayat secretaries.
Source: The Hindu (Belgaum: While government celebrated Gandhi Jayanti by paying floral tributes to the Mahatma, the gandhians here have found no reason to join the administration in the celebrations.)
October 3rd, 2009, 04:37 PM
Muthodi road cries for attention (http://www.deccanherald.com/content/28417/muthodi-road-cries-attention.html)
The Muthodi-Jagara-Kolagame main road which pass through Bhadra reserve forest is in deplorable condition.
Vehicle users are finding it difficult to ride on the road.
The road is the only road which connects Bhadra reserve forest to that of villages adjacent to the forest. This road connects Kolagame, Jagara, Karanji, Huluvathi, Melina Huluvathi, Malagar, Ukkada which is situated on the other side of the reserve forest.
The road has been damaged for the last 10 years. However, owing to the rigid rules of the reserve forest, the road could not be repaired.
Now the work on the development of the road has been started. However, the workers have dug the entire road in the name of development.
The road connecting Kolagame to Bababudangiri is also in deplorable condition. If the road is developed from Bababudangiri to Kemmanugundi, tourists will be benefited.
Koppa TP may be upgraded (http://www.deccanherald.com/content/28416/koppa-tp-may-upgraded.html)
Town Panchayat President Umesh Shet has said that government has agreed to upgrade Town Panchayat to Town Municipal Council.
Addressing reporters after Gandhi Jayanthi celebrations at Town Panchayat, on Friday Shet informed that Chief Whip in the State Assembly D N Jeevaraj has convinced the Minister for Urban Development in this regard and the Minister has responded positively.
He said that at present the Town Panchayat has jurisdiction of 2 kms and with the upgradation it will be extended to 4 kms embracing 16,000 population. Koppa rural, Binthravalli and Haranduru Panchayats will be included in the Council.
He informed that an action plan of Rs 6.64 crore has been prepared for the development of Town Panchayat including concreting of main roads and construction of three important water tanks.
October 3rd, 2009, 05:27 PM
Courtesy: brownknows (http://www.flickr.com/photos/brownknows/1884049963/in/photostream/)
October 5th, 2009, 01:05 PM
A few of the problems faced by the Koraga tribal people are of their own making, according to P. Shivashankar, the Chief Executive Officer of the Zilla Panchayat.
“Their present socio-economic backwardness has been imposed on them by oppressive systems of the past. But, with the Mahatma Gandhi Rural Employment Guarantee Act (MGREGA), they now have the power to shape their destinies,” he said.
Dwelling on the failure of previous schemes to provide succour to this tribal community, Mr. Shivashankar said, “Previous schemes tried to spoon-feed the community, whereas the MGREGA takes a different approach and makes the beneficiaries responsible for their own welfare.”
Speaking The Hindu on Saturday after attending the the Gandhi Jayanti celebrations and interacting with Koraga households across the district the previous day, Mr. Shivashankar said, “When we told them about the provisions of MGREGA, the Koragas seemed surprised that such a scheme exists.”
He said, “When we visited them, they had a familiar list of demands.” Most of the Koragas said that they wanted the Government to deepen their wells or dig canals leading up to their lands. “We asked them to do this work by themselves and told them that we would pay for them. They looked at us in disbelief,” he said. In previous schemes such as the Cluster Development Scheme run by the Integrated Tribal Development Project, the lands belonging to Koragas were developed for them. But, the land development project under the MGREGA required the beneficiaries to develop their lands on their own. “This is a significant change,” he said.
In the past, the Government was hiring people to level the lands for Koragas, dig trenches for areca or rubber saplings, add fertiliser and even help in the maintenance of the crop. “Since everything was done for them, there was no initiative from their side. After we did our part of the work, they were not bothering to do their part,” he said.
But now, they had to do all the work by themselves and the Government would pay for them. Quoting a metaphor he said, “Earlier, we were committing the mistake of giving them fish for free, but now we are teaching them how to fish.”
He said that the zilla panchayat, with the help of non-governmental organisations (NGOs) such as the Jana Shikshana Trust, would try to effect a change in the mindset of the Koragas, who were accustomed to a semi-nomadic lifestyle. “The NGOs will guide them through every step of this process and encourage them to indulge in best practices in agriculture.”
Mr. Shivashankar said that October would be a month of intense action and by the end of the month, all the 881 rural Koraga households would be given MGREGA job cards. “On Gandhi Jayanti alone we distributed 20 job cards to Koraga households,” he said.
He said that a major roadblock in their efforts was the absence of arable land in the hands of the Koragas. “If this project has to succeed, land must be distributed amongst the Koragas. We have distributed 74 acres of land to Koraga families during the last month. More lands are being identified,” he said.
Source: The Hindu (http://beta.thehindu.com/news/cities/Mangalore/article28804.ece)
Now it is Mahatma Gandhi Rural Employment Guarantee Act (http://beta.thehindu.com/news/national/article27802.ece)
Plans to cover NRGEA beneficiaries under health insurance (http://beta.thehindu.com/news/national/article24284.ece#)
How NREGA is doing in other districts of Karnataka?
I think they are trying to integrate a lot of other benefits with MGREGA like insurance, most probably provident fund also next. They can even think of asking people to construct their on house (DIY) instead of providing them ready made house? For this they may have to provide training on constructing a good house.
October 6th, 2009, 07:11 AM
Karnataka Chief Minister B.Y.Yeddyurappa on Monday announced that his government would construct over 2,00,000 houses for flood affected people.
Yeddyurappa said the project would be taken up through a public private partnership (PPP) scheme.
He also informed about plans to raise funds for the project through a padayatra in Bangalore on Wednesday.
Yeddyurappa also hinted at plans to permanently shift some of the villages in Krishna and Kaveri basin.
Torrential rains over last one week have left over 200 people dead and rendered over 3,00,000 people homeless in the state alone.
The floods have affected all 14 districts of state's northern region.
The Karnataka Government has shifted its attention to rehabilitation work with the rains holding off over the last couple of days and water levels receding from the inundated areas.
The state government has asked its employees not to go on leave for the next two months. (ANI)
Source: sify (http://sify.com/news/fullstory.php?a=jkfpaebcgce&title=Karnataka_to_construct_2,00,000_homes_for_flood_affected)
The beneficiaries may also be involved in construction of houses under MGREGA? The participation of beneficiaries may add to quality of houses.
According to a preliminary estimate of the losses, the State has asked for Rs. 5,000 crore to repair roads, bridges and culverts; Rs. 1,000 crore to build houses; Rs. 2,500 crore for crop loss compensation; Rs. 1,500 crore to provide immediate relief to the affected people; Rs. 500 crore to repair electrical installations; Rs. 1,500 crore to restore village infrastructure, school buildings and community utilities; Rs, 1,000 crore for construction of embankments; and Rs. 3,500 crore to repair tanks and irrigation canals.
Source: The Hindu (http://www.hindu.com/2009/10/06/stories/2009100659320700.htm)
October 7th, 2009, 05:40 AM
Grameen Vikas Kendras (http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/mangalore/Grameen-Vikas-Kendras/articleshow/5094919.cms)
Corporation Bank, on Monday, declared open 150 branchless banking units - Grameen Vikas Kendras - spread across five states as part of its financial inclusion programme. With the opening of these kendras, the total tally of such outlets has gone up to 568.
Branchless banking is a technology enabled, low-cost, alternate delivery channel that facilitates basic banking services to rural communities at their doorstep through business correspondents at an affordable cost in a secure manner. It encourages the customers to open accounts with the Bank and start transactions. This model addresses three major problems being faced by rural communities including access to financial services.
The model facilitates customers to transact at their convenience and save/withdraw small amounts based on their need, without hassles of filling up a challan for depositing cash or write a cheque for withdrawing money. These transactions are low value, high volume transactions normally discouraged at branches and in view of low literacy levels and infrastructure bottlenecks, it may not be viable to install ATMs at these locations.
Corporation Bank started this project in November 2006 and it is presently operational in more than 560 villages across India. The Bank has adopted a unique model where the business correspondent, a permanent resident of the village is available throughout the day for villagers. The Bank has branded this product "Corp Grameen Vikas" which enables rural branches to extend its outreach and to increase the clientele base.
The Bank has plans to roll out micro-insurance and facilitate transactions using the mobile phones through the business correspondents. The Bank has an ambitious mission to extend Corp Grameen Vikas to more villages during the current fiscal, which would be a viable business proposition apart from being a part of national agenda of brining about upliftment of the village communities leading to the overall development of the country.
People travel on rooftop of buses in many villages (http://www.hindu.com/2009/10/07/stories/2009100758970300.htm)
MANGALORE: The residents of Ambalamogaru, Munoor, Pavoor, and Harekala villages on the outskirts of the city are always seen travelling on rooftops of buses. Anyone visiting these villages during peak hours of the day can see two ticket collectors in each bus – one for passengers inside the bus and the other for those travelling on the roof.
Ramanna Pavoor (36), resident of a village, told The Hindu that there were two different tariffs in these overcrowded buses. The commuters risking their life and limb on the roof were charged less than those inside the buses, he said. According to Ashok Shetty, an activist of the Democratic Youth Federation of India (DYFI), this situation has prevailed for over 10 years. Five buses were supposed to ply between the State Bank and Elliyarapadavu, through Pavoor, Munoor, Harekala, and Ambalamogaru. However, only two buses turned up each day, resulting in chaos, he said. “The bus operators make fewer trips in the hope that they can get more passengers for each trip,” said Ibrahim, an aggrieved passenger. Even those two buses would stop at one place for a long time to take in more passengers. The issue had resulted in violence on several occasions with irate local people deciding to take law into their own hands, Mr. Ibrahim said.
Regional Transport Officer J. Purushottam dismissed allegations that the authorities were soft on the bus operators’ lobby. He said that there was a plan to start KSRTC bus service in these areas.
Shekhar wants Ashraya houses for flood-affected (http://www.hindu.com/2009/10/07/stories/2009100753960300.htm)
Ministry of Textile to help weavers buy looms, rebuild homes
Ministers representing district should put forth house proposal before Government
Health camps to be set up with help from RGUHS and NSS volunteers
Barren land to be used to grow bio-fuel plants (http://www.hindu.com/2009/10/07/stories/2009100753420200.htm)
Sirsi: Over one lakh hectares of barren lands will be utilised to develop bio-fuel plants in the district in the coming years. The project will be carried out by various village forest committees under the National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (NREGA), said Karnataka Bio-fuel Task Force Chairman Y.B. Ramakrishna here on Tuesday.
He was speaking to media persons at TSS Hall.
He said the project was titled ‘Hasiruhonnu’ for which Rs. 300 crore under NREGA had been earmarked.
The programme would be undertaken by planting by more than one crore saplings. The State had about 13.5 lakh hectares of barren land that would be utilised for the project.
In the State about five per cent of ethanol was being used in buses which would be increased to 10 per cent this year using crops such as sugarcane, beetroot, maize and the like, he added.
He said the KSRTC had been running its buses by mixing ethanol with diesel at present and further aimed at running about 5,000 buses on the same lines.
Mr. Ramakrishna said that in the rural parts of the State, bio-fuel oil extracting units would be established to help increase employment opportunities for the youth.
For all programmes that involved cultivation of bio-fuel plants in the State, complete technical know-how from the bio-fuel park already developed in Hassan district would be made available. The scheme would be a model in the State, he added.
‘Farmer is partner’
Every farmer was a partner in this scheme and might get Rs. 200 to Rs. 2,000 per month, plus additional work for 60 days under the programme.
Basic facilities promised to tribal haadi (http://www.deccanherald.com/content/29113/basic-facilities-promised-tribal-haadi.html)
October 8th, 2009, 06:32 AM
The district has stood first in the State in the implementation of the ambitious National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme (NREGS) aimed at solving rural unemployement by providing work for 100 days in a year for a rural family.
As against the Rs 40 crore spent in the year 2008-09, the district has spent Rs 101 crore in the first six months of the current financial year.
Addressing the media on Wednesday, Regional Commissioner Rajneesh Goel and Zilla Panchayat Chief Executive Officer V Anbukumar said that the entire state of Karnataka had spent Rs 607 crore until September this year, with Gulbarga’s share alone accounting for Rs 101 crore. The expenditure of Gulbarga is more than 15 other districts put together.
Consequently, the amount sanctioned for the district under NREGS has been revised to Rs 362 crore, which they hope to make use of even before the end of the current fiscal.
Anbukumar noted that in almost every village of the 337 gram panchayats in the district, some work has been taken up under the scheme. The works like desilting of tanks, wells, construction of krishi ponds, cleaning of nalas have yielded rich dividends in rural areas as most of the water bodies are brimming with water with the ground water table remaining well charged.
The area under cultivation of crops has also increased with improvement in water supply. There was no demand for drilling of new bore wells in villages where ground water recharging works have been implemented effectively. “Though the norm is to spend 60 per cent on labour component and 40 per cent on material component, in Gulbarga district it is 70 and 30 per cent respectively. This shows the effectiveness of the demand driven programme,’’ Anbukumar said.
Goel said that NREGS is a boon for the villagers and without waiting for the funds from the centre or the state government, works were being taken up for restoration of infrastructure devastated by the unprecedented floods. This would serve the twin purpose of providing employment to the needy and also restoring the infrastructure. They have appealed to rural people to enroll their names with the gram panchayats seeking work and get benefit of he scheme under which a daily labour of Rs 85 is given.
Source: DHNS (http://www.deccanherald.com/content/29337/gbarga-excels-nregs-implementation.html)
October 12th, 2009, 07:21 AM
13,446 works have been taken up under employment guarantee scheme
Out of Rs. 105.47 cr. spent, Rs. 72.69 cr. has gone for wages and Rs. 32.27 cr. on material
9,467 households have been provided 100 days of employment this year as stipulated under the Act
For Employment generation: Under NREGA, repair of roads such as the one connecting Kasarbosga village and Hipparga villages in Jewargi taluk will be taken up. The recent floods in Gulbarga district have damaged the road completely.
Gulbarga: Gulbarga district has set a new benchmark for the other districts in the State by creating new employment avenues for those in need in rural areas by utilising funds made available under the National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (NREGA).
The administration is spending Rs. 1 crore and more under the NREGA on each day for generating employment opportunities in the district. Authorities hope to spend over Rs. 2 crore each day from now on by stepping up the activities under the NREGA as part of the Government’s measures to take up relief and reconstruction works in the flood-hit areas in the district.
Chief Executive Officer of the zilla panchayat V. Anbukumar who took charge as the CEO in Gulbarga district in February 2009 has played a significant role in motivating the officials concerned to take up works under the NREGA. Till last year, Gulbarga district was one among the other districts in the State having spent Rs. 40 crore under the NREGA.
However, this year even before the end of the second quarter of the financial year, the district had spent over Rs. 105.47 crore and most of this amount was spent after August 27. Incidentally, from August 27, not a single day has passed without having spent Rs. 1 crore under the NREGA.
None of the other districts was anywhere near Gulbarga district in this regard. Even in Belgaum district, which is the biggest district in the State, expenditure under the NREGA up to beginning of October 2009 was only Rs. 56.84 crore, other district which has crossed the Rs. 50 crore mark was Bagalkot which spent Rs. 54.07 crore, Kolar spent Rs. 49.38 crore during the same period.
Chitradurga, Raichur, Davanagere and Bidar districts where the NREGA was the first to be introduced along with the other 200 districts in the country in the first phase, the expenditure under the NREGA was very poor. While Chitradurga and Davanagere spent Rs. 36.39 crore and Rs. 27.03 crore respectively and Bidar and Raichur spent Rs. 26.4 crore and Rs. 34.17 crore respectively.
Mr. Anbukumar told The Hindu that enough care has been taken to ensure that the officials at the ground level followed the guidelines prescribed in the National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (NREGA) and the rules and regulations framed by the Union Government giving more stress on the employment rather than material. “In Gulbarga district, the expenditure on wages was 70 per cent and 30 per cent on material and administrative expenditure. As per the guidelines of the Centre, 60 per cent of the amount should be spent on wages and 40 per cent on materials and administrative expenditure,” he explained.
According to Mr. Anbukumar, out of the total Rs. 105.47 crore, a sum of Rs. 72.69 crore was spent on wages and Rs. 32.27 crore was spent on materials till the beginning of October 2009. While 3.39 lakh households have been issued job cards, 1.36 lakh households have been provided employment. In all 9,467 households have been provided 100 days of employment as stipulated under the act and a total of 74.26 lakh person days have been created. At present, 13,446 works are in different stages of completion.
Source: The Hindu (http://www.hindu.com/2009/10/12/stories/2009101251470300.htm)
October 12th, 2009, 10:01 AM
Courtesy: Jyothi Vaidyanathan (http://www.flickr.com/photos/jyothiv/2319446310/)
Halakki-Vakkalu community to get ST status (http://www.expressbuzz.com/edition/story.aspx?Title=Halakki-Vakkalu+community+to+get+ST+status&artid=OPkJm%7CSDsFE=&SectionID=Qz/kHVp9tEs=&MainSectionID=wIcBMLGbUJI=&SectionName=UOaHCPTTmuP3XGzZRCAUTQ==&SEO=)
Read more on Halakki tribe here (http://www.kamat.com/kalranga/people/halakki.htm).
October 12th, 2009, 01:06 PM
Karnataka's IT/BT secretary Ashok Kumar C Manoli says the companies are bringing technology and financial empowerment to rural youth. '' The idea is to create a rural BPO cluster , which can be integrated with similar projects across the country,'' he says. '' We want to promote jobs for rural youth who have some computer knowledge and belong to small towns with a one lakh population. To start with, each of these centres will have 100 seats,'' he adds.
It is the cost of business in big cities - exorbitant rentals, steep wages, high attrition - that has many companies looking towards the village. Mpro Solutions is the first to become operational under the Karnataka government's ambitious rural BPO scheme. The state plans to set up a hundred such units to create one lakh jobs in the next four years. A few weeks ago another centre was opened at Gundlupet, while two centres are being readied in Salgame and Shiggaon in Karnataka. Also in the pipeline are eight more in Sirsi, Huliyur, Chikbalapur, Hosadurga, Pavagada, Mundargi and Devadurg in rural Karnataka.
The state is rolling out the red carpet for those adventurous enough to go rural. It's offering financial incentives of up to Rs 20 lakh and a per employee training incentive of Rs 10,000. Manoli says the response from entrepreneurs has been overwhelming. Infosys and Wipro, too, have shown interest.
Bangalore-based BPO company RuralShores, which already has a centre in Bagepalli, is in the process of entering rural areas in Tamil Nadu and Bihar. Xchanging, which acquired Cambridge Solutions, and Hinduja Global Solutions too are venturing into semi-urban places like Shimoga in Karnataka and Durgapur in West Bengal.
Other southern states too are developing business models to encourage private players to venture beyond the cities. Tamil Nadu already has rural BPO units and is planning another 100 rural units in the next few years.
Kerala is looking at a hub-and-spoke model. The government aims to set up 100 rural BPOs at the panchayat and district level in 14 districts over the next three years. The first rural BPOs have already come up in Perinad and Kadakkal in Kollam district.
Sai Seva Business Solutions, a rural BPO unit, was set up in Puttaparthi, a couple of years ago by management students of the Sri Sathya Sai University. HDFC Bank outsources part of its work on data capture and profiling of new accounts to them. Tata Business Support Services has set up a BPO in Mithapur in Gujarat, near the manufacturing unit of Tata Chemicals.
A country-wide rural BPO drive is expected to create employment opportunities for millions of rural Indians, allowing them a share in the country's $12-billion BPO pie.
Read full article on TOI (http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/The-BPOs-are-calling-Bharat-/articleshow/5109296.cms).
Read also earlier post #12 (http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showpost.php?p=42985934&postcount=12).
October 13th, 2009, 06:39 AM
Schools do no have toilets despite appointment of Nirmala committees
Potholes to be filled from October 20 to November-end
Illegal BPL card holders asked to surrender cards or face action
HASSAN: Hassan district has achieved cent per cent target in social forestry undertaken as one of the schemes under the National Rural Employment Guarantee Act, Deputy Conservator for Forests (Social Forestry) Balachandra announced at the review meeting of the Karnataka Development Programme here on Monday.
Child Development Programme Officer Shivaswamy reported that under the Pushti Yojana, four nutrition food units had been established in Holenarsipura, Arkalgud, Sakleshpur and Belur. Ms. Raju directed the officer to test the quality of the food produced in these units.
Hassan: ZP CEO: MGREGA open to physically challenged (http://www.hindu.com/2009/10/26/stories/2009102653330300.htm)
Source: The Hindu (http://www.hindu.com/2009/10/13/stories/2009101351270300.htm)
October 13th, 2009, 05:59 PM
Moodubelle, 13 October 2009: It is heartening to know that modern technology, especially computers have made their foray even at the basic level of administration such as village panchayats. The Government of Karnataka Rural Development and Panchayat Raj Department has made available Pancha Tantra Panchayatha online system, a software developed by the National Institute of Informatics Centre (NIC) Bangalore to most of the village panchayats in Karnataka including the Belle Grama Panchayat. It is a project for better delivery of Citizen Services in the village through computerization of the functions of the Grama Panchayats. The Pancha Tantra software enables to computerise practically all aspects of village administration such as accounts, bills, demands, assets, action plans, beneficiary list, etc.
Belle Grama Panchayat’s achievement in the computerization of administrative records has been appreciated by the Udupi Zilla Panchayat and has been considered as a model for other grama panchayats in the neighbouring villages in computerization of administrative records. Miss Jyothi Naik, who has been trained in the data entry, has been doing good work in this field.
For full news and more pictures visit Bellevision (http://www.bellevision.com/indexdetail.asp?lupd=899)
October 14th, 2009, 06:03 AM
BANGALORE: At initial estimate, the Department of Rural Development and Panchayat Raj alone has suffered losses to the tune of Rs 1,080 crore in the 15 floodaffected districts of north Karnataka.
About 19,952 km of Gram Panchayat and Zilla Panchayat roads have been damaged.
Minister for Rural Development and Panchayat Raj Shobha Karandlaje on Tuesday said that the report on the estimate has been sent to the Centre.
Work on restoring drinking water supply and establishing road connectivity are top priorities. In all 2,869 gram panchayats' areas have suffered extensive damage, she said.
As many as 1,738 drinking water supply projects are in need of repair, while another 1,350 irrigation water supply schemes have been affected.
The repair of the said GP and ZP roads require about Rs 575 crore. Another Rs 188 crore is required for the repair of bridges and mud roads.
Noting that the hitherto mud roads will be metalled, the minister said that the scope for permanent solutions will be explored wherever possible.
Electricity supply is affected in 137 villages in Raichur district. As many as 870 transformers have been damaged. In the immediate case Rs 2 lakh has been released to each GP in these districts for fogging and other public health measures, the minister said.
An appeal to relax rules under the National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme has been made to the Central government.
Inclusion of the coolie component in construction of houses and removal of silt in the flood-affected areas are the major proposals, Minister for Rural Development Shobha Karandlaje said.
The Centre’s NREGS budget for Karnataka this year is Rs 1,038 crore, while the state intends to request at least Rs 2,000 crore, she said.
A meeting on NREGS is scheduled in Delhi on October 15. Issues related to flood damage and employment are expected to be addressed in the meeting, the minister said.
Source: EB (http://www.expressbuzz.com/edition/story.aspx?Title=Rural+department+suffers+loss+of+Rs+1,080+crore&artid=lW%7CXuNWZqn8=&SectionID=Qz/kHVp9tEs=&MainSectionID=wIcBMLGbUJI=&SectionName=UOaHCPTTmuP3XGzZRCAUTQ==&SEO=)
October 14th, 2009, 07:05 PM
CISCO has shown interest in building a model village at cost of rupees 50 crores in flood affected northern Karnataka. Similarly Infosys and Wipro have agreed to construct houses for flood affected villagers.
Source: Udayavani (http://www.udayavani.com/epaper/PDFList.aspx?Pg=H&Edn=MN&DispDate=10/14/2009) page 8.
Rs 2500 crore released for flood relief (http://news.google.com/news/search?pz=1&cf=all&ned=in&hl=en&as_scoring=n&as_maxm=10&q=karnataka&as_qdr=a&as_drrb=q&as_mind=15&as_minm=9&cf=all&as_maxd=15&start=100)
Rs. 2000-cr. taxes to fund flood relief (http://www.hindu.com/2009/10/13/stories/2009101350050100.htm)
Ordinance route to expedite rehab work (http://www.deccanherald.com/content/30488/ordinance-route-expedite-rehab-work.html)
KHB to build model houses in flood-hit areas (http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/mysore/KHB-to-build-model-houses-in-flood-hit-areas/articleshow/5121094.cms)
Infosys, Biocon to build houses for flood-hit in Karnataka (http://www.thaindian.com/newsportal/business/infosys-biocon-to-build-houses-for-flood-hit-in-karnataka_100257992.html)
Dalmia Cement to construct 1000 houses for the flood hit in Karnataka (http://www.equitybulls.com/admin/news2006/news_det.asp?id=61305)
Cooperative sector to construct 1000 houses for flood victims (http://beta.thehindu.com/news/states/karnataka/article33405.ece)
CM asks his MLAs to build 10 houses each (http://www.expressbuzz.com/edition/story.aspx?Title=CM+asks+his+MLAs+to+build+1+houses+each&artid=gIeIlJiTaqY=&SectionID=7GUA38txp3s=&MainSectionID=fyV9T2jIa4A=&SectionName=zkvyRoWGpmWSxZV2TGM5XQ==&SEO=)
RSS to build 5,000 houses in flood-affected areas (http://www.thehindu.com/2009/10/14/stories/2009101451540300.htm)
Mangalore diocese to build 1000 houses-Bishop (http://mangalorean.com/news.php?newstype=broadcast&broadcastid=149500)
Ramachandrapur Math to build 5,000 houses (http://www.hindu.com/2009/10/26/stories/2009102653880500.htm)
Pejawar Math to build houses for flood victims (http://www.hindu.com/2009/10/15/stories/2009101559340300.htm)
PM grants Rs.1,000 crore relief for flood-hit Karnataka (http://www.thaindian.com/newsportal/politics/pm-grants-rs1000-crore-relief-for-flood-hit-karnataka_100258670.html)
Rs 20 cr each to AP, Karna for restoring water supply system (http://www.indianexpress.com/news/rs-20-cr-each-to-ap-karna-for-restoring-water-supply-system/529500/)
People donate over Rs.500 cr for flood-hit in Karnataka (http://in.news.yahoo.com/43/20091007/812/tnl-people-donate-over-rs-500-cr-for-flo.html)
Mine owners in Bellary to build 10,000 houses (http://www.hindu.com/2009/10/17/stories/2009101753690400.htm)
BBMP donates Rs. 50 crore (http://www.hindu.com/2009/11/13/stories/2009111359530300.htm)
Expand and re-orient NREGA (http://beta.thehindu.com/opinion/lead/article33546.ece?homepage=true)
5000 village courts to be set up - Moily ("http://mangalorean.com/news.php?newstype=local&newsid=150150)
October 14th, 2009, 07:29 PM
hail the corporates,the mutts,RSS,Mangalore bishop,the public ,cooperatives,NGO'S and the state govt........:)
October 15th, 2009, 07:12 PM
Most villagers in their grandparents' home of Hunsur Taluk in Karnataka State, grow tobacco and cure the leaves by burning large quantities of wood to fire kilns. With little firewood available, farmers were forced to turn to individuals who were illegally cutting trees from the Nagarhole National Park and Wildlife Sanctuary.
How the two school kids, Adarsha Shivakumar and Apoorva Rangan, are turning the Tobacco fields into Jatropha fields is an interesting story. For more details read insideBayArea (http://www.insidebayarea.com/ci_13552278?source=most_emailed).
Cigaratte and beedi prices may go up if these children succeed. And I wish them all the success.
Govt to impose penalty on extra tobacco cultivation (http://www.ptinews.com/news/340130_Govt-to-impose--penalty-on-extra-tobacco-cultivation)
October 15th, 2009, 08:53 PM
The opium poppy (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Opium_poppy), Papaver somniferum, is grown for opium, opiates, or poppy seed for use in cooking and baking. Poppy seed is considered a highly nutritious food item. Traditionally, the dry opium was considered an astringent, antispasmodic, aphrodisiac, diaphoretic, expectorant, hypnotic, narcotic, and sedative. Poppy has been used against toothaches and coughs. The ability of opium from poppy to serve as an analgesic is well known. Opium and derivatives of opium are used in the pharmaceutical industry as narcotic analgesics, hypnotics, and sedatives. These compounds are also used as antidiarrheals, antispasmodics, and antitussives. India is a major producers of poppy for medicinal purposes and poppy-based drugs, such as morphine or codeine. In Ayurveda, soaked poppy seeds are ground into a fine paste with milk and applied on the skin as a moisturizer. Inspite of all these positive points for poppy seeds poppy plants are known for opium drugs. The State Government has banned the cultivation of poppy as per the provisions of Narcotics Drugs and Psychotropic Act, 1985. However poppy plants are notorius for opium drugs. Many times poppy is grown illegally in many parts of Karnataka - read Illegal poppy cultivation detected (http://www.thehindu.com/2009/01/22/stories/2009012254780500.htm).
One of the very popular poppy seed dish of Karnataka is Gasagase Payasa (http://www.itslife.in/2007/10/gasagase-payasa) or poppy seed pudding.
Poppy seeds are also used as an ingradient of masala for both vegeterian and non-vegeterian curries and sambar.
October 15th, 2009, 09:14 PM
^^ nice one
October 15th, 2009, 09:17 PM
When we talk about dishes of Karnataka we should not forget Chiroti, a sweet dish (a light flaky pastry sprinkled with granulated sugar and soaked in almond milk). Chiroti is a traditionally prepared during festivals and also served at wedding feasts.
Check TOI (http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/life/food/food-reviews/Amrita-Raos-Chiroti/articleshow/5127360.cms) to know who else likes Chiroti and also to learn how to prepare Chiroti.
October 18th, 2009, 10:43 AM
Union Minister of State for Railways K H Muniyappa said in order to implement the groundwater recharge works effectively in the 300 gram panchayats of the Kolar and Chikkaballapur districts, he would seek an amount of Rs 1,500 crore, at Rs 1 crore each to every gram panchayat for over a period of five years, from the Central government.
He was speaking at the meeting of Awareness Committee on Centrally-sponsored Schemes at ZP auditorium in Kolar on Friday. Presiding over the meet he said that Kolar stands first in a list of 100 districts, prepared by Centre, which were facing acute drinking water crisis in the country. One cannot find water even at 1000 meters in the district, he added.
He assured to bring Central Rural Development Minister to district in November even if one groundwater recharge work was implemented successfully in the district. The legislators and officials from different parties and departments must work efficiently to fulfil this, he added.
The groundwater recharge works can also be taken up under NREGs. For this the works must be implemented in selected gram panchayats, Muniyappa said. In order to recharge the groundwater, tanks must be first desilted and check dams must be built to avoid silt formation. Afforestation should be undertaken on hilly and kharab lands in the forest. Only then there are chances of reviving ground water, Muniyappa added.
The hills in Kolar must be lush green, expressed Muniyappa who directed Zilla Panchayat Chief Executive Officer to lead a delegation of district-level officials to Tirupati to undertake a study tour of the hills there which are lush green with plants and trees.
Chandrababu Naidu during his tenure as Chief Minister had implemented scheme based on Israel model in Kuppam for better utilisation of the water. Though Kuppam receives just 10 per cent of the rains received by Kolar, there is no water scarcity in the City, Muniyappa said. The same should be implemented in Kolar, he added.
Muniyappa said that Rs 2.25 crore had been sanctioned under Survajayanti Gram Swaraj Yojana of which Rs 1.65 crore had been utilised. People who are interested in taking up dairy farming and other small business will be encouraged, he added.
Works on providing permanent drinking water supply to 185 villages in Malur taluk commenced in November 2008 and is expected to be completed by 2010.
An amount of Rs 23 crore has been spent of the Rs 44 crore allotted for the project, said Chief Engineer Devaraj.
Source: DHNS (http://www.deccanherald.com/content/30991/minister-promises-get-rs-1500.html)
Somavarpet: TP approves action plan of Rs 1.23 crore (http://www.deccanherald.com/content/30962/tp-approves-action-plan-rs.html)
October 21st, 2009, 07:42 AM
Divya Gandhi and Deepa Kurup
An authorised landfill has turned the quiet village of Mavallipura into a distinctly unpleasant place to live in
Bangalore generates about 4,000 tonnes of garbage a day
‘Mavallipura waste management unit run in an unscientific manner’
Taking no chances: A farmer pulls his cattle away from the water at the Mavallipura lake as residents fear that the water is polluted with toxics from the leachate tank.
BANGALORE: “Would you ever let anything like this come up in your city?” asks Jayamma pointing towards Bangalore’s largest legal municipal waste landfill, located yards away from her village, Mavallipura. It is always the less-privileged who are left to suffer, she believes.
A rancid smell sticks to her hair, flies are everywhere and vector-borne diseases such as chikungunya are on the rise ever since the landfill came up five years ago, says Ms. Jayamma. And a couple of weeks ago, during heavy rain, toxic leachate from the landfill made its way into the only water body here, endangering crops and cattle. In short, this landfill — where 150 truckloads of garbage from the city are dumped every day — has turned the quiet agricultural village of Mavallipura in north Bangalore into a distinctly unpleasant place to live in.
Mavallipura is not the only village to be affected. Similar complaints have been registered from no fewer than eight villages around this landfill including Kurubarahalli, Shivakote, Mayapanahalli and Ramagondanahalli. And ferment is brewing in villages around the two other authorised landfills too — in Mandur and Doddabalapur. Doddabelavangala village not long ago protested against the convoy of 100 garbage trucks that passed through their village every day.
As the city’s garbage generation has mounted to a staggering 4,000 tonnes a day, the Bruhat Bangalore Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) will be creating more landfills to process it — the most recent acquisition being a 150-acre site in Anekal taluk. But will they factor in the problems that villages like Mavallipura have encountered? With the nearest hospital being 7 km away and no check-ups to ascertain or monitor the impact of the landfill on their health; residents have no option but to suffer the health hazards silently.
Meanwhile, rights groups have claimed that the Mavallipura waste management unit, managed by Hyderabad-based infrastructure and waste management company Ramky, is run in a patently “unscientific” manner, contributing to the problems that the villages face. According to the prescribed procedure, garbage is supposed to be transported first to a processing yard where bacteria break down the waste for a month. The semi-decomposed waste is then to be dumped in the landfill. The leachate that drains out is collected in a leachate pond and then treated in a treatment plant. However, at the waste management unit in Mavallipura, BBMP trucks are seen dumping the garbage directly into the landfill. And most crucially, the landfill lacks a treatment plant — an integral part of a scientific waste management unit — to treat the toxic leachate.
Dhanraj Bayanna, a member of the Dalit Sangharsh Samiti, says that despite several complaints to the BBMP, the Pollution Control Board and even the Lokayukta, no enquiry has been conducted. “Now, a week after we were forced to take the extreme step of threatening to close the plant down, they ‘treated’ the water in our tank. Promises of health camps or check-ups have remained on paper,” he points out.
The Mavallipura lake, which is the primary source of water for most families, their cattle and irrigation for their crops, reeks of chemicals and waste, residents claim. Every time it rains, the stench gets stronger and flies swarm the place. Following a series of protests by angry residents, BBMP authorities announced that it would conduct health camps, monitor the quality of water in surrounding lakes and even compensate any losses incurred by residents due to the proximity of the unit. Irate residents point out that these promises are far from being met.
A BBMP official told The Hindu that they plan to conducting health camps in Mavallipura “every 15 days” along with fogging to drive away mosquitoes and spraying on a regular basis. BBMP is in the process of digging four borewells in the area to create more drinking water sources, the official added. Following protests by residents, BBMP Commissoner Bharat Lal Meena had announced that the BBMP also proposed to declare the areas surrounding landfills as “No Development Zones” in order to check pollution of drinking water sources.
The Karnataka State Pollution Control Board has commissioned a report on the state of water bodies and ground water in villages surrounding the unit.
Source: The Hindu (http://www.hindu.com/2009/10/21/stories/2009102159550300.htm)
City imports food items from villages, processes it and then exports back garbage to villages.
October 23rd, 2009, 07:38 AM
Bangalore, Oct 22: An ambitious action plan for implementation of ``Kalam Pura’’ project, named after former President Dr A P J Abdul Kalam, for the comprehensive development of villages in 200 hoblis, at an investment of Rs 2 crore in each village has been approved by the Karnataka cabinet.
Under the project, approved by the BJP government headed by the state cabinet at a meeting chaired by chief minister B S Yeddyurappa on Thursday, .the government would take up works for the total development of villages and carry out improvements relating to drinking water supply, drainage, electricity supply, roads, telecommunication includinding internet facilities with the ultimate objective of transforming each of the village into a hub of economic activity.
In coastal areas, the villages would also have a jetty for the benefit of fishermen.
Briefing the press after the cabinet meeting, home minister Dr V S Acharya said the chief minister has set a three-month deadline for preparing a time-bound programme for implementing Kalam Pura project.
It may be recalled that Dr Kalam, while addressing a joint session of both houses of the state legislature in 2005 when he was President, to mark the golden jubilee of Karnataka’s formation, had proposed implementation of the ``PURA’’ (Providing Urban Infrstructure in Rural Areas) programme.
The then JD(S)-BJP coalition regime headed by H D Kumaraswamy had subsequently unveiled the ``Suvarna Gramodaya’’ programme as part of the intiatiive to implement Pura by proposing to invest Rs 1 crore in each in 1000 villages.
The Yeddyurappa regime has now chosen to rechristen the programme as ``Kalam Pura’’ to signify the government’s total commitment for the comprehensive development of villages.
"We intend to invest more than the original proposal of investing Rs 1 crore in each of the villages. The the total outlay on each of the select villages may go up to Rs 3 crore. Our intention is to transform the villages and eliminate the necessity of rural people to migrate to urban areas,’’ he said.
Source: Daijiworld (http://www.daijiworld.com/news/news_disp.asp?n_id=67274)
Karnataka to prepare report for implementing ‘Kalam Pura' project (http://mangalorean.com/news.php?newstype=broadcast&broadcastid=151518)
10,000 km of rural roads to be developed in State (http://www.hindu.com/2009/10/23/stories/2009102353980400.htm)
The State Cabinet, which met here on Thursday, approved the development of 10,000 km of rural roads with funds largely drawn from the Union Government’s Prime Minister’s Gram Sadak Yojana (PMGSY).
Jala Nirmala scheme in eleven districts (http://www.deccanherald.com/content/31918/jala-nirmala-scheme-eleven-districts.html)
Karna to prepare report for implementing 'Kalam pura' project (http://www.indopia.in/India-usa-uk-news/latest-news/688829/National/1/20/1)
The selected villages will also get solar energy, drinking water and drainage facilities.
If all green concepts like rain harvesting, waste water treatment, biogas plant, etc are incorporated then these villages could be called as "Green Villages" or "Hasiru Halligalu".
October 25th, 2009, 09:03 PM
* Tripartite agreement signed to implement it
* Panel report to be implemented through an Ordinance
* Centre’s contribution will be Rs. 570.52 crore
BANGALORE: The State Government has decided to implement the A. Vaidyanathan Committee report on cooperatives for revival of primary agricultural cooperative societies (PACS) by implementing a Rs. 729.49-crore package.
Minister for Cooperation Laxman S. Savadi told presspersons here on Saturday that the Government had decided to implement the report to make all PACS financially viable.
The State Cabinet on Thursday decided to implement the recommendations of the committee. Since legislature sessions would be held next month, the report would be implemented through an Ordinance. Later, the Government would amend the Karnataka Cooperative Societies’ Act, 2009, to replace the Ordinance, he said.
To implement the Rs. 729.49-crore revival package, the Centre would contribute Rs. 570.52 crore. The State Government and PACS would contribute Rs. 90 crore and Rs. 69.23 crore, respectively. There were 21 district cooperative banks and 4,133 PACS in the State. The State Government, National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development (NABARD) and the Centre signed a tripartite agreement to implement the package on March 25, 2008. The cooperatives whose recovery rate was above 30 per cent as on June 30, 2004, were eligible for funds under the package, the Minister said.
Prof. Vaidyanathan submitted the report to the Centre on February 4, 2005. The Centre formulated the package for PACS in 2006, and Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, Maharashtra, Orissa, Bihar, Gujarat, Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh, and Jammu Kashmir had implemented the committee’s recommendations.
The Centre had released funds to Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu and Maharashtra, Mr. Savadi said.
He said the implementation of the recommendations made by the committee would change the administrative set up of the cooperatives. The Government had no powers to interfere in the administrative and financial matters of the cooperatives. The report was against government nominations to cooperatives and the government’s share capital had been limited to 25 per cent. Under the new system, the cooperatives had powers to fix the rate of interest on deposits and loans. There was no compulsory rule to set aside two per cent of the profits made by the cooperatives for the education fund.
All depositors were eligible to exercise their right to vote in the election to the management committee. Election to the committee should be held within two months after its dissolution. The committee would be dissolved only if the society incurred financial loss for three years in a row, on the charge of misappropriation of funds, and based on the directive of the judiciary or lack of quorum for holding the committee meeting for long, the Minister said.
Source: The Hindu (http://www.hindu.com/2009/10/25/stories/2009102555220400.htm)
October 27th, 2009, 06:59 AM
Rs 28 cr for 66 villages under SGY scheme
KARWAR: The government has released Rs 28 crore to 66 villages under Suvarna Gram Yojana (SGY) in Uttara Kannada district and five villages in this taluk are selected for SGY in Honnavar taluk for the SGY scheme, said Vishweshwar Hegde Kageri, Uttara Kannada district in-charge minister.
While addressing reporters at Kari village in Honnavar taluk after laying the foundation stone of a shopping complex under SGY, he said, there is no dearth of funds in the state for the development projects and called for the better use of funds. He said the incumbent government is working towards developing urban areas, while stress is given to develop the basic infrastructure in the rural areas. He said Rs 40 lakh is released for the areas affected by the flood in Honnavar taluk.
Kageri said that Rs 5 crore has been released to Honnavar town panchayat under the Chief Minister's Special Fund, while another Rs 2 crore has been released under the SFC scheme and Rs 34 lakh under the 12th Financial Scheme. Thus, the Honnavar town panchayat has received sufficient funds for development.
Dinakar Shetty, Kumta MLA said that the SGY was the first scheme implemented by the Kumaraswamy-led government and thanked chief minister B S Yeddyurappa for continuing it.
Kageri also laid the foundation stone of a water tank and inaugurated a fish market in Honnavar.
State lags behind in utilisation of MGREGA funds (http://www.hindu.com/2009/10/27/stories/2009102752700400.htm)
October 27th, 2009, 07:21 AM
‘State to get Rs 2,000 cr under NREGS’
GULBARGA: "The Central government will release Rs 2,000 crore to the state under the National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme (NREGS)," Minister for Rural Development and Panchayat Raj Shobha Karandajle said at Mandeval village of Jewargi taluk on Sunday.
The Minister, who inspected the NREGS works, said that earlier the Centre had allocated Rs 1,038 crore for the state. ''Considering the request to release more funds under NREGS, the Union government had decided to revise it to Rs 2,000 crore. The Centre has also assured of releasing more money to the state, if needed,'' she added.
‘Rs 730 cr spent in state under NREGS in last five months’ The Minister said that Rs 730 crore had been spent in the last five months under NREGS in the state. ''In Gulbarga district, Rs 130.7 crore has been spent. The government will ensure that all districts make complete use of NREGS,'' she added.
The state government had urged the Centre to allow the payment of labourers for the construction of the houses in the state under NREGS, as most houses were damaged in the floods.
October 27th, 2009, 07:32 AM
GULBARGA: The Mahatma Gandhi Rural Employment Guarantee Act (MGREGA) has come as a blessing for Krishna Bhagya Jala Nigam Ltd. (KBJNL), which is removing silt from canals and distributaries in the command area of the Upper Krishna Project. Work on clearing up unwanted vegetation on ayacut roads under the project will also be undertaken.
KBJNL has alone utilised Rs. 35 crore out of the Rs. 132.05 crore spent so far in Gulbarga district under the MGREGA.
Chief Executive Officer of the zilla panchayat V. Anbukumar, who monitors the overall implementation of the MGREGA in the district, told The Hindu that KBJNL was the only agency that had made full use of funds available under the programme. He said it had ensured that people were given employment as well as minor faults in the canals were repaired.
He said KBJNL had started silt removal from canals and distributaries in the command areas of the project in Surpur, Yadgir, Shahapur, and Jewargi taluks of the district. The KBJNL authorities had acknowledged that clearance of unwanted vegetation and silt removal had helped them ensure water supply to tail-end farmers of the project for the first time.
However, Karnataka Neeravari Nigam Ltd. (KNNL) was far behind in terms of fund utilisation under the job scheme. He said the Irrigation Department officials, however, had used MGREGA funds for silt removal and repair of the Lower Mullamari Medium Project canal system, apart from other minor work.
Mr. Anbukumar said Gulbarga district now stood first in the State in terms of fund utilisation under the MGREGA. On an average, more than Rs. 1 crore was being spent every day under the Act in the district, he added.
Other departments that have made full use of MGREGA funds in the district are the Watershed Development Department and the Zilla Panchayat Engineering Division. These two agencies had taken up construction of several check-dams, ponds and village roads. Several flood-protection walls have been built in flood-prone areas. The MGREGA funds have also been used for levelling of sports grounds at government schools in rural areas, and for large-scale planting of saplings. Funds under the programme were also being used to develop horticulture in the district, he added.
Source: The Hindu (http://www.hindu.com/2009/10/27/stories/2009102750190300.htm)
October 31st, 2009, 06:49 AM
* The stretch is from Karnataka’s border in Aurad taluk to Ravankolla Cross in the neighbouring State
* The road will make travelling between Chondimukhed village and Chikli (U) easy
* The project is taken up under the Pradhan Mantri Gram Sadak Yojana
Read more on The Hindu (http://www.hindu.com/2009/10/31/stories/2009103156300300.htm).
November 1st, 2009, 06:08 AM
* It has come up with four tentative designs
* Each house is likely to cost about Rs. 1 lakh
Bangalore: The Karnataka Rajya Nirmana Kendra (KARNIK), an agency of the State created in 1991 for promoting cost-effective quality technologies in constructions and developing replicable housing infrastructure models, has now come in handy to the Government to design the houses to be built for the families affected by floods.
KARNIK, in association with the Task Force on Quality Constructions, has come up with four tentative designs of the houses to be built as part of the rehabilitation scheme.
The plinth area of all the houses will remain as 250 sq. ft to be built on 1,500 sq. ft area of land. Each unit will comprise a veranda, a living room, a kitchen, a bedroom and a bathroom under a common roof, a toilet would be built at a corner of the site, as people in villages prefer toilets not attached to the house.
Also, the design will make necessary provisions for expansion of the houses on the rear and the sides.
However, the design is unlikely to have provision for building upper floor in future as it would escalate the cost of each unit with change of design in the foundation to support more weight. The roof of the each unit would be designed to bear stacks of agricultural waste.
Though the proposed design would cost a little over Rs. 1 lakh for each house, the officials feel that cost of construction should be around Rs. 1 lakh when taken up on mass construction basis.
Source: The Hindu (http://www.hindu.com/2009/11/01/stories/2009110154600400.htm)
November 1st, 2009, 06:19 AM
The National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development (NABARD) has sanctioned Rs 310.28 crore as loan assistance to the State for building rural infrastructure projects.
According to a press release, funds collected can be utilised for construction of roads and bridges, minor irrigation structures, PU and first grade colleges, ITI Buildings, rural godown and giving a boost to sericulture in various districts of the State. These projects have been sanctioned under the Rural Infrastructure Development Fund (RIDF) - XV. The 67 rural roads and bridge projects of 858.31 km length will benefit 671 villages in 25 districts.
Further, 337 minor irrigation projects spread over the State including distress and flood-affected districts will provide irrigation to 15,202 hectares. Assistance for infrastructure development in 27 first grade colleges, two ITI buildings and construction of 584 new classrooms in 272 Government PU colleges will result in additional intake of about 15,300 students, the release stated.
Source: DHNS (http://www.deccanherald.com/content/33546/nabard-sanctions-rs-310-cr.html)
November 2nd, 2009, 07:59 AM
Sharanavva Nuchchi, an 88-year-old grandmother sitting on a charpoy in front of a badly damaged mud-house playing with her two-year-old grandson at Shirabadagi in Badami taluk in the district has found a silver lining.
Her village will be shifted completely to a safer place and she will get a new home, where the deadly floods of Malaprabha cannot reach.
Like Sharanavva, residents of several other villages situated on the banks of Malaprabha, Krishna and Ghataprabha rivers and have been facing the threat of flood every year are a happy lot now. They will be relocated to a safer place and the work will commence with Union Home Minister P Chidambaram performing Bhoomi Pooja on Monday.
The Karnataka government in collaboration with mutts, industrialists and philanthropists has decided to shift 65 villages, frequently prone to flood havoc in the district.
Some of them will be shifted partially and some other completely. As many as twenty-five villages will be shifted in the first phase.
One village in Bagalkot taluk, 13 in Badami, three in Hungund, four in Mudhol and two each in Jamkhandi and Bilagi taluk will be moved to the new locations.
Work on war footing
The district administration is working on a war footing to acquire around 500 acre of land needed to construct 5,050 houses in the first phase. The process of taking over land in eight villages has been completed and the process of buying land and registration in other villages is going on a fast track. The officials said that the State government has plans to build a total of 16,000 houses in one of the worst affected districts in the recent flood. Construction of shelters with the help of donors will begin as soon as the land is acquired, they added.
The district administration is using the National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme (NREGS) to provide basic amenities and create infrastructure facilities in the flood-hit areas.
This has given a momentum to the rehabilitation process.
Bhoomi pooja today
Union Home Minister P Chidambaram will perform Bhoomi Pooja for ‘Asare,’ an ambitious housing project taken up by the Government in partnership with the private parties to provide a permanent solution to the flood-hit people, at Shirbadagi in Badami taluk on November 2 at 10 am.
Chief Minister B S Yeddyurappa will inaugurate the function and Badami legislator M K Pattanshetty will preside over the programme.
Source: DHNS (http://www.deccanherald.com/content/33716/chidambaram-launch-works-asare-houses.html)
Probably all are happy to shift but there may be a few people still feelings attached their ancestral home.
November 3rd, 2009, 11:25 AM
Chikmagalur taluk tops in the implementation of National Rural Employment Guarantee scheme, said Taluk Panchayat President D J Suresh.
Speaking to presspersons, he said special unit project, tribal scheme, 12 finance scheme, rural road connectivity action plan has been approved. All the projects will be completed by December end.
He said under housing scheme, 2,694 houses have been sanctioned to Chikmagalur taluk.
The list of 46 names of beneficiaries have been sent to Housing Corporation.
The work on repairing panchayat building has been commenced. Seating arrangement will be provided in the panchayat. With the available grants in Taluk Panchayat, new computers will be purchased.
Under Swarna Jayanthi Swarojgar scheme, two stalls will be constructed at an estimated cost of Rs 5 lakh, to provide marketing facilities to the products produced by Sthree Shakthi Sangha.
Suresh said under Grama Swaraj scheme, saudha will be constructed at an estimated cost of Rs 37 lakh in the taluk panchayat premises. Government has already earmarked Rs 25 lakh for the purpose. Remaining 12 lakh has been earmarked by the taluk panchayat.
He lamented that in this era of computer, taluk panchayat was not given technical staff so far.
Rs 18 crore grant
He said under National Rural Employment Guarantee scheme, Chikmagalur has the target of completing works worth Rs 18 crore. Rs 8 crore has been spent so far, said Zilla Panchayat CEO Ramanna.
Speaking to Deccan Herald, he said the implementation of the project is slow in Malnad region. Officials have been directed to speed up the work. About 1,11,000 have been registered under NREGS in the district. Job cards have been distributed to 10,500 in Chikmagalur.
Source: DHNS (http://www.deccanherald.com/content/33863/chikmagalur-tops-implementation-nreg-scheme.html)
Money spending wise Gulbarga is leading in MGREGA implementation? But, Gulbarga has more population than many districts.
November 3rd, 2009, 11:41 AM
^^Krishnamoorthy Gulbarga has no other go...... It is the most backward district of karnataka after bidar
With dharam singh as CM from this place nothing great happened with only few govt institutions being established like the police training institute....Now kharge at the centre being the labour minister has obviously done his best to ensure grants for gulbarga....only time will change this backward district...with an airport in the offing and few cement companies footing into the district...........and this region is envisaged to be the cement corridor by the state govt...lets wait for the time to make this district fortunate
November 3rd, 2009, 11:42 AM
if u see chikmangalur is represented by veerappa moily and gulbarga by kharge both union ministers............
November 3rd, 2009, 02:08 PM
The National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development (NABARD) has sanctioned a loan of Rs 310.28 crore to the Karnataka Government for building rural infrastructure projects under the Rural Infrastructure Development Fund (RIDF).
The fund is likely to be used for construction of 67 rural roads and bridges (858.31 km), minor irrigation structures, buildings of pre-university and first grade colleges, industrial training institutes, rural godowns and sericulture in various districts.
Of the total, Rs 98.57 crore has been sanctioned for rural roads and bridge projects, Rs 123.52 crore for minor irrigation projects, Rs 4.75 crore for sericulture units, Rs 10.97 crore for construction of rural godowns and Rs 27.77 crore for infrastructure development of first grade colleges, Rs 4.42 crore for ITI buildings and Rs 40.27 crore for construction of new class rooms in government pre-university colleges.
November 3rd, 2009, 07:20 PM
New Delhi: North Karnataka is still reeling under the after-effects of the worst floods of the century but far away from the scenes of devastation, Karnataka's modern day Neros are enjoying five star comforts at the luxury hotels in far away Hyderabad and Goa.
The BJP MLAs loyal to the mining baron Reddy brothers of Bellary who have deserted their people in their hour of need, have a single point agenda: how to unseat chief minister B S Yeddyurappa.
A BJP MLA at a hotel in Hyderabad said, "We are 57 MLAs, some of them are here, rest of them are in Goa and Indore."
The Reddy brothers, who are busy negotiating their power deals with the BJP leadership in Delhi, seem unfazed by criticism that they should be involved in flood relief work instead.
G Karunakara Reddy, Revenue Minister said, "Officials are doing their job. MLAs don't need to be there. "
CNN-IBN has learnt that of a total of 60 MLAs in the Reddy camp, over 30 are from the flood hit districts. The only leader still touring the flood affected areas is ironically chief minister B S Yeddyurappa.
Chief Minister B S Yeddyurappa said, If these MLAs don’t return, I will go to their constituencies and ask people to decide their fate.
The contrast between suffering people and power hungry MLAs has only angered civil society in Karnataka.
Eminent Writer Dr U R Ananthamurthy said, "Politicians going to resorts and camp there, this the most shameful chapter in Karnataka.
With elections in Karnataka more than three years away, it may be some while yet before the suffering masses can take their revenge on the politicians who have betrayed their trust.
Source: IBNLive (http://ibnlive.in.com/news/karnataka-mlas-desert-floodhit-masses-enjoy-outing/104507-37.html?from=tn)
Tax on ore lorries to stay (http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/hubli/Tax-on-ore-lorries-to-stay/articleshow/5193572.cms)
BELLARY: Chief minister B S Yeddyurappa on Tuesday ruled out revoking the orders on imposing tax on iron ore-laden trucks.
Speaking to reporters on Tuesday he said: "It is the high command which decides who should be inducted into the cabinet (referring to Jagadeesh Shettar). Some people have created problem in this regard."
Speaking on flood-relief work, the CM said Union home minister P Chidambaram has promised to release more funds for relief work.
"Through the public, we have collected over 1,500 crore, which would be used judiciously for the construction of houses and townships. In all, five lakh houses will be constructed, of which one lakh will be built in the relocated villages. We will relocate 220 villages in the next six months," he added.
November 3rd, 2009, 07:26 PM
good that yeddi is taxing ore laden lorries.........................
November 3rd, 2009, 07:33 PM
CM in Dharwad on Wednesday
TNN 3 November 2009, 09:58pm IST
DHARWAD: Chief minister B S Yeddyurappa will lay the foundation stone for construction of new houses for the residents of flood-hit Arahatti and
Gudisagar villages in Navalgund taluk of Dharwad district at the new site on Wednesday at 3 pm.
The houses at Arahatti are being built in collaboration with SDM Gram Abhivruddhi Yojana, while those in Gudisagar will have assistance from a private TV channel. The government has acquired 25 acres of land for shifting entire Arahatti village, where 269 houses will be constructed. In Gudisagar, 200 houses will come up on 20 acres. DC Darpan Jain said the work will be completed at the earliest.
November 5th, 2009, 07:42 PM
BANGALORE: It has been three years since the ‘Forest dwellers Act-2006’ was passed to protect the state’s tribals, but the original inhabitants of Karnataka’s vast forest reserves are still denied their basic rights, as the act is still to be implemented.
“Around 15,000 applications of the tribals are pending before the state forest department,” said Secretary of Environment and Forest, M H Swaminath.
He said that under the Forest right Act, the tribals are entitled to live in and around the forest area as long as they can prove that they have been living in the forest for the past three generations. Swaminathan said “Through these pattas they become the owners of the land, but they would have no rights to sell it.” He said that under the act, the tribals are allowed a maximum of 4 hectares of land, but that land which comes under the wildlife area would be an exception to this provision.While accepting that the rights of the tribals have long been denied, Swaminathan said, “There have been many reasons for that. Since the process has to go through various stages, it takes time.” “We have set up forest rights committees and sub division committees to speed up the process. We have also involved the local gram panchayats in this regard,” he added Swaminathan said that the Environment and Forest Ministry is coordinating the implementation of the act with the Tribal and Social Welfare department, which is its partner agency.
Source: EB (http://www.expressbuzz.com/edition/story.aspx?Title=Act+to+protect+K%E2%80%99taka+tribals+gathering+dust&artid=ZXYkB3xWzRw=&SectionID=Qz/kHVp9tEs=&MainSectionID=Qz/kHVp9tEs=&SEO=&SectionName=UOaHCPTTmuP3XGzZRCAUTQ==)
November 7th, 2009, 06:08 AM
MYSORE: U.R. Rao, Chairman, Physical Research Laboratory Governing Council, Department of Space, Government of India, on Friday said a new evergreen revolution, based on sustainable development practices and application of knowledge-based third wave Information and Communication Technology revolution, for agriculture is the only practical way to ensure food security in the coming decades.
“This would demand adoption of bio-technological advances like site-specific manipulation of foodgrain genome, high-yielding cultivars, integrated pest management strategy, extensive application of space technology for monitoring and management of soil, water, crop growth and precision farming methods using space-based geographic information systems,” said Prof. Rao.
Addressing the students during the Graduates’ Day of the JSS College of Arts, Commerce and Science here, Prof. Rao, disclosed that the Department of Space has set up over 400 Village Resource Centres (VRCs) networked to well-equipped knowledge centres from where rural people could obtain all necessary assistance and information, even on agriculture. “I have confidence that with the help of science and technology, the problems of food, economy, energy and environmental security of the country could be successfully tackled, provided we improve our administration and weed out corruption,” he said.
Prof. Rao, who heads the Karnataka Science and Technology Academy, felt the greatest challenge before us would be to provide basic food, health, economic, energy and environmental security on a sustainable basis to all peoples to enable them to achieve a minimum acceptable quality of life.
Source: The Hindu (http://www.hindu.com/2009/11/07/stories/2009110755290300.htm)
400 Village Resource Centres (VRCs) all over India?
November 7th, 2009, 06:27 PM
Source: DHNS (http://www.deccanherald.com/content/33716/chidambaram-launch-works-asare-houses.html)
Probably all are happy to shift but there may be a few people still feelings attached their ancestral home.
Krishnamoorthy have you watched that national film award winning movie "DWEEPA" :)
November 7th, 2009, 06:50 PM
^^ Isn't it the one based on Dr. Shivaram Karanth's novel? A 'nalike' family (dancer of spiritual worship), dam construction, flood, ...
November 7th, 2009, 07:02 PM
Let me just put some clues...
Soundarya has acted in it,Its about a family living in a forest and yes the state govt planned to construct a Dam..... there was one old man who opposed it,in the due course the place experiences heavy rains....and the old man was reluctant to leave his place.....etc etc...hope you got it? its directed by a kannada actress who has done a phd in displaced people something like that
November 7th, 2009, 07:37 PM
OK Akash. I got it. Now, let us move to a real story. The story of a fruit seller who gave everything to build a school of his dream.
Harekala Hajabba’s Generous Donation Helps Build School Playground (http://www.daijiworld.com/news/news_disp.asp?n_id=67936)
Mangalore, Nov 7: A playground constructed at New Padpu School near Harekala, with money awarded to Harekala Hajabba, fruit seller and philanthropist, was inaugurated on Friday November 6 by Member of Parliament (MP) Nalin Kumar Kateel.
The playground was constructed by Hajabba with money awarded to him by CNBC-TV 18 (CNN-IBN).
Hajabba had received Rs 5 lac as part of their ‘Real Heroes’ award and was felicitated by CNBC-TV 18 for his achievement in constructing a school despite being illiterate and working as a fruit-seller. The playground cost Rs 7 lac.
Hajabba, a recipient of several awards, has always donated the money he has received. He is also a recipient of ‘Kannada Prabha Award’, which consisted of Rs 1 lac. He is now called ‘Akshara Santha’ (Saint of Letters).
The school started by Hajabba has now grown into a high school where nearly 400 students of the area study.
Hajabba sells oranges and only earns a maximum of Rs 60-70 per day. He said that he now has many similar dreams but money is required for these.
“I am hopeful that these dreams will come true with the help of philanthropists and the government”, he said.
Hajabba said that it was his dream to construct a playground for the high school.
“The award money helped me purchase land and take up the work. Several philanthropists helped by donating for this work”, he added.
Hajabba added that he is using his award money for developmental activities at the school.
Zilla panchayat president Santhosh Kumar Bhandary, MLA U T Khader, zilla panchayat chief executive officer Shivashankar, and Jaycees national trainer Manjunath were present.
Read more on Hajabba on mangalorelink (http://www.mangalorelink.com/matv/more/mangalore/hajabba-a-fruit-vendor-on-mission-education).
November 8th, 2009, 06:26 AM
PUTTUR: A device to climb arecanut palms for spraying and harvesting is likely to hit the market by January.
A common grouse among arecanut growers is the acute shortage of workers to climb the palms for spraying and harvesting.
The growers have to spray bordeaux mixture twice or thrice during monsoon to check “kole roga” (fruit rot disease). However, even workers find it difficult to climb the palms during the rainy season as they become wet and slippery.
According to K. Vishwanath Kuntuvalli, an inventor near Tirthahalli, such a device would be a reality soon. Mr. Kuntuvalli, a diploma holder in mechanical engineering and arecanut grower, told The Hindu that the device developed by him could be controlled from the ground and it could climb arecanut palms.
It could spray the bordeaux mixture in a radius of 10 to 15 metres from atop the palm and harvest arecanut. “The device can be controlled from a distance of 100 metres, he said.
“I will demonstrate the device in January before launching it,” he said.
Mr. Kuntuvalli has sold 700 arecanut husking machines to growers. “I have indents for 1,000 machines,” he said.
He was here to participate in the three-day “Areca machinery fair” organised by the Arecanut Development and Research Foundation, which concluded on Sunday.
Twenty-two husking machines, six sprayers and a polisher were among the items displayed at the fair. The price of husking machines ranges between Rs. 4,500 and Rs. 1.2 lakh.
Source: The Hindu (http://www.hindu.com/2009/11/08/stories/2009110850970500.htm)
Even there is acute shortage of workers for harvesting coconuts.
November 9th, 2009, 06:37 AM
For rain data: The meteorological station of the Department of Water Resources in Mysore.
MYSORE: Karnataka’s eight-year “mission” to measure rainfall on real time basis will be accomplished in the next two months when hi-tech telemetric rain gauges are installed in 607 hoblis in the State to access information in just 15 minutes.
The Drought Monitoring Cell (DMC) of the Karnataka State Natural Disaster Monitoring Centre (KSNDMC), a registered society of the State Government, is on the verge of completing the ambitious project of installing telemetric rain gauges in hobli headquarters. Rain gauges have been installed in 607 hoblis and they will be installed in the remaining 140 hoblis in two months.
Once the installation of gauges is completed, Karnataka will become one of the few States in the country to implement the state-of-the-art system of measuring rainfall on real time basis.
The cell, which has designed the gauges, has also installed them in 100 gram panchayats on a pilot basis. Other gram panchayats may be covered in a phased manner.
Telemetric rain gauges help in studying the rainfall pattern in different areas and caution farmers in case of calamities such as floods and drought in advance.
The master control room at KSNDMC in Bangalore gets information from the gauges at an interval of 15 minutes. It keeps transmitting the data which is updated and compiled.
The information is later uploaded to the KSNDMC’s website and sent to the offices of deputy commissioners and the Agriculture Department in each districts. Besides, the deputy commissioners, joint directors of agriculture, assistant directors of agriculture and other designated officers in districts get the data through SMS alerts from the control room.
The cell began installing the gauges in December 2007. “We started working on the gauge in 2001. After developing the prototype, we took three years to study its functioning before we went for its installation. Only after we ensured its foolproof operation, we began installing it in December 2007. A committee of experts supervises the project,” DMC Director V.S. Prakash said.
He told The Hindu that the cost of installation and operation of each gauge for five years would be around Rs. 50,000.
Citing the benefits of telemetric rain gauges, Mr. Prakash said the cell was getting rainfall data from 1,000 sq km area of the Linganamakki region once in a week.
“We get data from 17 places in the Linganamakki area in just 15 minutes. Rain data is available in real time for the benefit of various departments,” he added.
Even Raitha Samparka Kendras are updated with real time rainfall information. The Joint Director of Agriculture, Mysore, Vishakanta, said: “The faster and accurate rain data helps us to make preparations for agriculture. Instead of waiting for manual rain data a day after the place received rain we get factual rain results on real time basis which is beneficial.”
Before the telemetric gauges were introduced, rain data was collected by the Revenue, Public Works and Water Resources departments in the districts. This data was compiled and submitted to the taluk agriculture office which in turn submitted it to the joint director’s office in each district.
Source: The Hindu (http://www.hindu.com/2009/11/09/stories/2009110959680600.htm)
Is this usefull for predicting floods?
November 9th, 2009, 07:02 AM
She said the construction of roads, culverts and providing drinking water in the villages of north Karnataka district was going on in full swing.
She told The Hindu that the zilla panchayats were spending the Calamity Relief Fund of Rs. 200 crore for the purpose.
She said that Rs. 2 lakh each had been released to all the 2,400 village panchayats for cleaning and fogging the flooded areas to prevent the outbreak of any epidemic.
Under the provisions of the CRF, the money released for relief work had to be spent within 35 days, she said.
She said the department had been instructed to utilise the funds within November 10, five days before the deadline.
Ms. Karandlaje said that her department had started forming layouts on the lands in new and safe areas sanctioned by the State Government or purchased for building houses by the department and the private sector. She said that funds under the National Rural Employment Guarantee Act was made available for the payment of wages to those, who were constructing houses.
She said that layouts at Inginal in Bagalkot district and Hukumnal in Bijapur district had been launched and the construction of houses in all these places had started.
The deputy commissioners of the districts had identified the land for the layouts and there would be no delay in providing houses to the affected people.
The Minister said that proposals had been submitted to the Centre for releasing funds to the tune of Rs. 2,120 crore for construction or repair of roads, storm water drains, shifting 209 villages and repairing roads under the Prime Minister’s Gram Sadak Yojana.
Source: The Hindu (http://www.hindu.com/2009/11/08/stories/2009110860600700.htm)
November 10th, 2009, 07:51 AM
Bangalore: The State Government has submitted a Rs. 2,180-crore proposal to the Centre to repair damaged roads and bridges in flood-affected districts of north Karnataka.
Addressing presspersons here on Monday, Minister for Public Works C.M. Udasi said Rs. 1,319 crore would be required to repair rural and district roads and Rs. 203 crore for national highways, and Rs. 658 crore to take up work on bridges. The Centre had not shown any positive response to the proposal so far, he added.
Mr. Udasi said the funds now available with deputy commissioners had been used for repairs to bridges and roads.
All damaged roads would be repaired in 18 months. The work would be taken up in consultation with district in-charge Ministers, Mr. Udasi said.
Source: The Hindu (http://www.hindu.com/2009/11/10/stories/2009111057370400.htm)
November 10th, 2009, 07:55 AM
BELLARY: Minister for Revenue G. Karunakara Reddy has said that work on rehabilitating the people who were displaced during the recent floods would be completed in a year.
Speaking to presspersons here on Monday, Mr. Reddy said that 270 villages had to be shifted – 133 fully and 137 partially. Officials in the departments concerned had been asked to send proposals, with details of the land and funds required. The proposals would be cleared at the earliest, he said.
“We want to show that the rehabilitation process, including the shifting of villages and construction of new houses, can be completed in a year,” he added.
Source: The Hindu (http://www.hindu.com/2009/11/10/stories/2009111052140300.htm)
Dharwad: Flood-hit villages to be relocated in a month (http://www.hindu.com/2009/11/10/stories/2009111052220300.htm)
November 10th, 2009, 12:00 PM
MYSORE: GPs in H.D. Kote taluk can now update information on matters pertaining to the Mahatma Gandhi Rural Employment Guarantee Act (MGREGA) on a daily basis.
Hampapura, Beechanahalli and Antharasanthe GPs are uploading information such as work status report, job status, expenditure on works and allowances on the project’s website: http://nrega.nic.in on a daily basis. Thanks to the introduction of computers and the Internet in villages coming under these GPs, data pertaining to MGREGA works are available at a click of the mouse.
“Other GPs will soon start uploading MGREGA data online once the operators there get the necessary training,” said H.D. Kote Taluk Panchayat executive officer Prabhuswamy.
Source: The Hindu (http://www.hindu.com/2009/11/10/stories/2009111058840300.htm)
November 10th, 2009, 02:45 PM
Union Law Minister Veerappa Moily said that emphasis should be laid to inter-linking at least two tanks in every gram panchayat under NREGS scheme.
He was speaking at the meeting of the district-level officials at Zilla Panchayat auditorium in Chikkaballapur on Monday. The inter-linking of the tanks would improve the conditions of the farmers in those regions in future days.
Moily said that the existing NREGS Act provision of providing work to a single person in the family per day should be relaxed and 2 to 3 members of the family should be given employment. The employment which is provided for 100 days should be extended to 200 days, he added.
Moily said that funds were not a problem under NREGS if the developmental works were carried on efficiently.
Some banks are refusing to provide zero balance savings account to the beneficiaries of the NREGS, expressed Moily who said that he would take up the issue with RBI and directions would be sent to those banks refusing to provide the facility.
The Chikkaballapur district stands fourth in the implementation of the NREGS works in the State which is commendable, expressed Moily who urged the officials and elected representatives to strive to make it first in the State.
In Chikkaballapur district, Bagepalli taluk stands first in the implementation of the NREGS. If all the MLAs implement the scheme in their respective taluks with dedication, development can be achieved, Moily added.
Moily said that of the Rs 77 crore allotted to the district under NREGS, Rs 34 crore had been spent on the works. Job cards had been given to 1.62 lakh people and a bank account had been opened for them in the district, expressed Moily who said that awareness should be created among public so that more people can avail the benefit.
He ordered the officials to gather information about number of schools in the district. They were also asked to gather information about number of schools which didn’t have a compound and ground of its own.
Moily said that he would personally supervise the construction of compound walls and creation of grounds for such schools.
Many district-level officials said spoke of the misuse of the housing facility being provided to poor people and political interference in implementation of the scheme. The officials added that unilateral decisions were being taken and houses were allotted to people who already had one. The poor and eligible are being deprived of the benefit, they added.
Source: DHNS (http://www.deccanherald.com/content/35142/inter-link-tanks-nregs.html)
if u see chikmangalur is represented by veerappa moily and gulbarga by kharge both union ministers............
Akash, Moily represents Chikkaballapura.
November 10th, 2009, 03:34 PM
^^ oh thanks for the correction krishnamoorthy.........:)
what is the reason behind naming it as chikmangalur??? is it mangalore's younger brother??? :lol:
November 10th, 2009, 04:07 PM
^^ read 'Origin of name' in http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chikkamagaluru
November 10th, 2009, 07:28 PM
Shamsundar participated in an international progrmme on 'Renewable Energy and Mobility' conference at University Of Kassel, Germany during Sep-Oct last, where he discussed many technology developments in the area of using Smart Grid for remote villages. He explained how the Smart grid project with renewable energy sources could be effectively implemented in remote villages of Karnataka.
This is what he had to say: Integrated Renewable Energy Technology with smart grid options will make use of all the renewable energy sources available locally in a sustainable way. An intelligent system will manage the renewable energy resource available and the energy required optimally.
Intelligent systems for managing smart grids are designed by many organisations like ISET (Institute Of Solar Energy), University Of Kassel, Germany. NIE-CREST in Liaison with ISET, Kassel, Germany proposes to offer smart grid technology for Remote villages of Karnataka.
For more details contact e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org / email@example.com
Source: SOM (http://www.starofmysore.com/main.asp?type=specialnews&item=4294)
SMART GRID: A SMART SOLUTION TO FUTURE POWER CRISES (http://www.starofmysore.com/main.asp?type=specialnews&item=4293)
"Smart Grid stores power generated from all the three sources and supplies it to the consumers (for example, a small village or hamlet) for domestic purposes. The Smart Grid or Hybrid Power Grid is capable of supplying power round the clock (24x7) since it will be functional throughout the year under all sorts of climatic conditions — solar and wind energies will be utilised in the absence of hydel power during summer or wind and hydel energies would be utilised during monsoons and winters when there is scanty sunlight, but more of wind velocity," explained Shamsundar.
One such project will be taken up by CREST as a pilot project at Garwale village in Somwarpet taluk of Kodagu district. It is a remote village located on a hilly region, having ample potential for solar and wind energy and also for a mini-hydel unit, using water from the Medura river, a small stream flowing there.
The village has about a 100 houses spread across a hilly terrain. For the people of Garwale and its neighbouring villages namely Surlabbi, Mutlu and Hammiyala, advent of electricity still remains a dream due to the herculean task of installing electricity lines across the undulating terrain and maintaining them during mon-soons that batter the region relentlessly for four months.
The pilot project, awaiting the State Government's green signal, will initially be taken up at Geejaganda school in Garwale, managed by Bhara- tiya Vidya Bhavan (BVB), Kodagu Kendra.
November 10th, 2009, 08:02 PM
HUBLI: Fresh air is a luxury in most villages in North Karnataka, thanks to the centuries old custom of using open spaces as toilets. But that will
be a thing of the past, at least in the flood-affected villages, once the construction of new houses is over.
Hitherto toilets which never figured in the list of priorities in the housing plans of most villagers in North Karnataka, has been given top priority by the government and NGOs undertaking rehabilitation of the villagers. This is despite a majority of villagers preferring not to use toilets built for the purpose.
Sri Kshetra Dharmasthala Grameenabhivruddi Yojana which has teamed up with the government and a private television channel conducted a random survey to elicit opinions of the villagers about their dream houses in Arahatti and Gudisagara villages in Navalgund.
Much to their astonishment, only a few said they wanted toilets to be a part of their new habitat. Jitendra Kumar of SDM Society said many of the respondents even objected to toilets coming up around their houses saying they are not comfortable with it.
However, SKDGY remains committed to providing toilets in villages. D Veerendra Heggade, Dharmadhikari, Srikshetra Dharmasthala, told the villagers during the foundation stone laying ceremony for the rehabilitation of the two villages in Arahatti recently that toilets will be very much a part of every new house that they will be constructing.
The Dharmadhikari said the villagers wanted Jagali (stone porch), Kottige (cattle pen) and Devaramane (puja room) apart from a hall, a bedroom and a bathroom. But only a few said they wanted a toilet.
Source: TOI (http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/hubli/Toilets-to-be-priority-in-every-flood-hit-village/articleshow/5213289.cms)
Akash, they are objecting about toilets.
Do they wash clothes in lake or river and then drink that water?
November 11th, 2009, 12:25 PM
Belgaum: The Belgaum Zilla Panchayat has decided to complete works worth Rs. 200 crore taken up under the Mahatma Gandhi Rural Employment Guarantee Act (MGREGA) in ten taluks of the district during the current financial year 2009-10.
Read more on The Hindu (http://www.hindu.com/2009/11/11/stories/2009111153020300.htm)
November 11th, 2009, 06:03 PM
Mysore, Nov. 11 (KMC)-Work on the computerisation of all the 32 Gram Panchayats (GP) of H.D. Kote is nearing completion, making it one of the few taluks in Karnataka where software for e-governance is being introduced.
The 'Gram Swaraj' project, funded by the World Bank, installs a new software called Panchatantra, developed by the National Informatics Centre (NIC), said Prabhuswamy, Executive Secretary of H.D. Kote TP.
The taluk, considered as one of the most backward in the State, will soon be on the e-governance map, Prabhuswamy said and added that out of the total 32 GPs, computerisation of 29 GPs has been done.
Under the scheme, each GP will get a grant of Rs. 38 lakh in five years with 85 per cent of it being a free grant and the remaining as a conditional grant.
The software, having double entry facility, was first introduced in Hampapura and Chikkodanahalli GPs. "The software is now being modified to incorporate a few changes, will be reinstalled in the two GPs and later on in other GPs," he said.
"Computer operators have been appointed for all 32 GPs and are being trained in a phased manner," he said adding e-governance concept will come into force after training."
The system is aimed at enforcing transparency in administration, enhancement of civic services and access to records such as birth certificates and tax collection. Vasundhara Devi, Chief Planning Officer of Mysore Zilla Panchayat said that computers for the project had been purchased and 29 GPs were already connected to the internet.
The five-year project, launched to strengthen the three-tier Panchayati Raj system in the State, has been taken up in the most backward GPs, based on the recommendations of Nanjundappa Commission.
The project's objective is to provide potable water, good roads and other civic amenities in villages. Under the scheme, Panchayat members too will be provided training in general administration, financial management, implementation of rural water schemes, educational programmes, revenue mobilisation, environment maintenance, enforce service-oriented schemes and effective public participation.
Source: SOM (http://www.starofmysore.com/main.asp?type=news&item=22469)
Moodubelle, Udupi Panchayat is fully computerized. Which are the other pachayats were computerization is complete or going on? Taluk wise H D kote may be ahead of others?
November 12th, 2009, 07:13 AM
BANGALORE: Our politicians would do well to take a leaf out of the book of some of the state’s scientists and bureaucrats, as far as flood-relief measures go.
While their political masters have been busying themselves with squabbling over power, babus in the government have been thinking smart- they have sought ISRO’s help to ensure better irrigation for farmers incase of a similar flood.
The silt the floods deposited in the canals has been a major headache for the state’s reconstruction drive. The government now wants to image large tracts with ISRO’s satellites to get an idea of the silt deposit in different areas.
CJ Jagadeesha, scientist, Regional Remote Sensing Service Centre(RRSS), ISRO, told Express that the state government wrote to the agency on November 4 seeking their help to take quick bird images.
“We have suggested the idea to process high resolution images taken from our satellites. Four sets of images can be taken, two before and two after the floods.
This will give us an idea on the areas where the siltation has taken place in both the irrigation and natural canals,” he said.
This will not only help in removing the silt but also check officials making false claims that the silt in the irrigation and natural canals have been removed.
“Due to the silt, it is not possible to operate the canals and this results in water wastage as it spills out of the canal. By timely removal of silt the operation of the canals can be smooth and farmers can cultivate their Karif crops without any problems,” Jagadeesha added.
Karnataka will be the first state to make use of this technology for such a purpose. Using this technology is also relatively economical as each image costs only Rs 7,000.
Source: EB (http://www.expressbuzz.com/edition/story.aspx?Title=ISRO%E2%80%99s+satellites+to+help+out+farmers&artid=xf6v1Xo3v3k=&SectionID=Qz/kHVp9tEs=&MainSectionID=wIcBMLGbUJI=&SectionName=UOaHCPTTmuP3XGzZRCAUTQ==&SEO=)
Rs 1,600 crore needed to rebuild schools (http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/bangalore/Rs-1600-crore-needed-to-rebuild-schools/articleshow/5220948.cms)
November 13th, 2009, 07:32 AM
* Rs. 61.50-crore action plan chalked out for panchayat
* Dharwad stands first in blindness control
DHARWAD: Thirteen lakh mandays of employment have been created in Dharwad district this financial year till October-end by spending Rs. 20.50 crore under the National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme (NREGS), said chief executive officer of Dharwad Zilla Panchaayt C. Shikha.
Ms. Shikha was speaking at the review meeting of Karnataka Development Programmes (KDP) at the zilla panchayat auditorium chaired by the zilla panchayat president Savitri Bhagavati here on Wednesday.
She said that during the financial year, an action plan worth Rs. 61.50 crore had been chalked out. Under the scheme, 12,000 works had been taken up under various departments and 87,149 persons of 34,825 families had been provided employment.
She said that Rs. 2.7 crore had been earmarked under NREGS for taking up clearing and repair of sub-canals in areas of Malaprabha Right Bank Canal and asked the officials to takes steps to properly implement the scheme.
She asked them to chalk out action plan for removing silt and repair of minor irrigation canals in Dharwad and Kalaghatagi taluks.
The issue of delay in providing electricity supply to borewells drilled under the “Ganga Kalyan” scheme was discussed at length in the meeting and the meeting resolved to convene a special meeting of officials of SC/ST, Karnataka Minorities’ Development Corporation and Hubli Electricity Supply Company on November 19.
District Health and Family Welfare Officer N.M. Angadi told the meeting that the district stood first in the State in the implementation of blindness control programmes. So far 11,855 persons suffering from cataract had undergone surgery in the district.
Deputy Director of Horticulture Umesh Mirji said that using the NREGS, the land under cultivation for mango had been extended to 2,500 hectares of land and steps had been taken to extend assistance to farmers under the National Horticulture Mission for cultivation of mango and chikku.
Presiding over the meeting of zilla panchayat, Ms. Bhagavati asked the officials of the Education Department to ensure that classes were conducted regularly in rural areas.
Zilla panchayat vice-president S.M. Chikkannavar asked the Hescom officials to publicise the timings of power shutdown in rural areas.
Zilla panchayat secretary R.G. Nayak and Chief Project Officer Koravar participated in the meeting and provided information on their respective departments.
Source: The Hindu (http://www.hindu.com/2009/11/13/stories/2009111351590300.htm)
November 15th, 2009, 06:34 AM
Bangalore: The launch of a software to track girls enrolled under the Bhagyalakshmi Scheme and of the official website of Bal Bhavan marked the Children’s Day celebrations, organised by the Department of Women and Child Development.
The specialised software tracks girls enrolled under the insurance scheme till they turn 18, with an aim to ensure that they complete at least eight years of education and do not get married early. Of the 7 lakh beneficiaries of the insurance scheme, the data on 2.5 lakh has already been entered.
Source: The Hindu (http://www.hindu.com/2009/11/15/stories/2009111559620300.htm)
Wish the scheme all success in both rural and urban Karnataka.
November 15th, 2009, 06:45 AM
Belgaum: Kanaginahal, a village of Gadag taluk, where the first co-operative movement in Asia started over a century ago, will be developed into a model village, said Chief Minister B.S. Yeddyurappa.
The Chief Minister was inaugurating the State-level 56th National Co-operative Week here on Saturday.
Mr. Yeddyurappa said the Government would be paying its richest tributes by developing Kanaginahal into a model village with all infrastructure.
Source: The Hindu (http://www.hindu.com/2009/11/15/stories/2009111553300400.htm)
November 16th, 2009, 07:12 PM
Akash, I could not find any pictures of flood relief works going on except for foundation laying ceremonies and this website:
I wonder whether there is any picture of model house, etc.
November 17th, 2009, 07:44 AM
Minister for Sericulture and Small-scale Industries Venkataravanappa said, 508 houses will be constructed in Pavagada under the Rs 19.98-crore housing project of the Slum Clearance Board.
He said, Gollarahatti will be developed into a model village with all the basic facilities.
Read full news on DHNS (http://www.deccanherald.com/content/36246/508-houses-built-pavagad.html).
Akash, they are objecting about toilets.
Do they wash clothes in lake or river and then drink that water?
Wish some of the corporators put up some laundry shops with washing machines in some of model villages.
November 18th, 2009, 11:36 AM
SHIMOGA: Deputy Commissioner Pankaj Kumar Pandey has appealed to various organisations to join hands to restore the former glory of Shimoga as the green district by taking up large-scale afforestation programmes.
He said that the increasing the green cover through tree plantation was the only solution to contain the ill-effects of the global warming. He said that a proposal to plant nearly 1.2 crore saplings in the district under the Mahatma Gandhi Rural Employment Guarantee Act (MGREGA) would be taken up in association with all government departments, educational institutions and voluntary organisations such as Stree Shakthi groups. Mr. Pandey said that the Bio-Fuel Task Force had come forward to take up the project of growing biofuel plants in association with voluntary organisations in rural and urban areas.
Source: The Hindu (http://www.hindu.com/2009/11/18/stories/2009111853040300.htm)
Chamrajnagar: Implement MGREGA effectively, says MP (http://www.hindu.com/2009/11/18/stories/2009111853060300.htm)
November 19th, 2009, 06:03 AM
Electricity was supplied to Macchalli village of Karwar taluk on Wednesday. Channappa Gowda, Deputy Commissioner, inaugurated a solar light facility in the village.
With cooperation of Deepa Solar Lighting System and the Karwar Taluk Panchayat, the district administration extended the facility to 14 houses. The 14 houses have been given two bulbs each and a streetlight was provided near the school of the village and another light at the temple.
Source: The Hindu (http://www.hindu.com/2009/11/19/stories/2009111951310300.htm)
November 19th, 2009, 06:07 AM
Delayed: Work on setting up temporary shelters in progress in Chicksugur village of Raichur taluk.
Chicksugur (Raichur taluk): Even 45 days after the floods in the district, the displaced families at Chicksugur village in Raichur taluk are still living in pathetic conditions, without out foodgrains and basic facilities. The district administration has not yet been able to complete work on a temporary shelter near the village.
Read more on The Hindu (http://www.hindu.com/2009/11/19/stories/2009111951340300.htm).
After more than a month even temporary shelter is not ready?
November 19th, 2009, 06:14 AM
There are over 1.25 lakh cellphone subscribers in the telecom district
DAVANGERE: The Bharat Sanchar Nigam Ltd. (BSNL) is planning to et up 100 towers in Davangere telecom district by March. With that, the BSNL mobile services would reach all villages and BSNL signal would be strong even indoors, district general manager S. Jyothi Sankar said.
Read more on The Hindu (http://www.hindu.com/2009/11/19/stories/2009111955030300.htm).
All over Karnataka how many villages are yet to be covered by BSNL?
November 19th, 2009, 07:31 PM
Remote village lit up by solar power
TNN 18 November 2009, 09:49pm IST
KARWAR: The Macchalli village of Karwar taluk finally got electricity supply, with Karwar DC Channappa Gowda inaugurating the solar light
facility extended to the village under Rajeev Gandhi Akshaya Urja Yojana (RGAUY) scheme on Wednesday.
The village is about 5 km away from Amadalli village and is located deep in the forest, above the hillock. One has to walk and then climb the steep hill to reach the village.
Every year the district administration used to spend lakhs of rupees on the RGAUY function in Karwar. But this time, the deputy commissioner planned to celebrate it in a different way, by utilizing the amount spent on the function to extend the facility of the solar lamps to the houses and streets in the village.
With the cooperation of the Deepa Solar Lighting Systems and the Karwar taluk panchayat, the district administration was successful in lighting the houses and streets of the village. All the 14 houses in the village were facilitated with two bulbs each, while streetlights were installed near the school and temple.
Speaking at the function, the DC said the celebration of the RGAUY was meaningful, because the village which was deprived of electricity for such a long period after independence, can enjoy now solar power supply. He said the solar power was much more feasible, as it is difficult to lay electricity lines to the remote areas and is economically not viable.
But the solar energy which is becoming popular as an alternative energy can solve the problems and can be used as alternative source to the conventional energy like hydel electricity, he said.
CEO of zilla panchayat V G Turmuri, headquarter assistant T N Narasimhamurty, tahsildar Shivanandmurty, ZP member Sujata Patil, taluk panchayat member Umakant Harikanatra were present during the inauguration.
^^ good job
got to know Rajeev Gandhi Akshaya Urja Yojana (RGAUY) scheme only now.........
November 20th, 2009, 08:48 AM
BANGALORE: The international NGO Greenpeace on Thursday released it’s report “Still Waiting”, which reveals that despite the growth in the power sector, the poor in rural areas continue to be deprived of electricity.
The report highlights that in Karnataka, the power capacity has gone up by 70% between 1999 and 2009. In the same period, energy consumption has gone up by 95% andper capita consumption by 76%.
“The government tries to justify the demand for a larger carbon space to enable development of the poor. However, the centralised grid-based model has not been delivered to our rural population,” said Shankar Sharma, lead author of the report.
It was found that in Bangalore the annual peak power demand was fully met and in Tumkur there was a deficit of 18%. In comparison to the cities, the villages of Anekal, Salgame and Nagarle faced a deficit of 31- 41%, 29-33% and 45-59% respectively. All villages covered in the report had power supply for less than 12 hours.
Source: EB (http://www.expressbuzz.com/edition/story.aspx?Title=Greenpeace+throws+light+on+rural+darkness&artid=yB5qt59shUY=&SectionID=Qz/kHVp9tEs=&MainSectionID=wIcBMLGbUJI=&SectionName=UOaHCPTTmuP3XGzZRCAUTQ==&SEO=)
Rural areas are still energy-less (http://www.dnaindia.com/bangalore/report_rural-areas-are-still-energy-less_1314035)
Akash, people are not interested in investing in other towns except Bangalore because Bangalore gets 24 hours electricity supply. If say, Chikballapur gets 24 hours electricity then people start investing in Chikballapur. Chikballapur is much nearer to airport.
November 20th, 2009, 08:56 AM
BANGALORE: Seva Bharati Trust has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the state government to construct 2371 houses in 16 villages in seven flood-hit districts of North Karnataka .
Seva Bharati Trust coordinator Dinesh Hegde who signed the MoU told reporters that the construction work would start from December 1.
The construction of all the houses is expected to be complete by May 2010.
Chief Minister BS Yeddyurappa who was present on the occasion said that the the relief and rehabilitation works will be intensifiedfrom tomorrow.
The work on relocation of villages will start from first week of December.
Source: EB (http://www.expressbuzz.com/edition/story.aspx?Title=MoU+signed+to+build+2371+houses&artid=RoSDSK6QFa4=&SectionID=Qz/kHVp9tEs=&MainSectionID=wIcBMLGbUJI=&SectionName=UOaHCPTTmuP3XGzZRCAUTQ==&SEO=)
Governor unhappy with relief work (http://www.expressbuzz.com/edition/story.aspx?Title=Governor+unhappy+with+relief+work&artid=xPP8Ll1aUF4=&SectionID=Qz/kHVp9tEs=&MainSectionID=fyV9T2jIa4A=&SectionName=UOaHCPTTmuP3XGzZRCAUTQ==&SEO=University%20of%20Agricultural%20Sciences)
November 20th, 2009, 11:02 AM
Source: EB (http://www.expressbuzz.com/edition/story.aspx?Title=Greenpeace+throws+light+on+rural+darkness&artid=yB5qt59shUY=&SectionID=Qz/kHVp9tEs=&MainSectionID=wIcBMLGbUJI=&SectionName=UOaHCPTTmuP3XGzZRCAUTQ==&SEO=)
Rural areas are still energy-less (http://www.dnaindia.com/bangalore/report_rural-areas-are-still-energy-less_1314035)
Akash, people are not interested in investing in other towns except Bangalore because Bangalore gets 24 hours electricity supply. If say, Chikballapur gets 24 hours electricity then people start investing in Chikballapur. Chikballapur is much nearer to airport.
True its a very bad situation.......... atleast the present govt is looking at other places apart from bangalore region............the worst regime was that of S M Krishna's and good that people taught him a lesson which ended his career in state politics..........
November 21st, 2009, 06:16 AM
MANGALORE: The Dakshina Kannada district unit of the Karnataka Pranta Raitha Sangha (KPRS) on Friday accused officials in the district of deliberately discouraging people from making use of the Mahatma Gandhi Rural Employment Guarantee Act (MGREGA).
S.M. Haridas Bhat, vice-president of the unit, told presspersons here that officials were telling people not to accept any job under the scheme because the wages under it were far lower than what was being offered in the job market. Alleging that the officials were deliberately discouraging people because they had nothing to “gain” from popularising the scheme, he said the wages under the scheme were directly credited into the workers’ bank accounts. The lobby of landowners, who feared that they would have to pay more to get agricultural workers if the scheme was popularised, was spreading false information about the scheme among the people. Mr. Bhat and K. Yadav Shetty, district general secretary of the sangha, said they had taken up the matter with the chief executive officer of the zilla panchayat and hoped that steps would be taken to popularise the scheme all over the district.
Mr. Bhat said the scheme was popular in Belthangady taluk with about 5,000 workers, including 3,000 women, benefiting from the scheme. A farmers’ association had popularised it there through its members, he added.
Mr. Shetty said that thousands of workers engaged in sectors such as beedi making units in the district were still getting wages of Rs. 40 to Rs. 80 a day. Under the MGREGA, many such workers were paid Rs. 82 to Rs. 125 a day. It was possible to ensure that every worker got Rs. 125 a day under this scheme by increasing the task assigned to a worker on a given day. “Even women are getting Rs. 125 a day,” he said pointing out that they would get only half of that amount in the open market. The office-bearers of the association demanded that the wages be increased to Rs. 150 a day and the maximum number of days that the workers were assured of employment under the scheme be increased to 200 a year from 100. Mr. Shetty demanded that below the poverty line (BPL) ration card-holders be given 35 kg of rice a month at Rs. 2 a kg. The governments of Andhra Pradesh and Tamil Nadu had already implemented such a scheme, he said. He urged the Government to announce a support price of Rs. 150 a kg for arecanut. The production cost of arecanut had increased to Rs. 100 a kg in the district whereas the support price was only Rs. 60 a kg, he said.
Source: The Hindu (http://www.hindu.com/2009/11/21/stories/2009112159840300.htm)
November 21st, 2009, 06:22 AM
MYSORE: An action plan to develop villages as ‘nirmala gramas’ under the Sampoorna Swachatha Andolana (Total Sanitation Campaign) in seven taluks of Mysore district has been prepared by the Mysore Zilla Panchayat.
One of the key aspects to achieving total sanitation is to provide toilets in each house in rural areas. The objective of observing World Toilet Day on November 19 is to ensure that individual toilets are provided to each village and convince village residents about the importance of toilets in maintaining hygiene.
India is a signatory to the United Nation’s Millennium Development Goals under which the Government of India has to provide toilets to each family by the end of 2012. Hence, the Total Sanitation Campaign was launched in 2005 to achieve the goals, according to zilla panchayat chief executive officer Manjula.
Each below the poverty line (BPL) family will be given a subsidy of Rs. 3,000 to construct toilets and above the poverty line (APL) families will be coaxed into constructing them in their houses.
The thrust of the campaign will be on providing toilets and sanitation facilities to 86,000 BPL families in the district. The campaign is funded by the State Government and the Centre under the Nirmal Gram Yojana. It will cover 48 gram panchayats in the district in three years and envisages qualitative improvement in sanitation standards of the community.
The project will also target schools, anganwadis and individuals. Community toilets will be constructed where setting up of individual ones may not be feasible. Schoolchildren and Stree Shakti groups are likely to be roped in under the programme for holding jathas in every village to spread awareness on the importance of toilets for better health and hygiene.
Source: The Hindu (http://www.hindu.com/2009/11/21/stories/2009112155610200.htm)
Wow! Akash, your Mysuru getting sanitized!
November 21st, 2009, 12:47 PM
BANGALORE: The Karnataka government on Saturday signed a MoU with Netherlands-based Cyan Holding Group, a pre-fabricated housing firm for construction of 50,000 houses for flood affected people in the state.
State Housing Secretary K V Kongwad and representative of Cyan Holding, Bidiadhar Ja Jairam inked the MoU in the presence of Chief Minister B S Yeddyurappa.
Yeddyurappa said 75 per cent of funding for the project would be borne by the company and the balance by the state government.
Several organisations within the country and some from abroad have come forward to help the state rehabilitate the flood affected, as the government faced an uphill task of relocating 65,000 families, Yeddyurappa said.
Source: ET (http://economictimes.indiatimes.com/news/news-by-industry/services/property-/-cstruction/Govt-MoU-with-Dutch-company-to-build-50000-homes/articleshow/5255097.cms)
If they put up fabrication units for houses then it can be used for providing homes to all homeless people.
November 21st, 2009, 08:47 PM
SHIMOGA: Lakhs of areca growers in Shimoga and Chikmagalur district, who depend only on the cultivation of profitable horticultural crop areca, are in deep shock over the recent report submitted by the central committee headed by Gorak Singh, Union horticultural commissioner, which says government should reduce the cultivation of areca, which is hazards to health, by replacing it with the suitable crop.
The committee recently visited the two important districts in the state to study the pros cons of the cultivation of the crop and seems to have taken cognizance to the earlier report pending with central government that chewing areca is injurious to health.
The report will act as doom to large numbers of areca growers, traders, cooperative marketing institutions and dependents in the country, and particularly Karnataka, where the cash crop, once confined to Malnad and Coastal belt, is being expanded to other parts in the state. South India alone contributes nearly 56% of total production of areca in the world. The average production is estimated to be around 4.25 lakh tonnes per year and fetches crores of rupees. Areca has been a traditional crop of the Malnad and Coastal belt from time immemorial and is extensively used for chewing, colouring and in medicine, as suggested in Ayurveda.
Singh's report suggests that areca will lead to cancer and the government should stop assisting the development of such crop by providing special benefits to growers. It suggests the government to develop alternate health savvy horticultural crops as better replacement to prevent areca. This enraged the growers who are fighting to consider the crop as an important crop which has helped develop economy of the country and that of growers and dependents.
Areca growers have been facing problems every year, like gutkha ban, lack of support to for its alternate use, price fluctuation, traders' collusion to deceive poor growers, pest disease caused due to excess rain, yellow leaf disease, low input due to non-availability of pest control facilities and now the report to halt the production. The Areca Growers' Federation has alerted the growers about the possible impact of implementation of the report and demanded the government for immediate withdrawal of the report that might destroy the economy and life of large number of growers in the state.
Source: TOI (http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/mysore/Central-teams-report-on-areca-crop-draw-growers-ire/articleshow/5255784.cms)
Courtesy: virtualcrat (http://virtualcrat.blogspot.com/2009/10/betel-nuts-areca-nuts.html)
The areca nut contains tannin, gallic acid, a fixed oil gum, a little terpineol, lignin, various saline substances and three main alkaloids: Arecoline, Arecain and Guvacine which have vasoconstricting properties. - wiki (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Areca_nut)
What happens to Thamboola, Pan?
Coffee contains caffeine, tea contains tannin, coca contains cocaine, ...................
November 23rd, 2009, 03:21 PM
Source: The Hindu (http://www.hindu.com/2009/11/21/stories/2009112155610200.htm)
Wow! Akash, your Mysuru getting sanitized!
If they put up fabrication units for houses then it can be used for providing homes to all homeless people.
true,Krishnamoorthy we must be very thankful to the netherland based company for extending their cooperation in rehabilitation......Karnataka must approach the world bank for assistance as it is futile relying on the centre...........This is what Mr.Murgesh Nirani(Minister for industries) told few weeks back ............
November 24th, 2009, 05:21 AM
14 Dharwad villages to get Malaprabha water
TNN 23 November 2009, 09:46pm IST
DHARWAD: Fourteen villages in Dharwad taluk will soon get drinking water from Malaprabha. Dharwad MLA Seema Masuti told reporters here on Monday that a proposal for Rs 15 crore has been sent to the government for approval.
Giving details of the development works taken up in her constituency, Seema said the project would enable Aminabhavi, Chandanamatti, Kavalageri, Talawai, Kanakur, Vanahalli, Hebballi, Shivalli, Maradagi, Somapur, Timmapur, Karadigudda, Pudakalakatti and Uppin Betageri villages get Malaprabha water.
She said under National Rural Employment Guarantee Programme, 169 works had been taken up in the taluk and of them, 97 works had been completed. Under the Jala Samvardhana Yojana, works worth Rs 52 lakh have been taken up. Rural roads are being repaired under Central Road Fund and Calamity Relief Fund at a cost of Rs 10.42 crore.
Four villages — Narendra, Tadakod, Tegur and Lokur — have been selected for development under Suvarna Grama Yojana. The MLA said nearly Rs 8 crore is being spent on eight wards in Hubli-Dharwad Municipal Corporation limits for road repair and restoration of other infrastructure facilities.
Seema, who had faced severe criticism for being away in Hyderabad when the constituency was facing flood-related problems, is back in the constituency attending to development works.
Good news for villagers. Even some of villages of the UK demanding for Kali water. On the other hand, I think these villages are getting very good rain during rainy seasons and but not storing the rain water. It is better that our villages store as much rain water in lakes and in ground by rain harvesting instead of allowing the water to flood our rivers.
November 24th, 2009, 09:14 AM
The State government has decided to develop more than 400 horticulture farms on a PPP (public private partnership) model.
The farms would serve as centres for cultivation of breeds of horticulture crops, training for farmers and other related activities.
The Government, in the first phase, has invited expression of interest to set up farms in 19 selected places. According to Horticulture Minister Umesh Katti, so far 300 firms had responded to the invitation and the Government was yet to consult the private parties and select them for developing farms.
The Horticulture Department owns about 45,000 acres of land in the State. Of that the Department had decided to set up farms in about 3,300.14 ha in the first phase. The private party would be given lease of the land for about 20 to 30 years.
Katti said the Government would invest along with the private parties on the farm and there would not be any room for them to misuse the land.
Some of the horticulture farms to be developed in the first phase include Dharmaveera Horticulture Farm (494.90 ha) in Chikkanayakanahalli, Tumkur; Dr M H Marigowda farm (430 ha), Koratagere, Tumkur; Ramaswamygudda farm (220 ha), Kunigal, Tumkur; Indra farm (222.13 ha), Madhugiri, Tumkur; Mallasandra Kaval farm (355.02 ha), Nagamangala, Mandya; Charmudi farm (120 ha), Belthangady.
Katti said of the 5,600 total approved posts in the Department 2,300 are vacant. However, there was no need of filling up all the vacant post as many of them had become redundant. “At the most the department requires 500 to 800 posts filled up,” he said.
The total loss of horticulture crops in the floods in north Karnataka has been put at Rs 607 crore. The crops - onion, tomato, grape, lime, pomegranate, banana, chikku, mango, chili and others - grown in 172,491.59 acres were lost in the rains.
Source: DHNS (http://www.deccanherald.com/content/37600/ppp-model-develop-400-farms.html)
November 24th, 2009, 03:40 PM
Karnataka Government has entrusted the solid waste management in Municipalities across the state to Women self-help groups (SHGs).
A Government order has already been issued and the scheme would be monitored for a year, Minister for Municipal Administration Balachandra Jarkiholi told reporters. Municipalities would fix rate for garbage collection, transportation and disposal depending on the size of the wards and part of the income would go to Stree Shakti groups, he said.
The government has set a target of Rs 200 crore collection in property taxes in Municipal areas this year and till this September end Rs 91 crore has been achieved, he said. The next cabinet meeting would take a decision on the proposal to upgrade 52 Town Panchayats as City Municipal Councils. However, the proposal to convert about 400 Gram Panchayats (GPs) as Town Panchyats has been put on hold in view of the coming elections to GPs, he said.
Source: DHNS (http://www.deccanherald.com/content/37688/shgs-take-care-garbage-collections.html)
November 27th, 2009, 06:20 AM
* 123 persons employed in Dhruti BPO in Shiggaon
* Government to contribute Rs. 40 lakh to set up each of the BPOs
* Four rural BPOs are functioning in Shiggaon, Srirangapatna, Salegame and Gundlupet
The Chief Minister said that the State Government, through the Department of Science and Technology, extended assistance to four such rural BPO centres, including the one at Shiggaon in the first phase. Besides Shiggaon, these centres are functioning at Srirangapatna (Mandya district), Salegame (Hassan district) and Gundlupet (Chamarajanagar district).
Mr. Yeddyurappa said the Government was encouraging setting up of rural BPO centres in order to stop migration of rural youths to larger towns and cities in search of employment. He said rural BPOs would make rural youths self-reliant. The Government would be extending financial assistance of up to Rs. 40 lakh to each of the BPOs for building infrastructure, training and other expenses. The Chief Minister said that the youths of the State especially those from rural areas were competent. But the only problem with them was that of inadequate communication skills, which would be developed by providing them requisite training.
Mr. Yeddyurappa said on the occasion that steps would be taken to implement e-governance at rural areas by involving the rural youths. Encouraging setting up of more number of industries in the State to create more employment opportunities would be the priority of the Government, he added.
Source: The Hindu (http://www.hindu.com/2009/11/27/stories/2009112753490300.htm)
November 29th, 2009, 07:22 AM
Several Gram Panchayat had kept quiet with regard to the implementation of National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme in Kodagu.
Many had neglected the implementation of the most discussed project of the Centre. However, contrary to this, Kutta Gram Panchayat member Ramakrishna has been making use of the project successfully and has started various development works.
Ramakrishna has undertaken development work worth Rs 8 lakh in Nathangala in Kutta Gram Panchayat limits. The work on the construction of road, drainage, retaining wall, prevention of soil erosion, rain water percolation pond, construction of pond is being carried out in full swing. Nathangala village is tiny hamlet which lacked all the basic infrastructures including road.
Owing to the absence of storm water drains, rain water was flowing on the road. To give a facelift to the village, the Gram Panchayat Member decided to make use of NREGS. An action plan of Rs 18 lakh was prepared and submitted to the Zilla Panchayat through Gram Panchayat.
Responding to the action plan, Zilla Panchayat released Rs 8 lakh under NREGS. Ramakrishna said about 58 to 60 labourers are carrying out the development works for the last 45 days in the village. The village looks clean now.
“As per the rules, labourers are given Rs 82 per day. Along with it, ponds are being dug in the estates of SC beneficiaries. For the conservation of water, bunds are being constructed to collect water,” he added.
“Shortage of labourers for NREGS is only a pretext. If we make our mind, we can even get labourers. NREGS is a boon for the development of villages. If every GP members make use of it, then we can see development in villages,” says Ramakrishna.
Source: DHNS (http://www.deccanherald.com/content/38422/nregs-scripts-success-story-kutta.html)
November 29th, 2009, 09:12 AM
GADAG: Rural development and panchayat raj minister Jagadish Shettar has expressed unhappiness over officials for failing to meet the set target of expenditure in the implementation of various developmental schemes in the district.
Chairing the progress review meeting of his department here on Thursday, he said the district is one of the least to spend under the NREGA scheme. It has spent only Rs 20 crore out of Rs 125 crore it received during the current year.
The irrigation department has spent only Rs 6 crore against the target of Rs 31 crore, forests Rs 80 lakh (target Rs 6.5 crore), engineering division of ZP Rs 8 crore (Rs 42 crore). Only Rs 20 crore has been spent under Pradhan Mantri Grama Sadhak Yojana against the target of Rs 48 crore.
Stressing the role of grama sabhas in the development of villages, he said grama sabhas should function impartially in identifying genuine beneficiaries and formulating programmes.
He said the state has spent Rs 1,020 crore during the current year for the development of villages under the National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme and is expecting another Rs 1,000 crore from the Centre.
Source: TOI (http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/hubli/District-has-not-spent-enough-under-NREGA-Shettartimes-news-network/articleshow/5272820.cms)
November 30th, 2009, 06:28 AM
Government has introduced several schemes for the development of hospitals in rural areas with an objective of taking care of villagers’ health and bringing health care facilities to their door steps, said Vidhan Sabha in-charge speaker K G Bopaiah.
Speaking after inaugurating a health centre at Madenadu village here, Bopaiah said that the government is determined to provide better health care facilities in the rural area and has accordingly taken several initiative for the betterment of health index in rural areas by opening health centres.
“Government is taking necessary steps to ensure that there would be no shortage of medicines in health centres across the State,” he said and added that in this direction, the authority to supply medicines to health centres has been handed over to respective District Health and Family Welfare Officers in these state.
Zilla Panchayat President V M Vijaya said that doctors should not limit their services to urban areas alone but should take up community service in rural areas mandatorily. “If doctors extend their services in rural areas it would be of great help in a country like India,” Vijaya added.
Vijaya called upon the doctors to come forward and serve atleast one year in villages and play a major role for the reformation of villagers’ life and improvement of health index in rural areas.
ZP Health and Education Standing Committee President Manu Muthapa said that several posts of medical officers in the district remain vacant, which is cause of concern. Hence, the government should take necessary steps to fill all vacancies, he added.
Source: DHNS (http://www.deccanherald.com/content/38568/health-centre-madenadu-opens.html)
Continuous protest to urge govt to repair roads (http://www.deccanherald.com/content/38560/continuous-protest-urge-govt-repair.html)
Continous protest will be organised to urge the government to development the state highway stretch between Koodige and Shirangala, said Road Action Committee President Thorenooru Matt pontiff Mallesha Swamiji.
December 2nd, 2009, 07:14 AM
GADAG: Rural Development and Panchayat Raj Minister Jagadish Shettar laid the foundation stone for the third phase work of “Suvarna Gramodaya” Scheme at Yavagal village in Ron taluk of Gadag district on Tuesday.
Projects worth Rs. 83.53 lakh, including construction of a concrete road, community hall, an anganwadi building and purchase of land for solid waste disposal, would be taken up under the scheme. Karnataka Rural Infrastructure Development Limited will implement the projects.
Speaking on the occasion, the Minister said that initial rounds of discussions had been held with regard to framing of the “Ombudsman Act” for improvement of the gram panchayat system.
Source: The Hindu (http://www.hindu.com/2009/12/02/stories/2009120252430300.htm)
Rs. 113 crore spent on relief work in Gadag (http://www.hindu.com/2009/12/02/stories/2009120252420300.htm)
December 3rd, 2009, 03:41 PM
* Financial and policy constraints cited
* Greater gender sensitivity called for in relief work
Bangalore: The Karnataka Legal Services Authority has suggested that a separate budget and a mechanism be put in place to implement the National Disaster Management Act, 2005, so that States are better prepared for eventualities like the recent floods in north Karnataka.
Justice V. Gopala Gowda said this at a convergence meeting organised by the authority between Government officials, representatives of non-governmental organisations and activist groups from flood-hit areas to review relief work and debate corrective measures here on Tuesday. Presenting an overview, S.M. Jaamdar, Nodal Officer on Flood Relief, said that work done so far was “85 to 90 per cent satisfactory”. He described the financial and policy constraints under which relief and rehabilitation work was being undertaken. Any increase in the quantum of relief, Mr. Jaamdar said, could be done only if the existing policy framework and the financial allocation were dramatically altered.
The Centre’s team that visited flood-hit areas was in the process of compiling a report and funds from National Calamity Contingency Fund would be released only after it was submitted, he said. K. Neela, State president of the All India Democratic Women’s Association, said that the extent of damage would have been less if desilting work had been undertaken in tanks, lakes and canals under the Mahatma Gandhi Rural Employment Guarantee Act. She said that the parameters of damage while undertaking surveys were faulty, leaving sections like tenant farmers without any compensation.
Ms. Neela said that relief work often failed to take into account the inconveniences of women, resulting in relief camps having no basic amenities like toilets. She said that greater gender sensitivity was called for in relief work.
Basavaraj Kauthal and M. Venkataswamy drew the attention of the authority to caste discrimination in rehabilitation work, citing cases.
Representatives of farmers’ organisations, including Kodihalli Chandrasekhar of Karnataka Rajya Raitha Sangha, raised issues on inadequate compensation to crop losses.
Source: The Hindu (http://www.hindu.com/2009/12/03/stories/2009120354090500.htm)
December 3rd, 2009, 05:51 PM
Bangalore, December 3: The National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development on Wednesday said it has sanctioned Rs 121.05 crore as loan to Karnataka to build rural infrastructure projects like roads and bridges, minor irrigation structures, secondary schools, anganwadi buildings, rural godowns and markets and fish jetties in various districts.
These projects have been sanctioned under the Rural Infrastructure Development Fund and the cumulative sanction under "RIDF XV" to Karnataka during 2009-10 is Rs 431.33 crore, NABARD said in a statement.
Implementation of 240 rural roads and bridge projects with a total length of 1082.23 km would benefit 25 districts by connecting 1009 villages and 450 marketing centres, besides generating employement of 89 lakh mandays, it said.
The total financial outlay sanctioned is Rs 176.22 crore and the loan assistance from NABARD is Rs 140.97 crore.
Further, of 385 minor irrigation projects sanctioned with total financial outlay of Rs 150.45 crore, NABARD loan
assistance of Rs 142.93 crore would provide irrigation facilities to 17894 hectare spread over the state, including distressed and flood-affected districts.
Implementation of minor irrigation projects would result in generating employment of 818 lakh mandays. Financial
assistance of Rs 4.75 crore has been also sanctioned for 11 sericulture units and Rs 19 crore for construction of 21 rural godowns, it said.
Source: Udayavani (http://www.udayavani.com/showstory.asp?news=0&contentid=721331&lang=1)
December 4th, 2009, 07:25 AM
* Loss due to heavy rain and floods put at Rs. 18,500 crore
* Layout formation work begins in 170 villages
Bangalore: With the increased demand from villages to move to safe places, the State Government has decided to shift 346 villages in 14 districts of north Karnataka, which witnessed unprecedented rainfall during September-October.
Chief Minister B.S. Yeddyurappa, who chaired a high-level officials’ meeting here on Thursday, reviewed the status of rehabilitation work in flood-affected districts and said the people of 346 of flood-affected villages would be rehabilitated permanently. Earlier, the Government had decided to shift 216 villages.
The officials had identified land for shifting 224 villages, while the layout formation work had commenced in 170 villages. House construction work had commenced in three villages. Lands would be identified for shifting 122 villages soon, Mr. Yeddyurappa said.
Noting the difficulties faced by the officials in the land acquisition process, he said farmers had been demanding higher price for their lands. The Government, however, had decided to pay compensation from Rs. 1 lakh to Rs. 3 lakh an acre to all those who will lose lands for rehabilitation. There has also been pressure on the Deputy Commissioners to form layouts on caste-lines. Some rich people had been demanding bigger housing sites in the new layouts, he said.
A total of three lakh houses would be constructed in the first phase — one lakh houses on public-private partnership and two lakh houses under the Indira Awas Yojana of the Centre. Foundation stones had been laid for construction of houses in 40 villages and bhoomi puja for construction of houses in rest of the villages would be done by December-end, the Chief Minister said.
The loss due to heavy rain and floods in 14 districts has been put at Rs. 18,500 crore. The Government had released Rs. 1,750 crore, including Rs. 500 crore released by the Centre. The donors contributed Rs. 1,650 crore. The Government has sought relief of at least Rs. 6,665.21 crore from the Centre for taking up rehabilitation work, the Chief Minister said.
Stating that the Government was confident of rehabilitating people of all 346 villages in the next six months, Mr. Yeddyurappa said priority would be given for providing basic amenities such as roads, electricity, drinking water, schools and drainages in the newly formed layouts.
Revenue Minister G. Karunakara Reddy said all officials worked as a team in north Karnataka districts and worked day and night to shift people to safe places. A memorandum would be submitted to the Centre again seeking early release of more funds to take up rehabilitation work, he said.
Earlier, S.M Jamdar, nodal officer for rehabilitation, said Raichur, Belgaum and Bagalkot districts had been severely affected by floods and rehabilitation works had to be expedited there. The number of villages to be shifted kept on changing daily and the pace of rehabilitation work had been slow on account of several reasons, including land acquisition, he said.
Source: The Hindu (http://www.hindu.com/2009/12/04/stories/2009120454560700.htm)
Karnataka has spent Rs 1,750 crore on relief works: Yeddyurappa (http://www.deccanherald.com/content/39283/karnataka-has-spent-rs-1750.html)
Madikeri: 17 gram panchayats win Nirmal Gram Puraskar (http://www.hindu.com/2009/12/04/stories/2009120452020300.htm)
December 4th, 2009, 07:44 AM
The different housing schemes of the State and the Central governments have failed to achieve their fixed targets in the district.
The progress report of the housing schemes in three taluks for the period from 2005-06 to October 2009 has confirmed this point.
In fact, the total target for the three taluks- Madikeri, Somwarpet and Virajpet - has been 12,093 houses, but the achievement so far is 5,735 houses according to the report. As man as 2,058 houses are on construction while the works of 3,996 houses are yet to begin.
Under Grameen Ashraya scheme, the target for 2005-06 in Madikeri taluk was 554 houses, of which 502 houses have been completed. Of the specified 531 houses for 2006-07, a total of 446 have been completed while 85 are on progress.
The target for 2008-09 was 444 houses. A total of 102 houses were construted this year; 149 are on progress. The works of 193 houses are yet to begin. In Madikeri taluk, out of the target of 1529 houses, only 1050 are complete; 286 are on progress, while 193 yet to begin.
In Somwarpet taluk
Of the target of 1272 houses for the year 2005-06 in Somwarpet taluk, 1192 houses have been completed. 80 are on progress. However, of the target of 2419 houses in 2006-07, only 1352 houses have been completed. 647 are on construction. The works of 420 houses are yet to begin.
In 2008-09, instead of the specified target of 1323 houses, only 128 have been completed. The works of 262 houses are on progress while 933 houses are yet to start.
In Virajpet taluk
The Virajpet taluk had a target of constructing 416 houses in 2005-06 under Ashraya scheme, of which the achievement is 391.
In 2006-07, the target was 661 houses, and the achievement is 436. The works of 157 houses are on progress. In 2008-09, of the fixed target of 687, as many as 140 have been completed so far; 225 are on progress; 292 yet to commence.
In the taluk, a total of 1760 houses should be constructed under all schemes in 2008-09, but 967 have been completed. 348 are on progress. 449 yet to start.
In all, the target of Ashraya scheme for the district in these three years was 8307 houses. Of them, 4689 have been achieved, while 1623 are on progress. 1995 houses are yet to be constructed.
Under Grameen Ambedkar Scheme, 47 houses should have been constructed in Madikeri taluk in 2007-08 and 2008-09. Of them 25 have been completed; 15 are on progress; 7 yet to begin.
In Somwarpet taluk, of th 121 target, the achievement is 47; 38 are on progress; the works of 36 are yet to start. In Virajpet taluk, of the target of 62 houses, 28 have been constructed; 18 are on progress; 16 are yet to begin.
The district had to get a total of 230 houses under the scheme for the specified period, but the achievement is 100, while 71 are on progress; 59 are yet to start.
Under Indira Aawaz scheme, 19 houses should have been constructed in 2006-07 in Madikeri taluk, but 17 have been completed. The target for the year 2007-08 has been achieved 100 per cent. In 2008-09, of the 179 target, 63 have been completed; 60 are on progress.
In 2009-10, the target is 440, of which 16 are completed. The works of 343 are yet to commence. In Somwarpet taluk, the target for the year 2006-07 is 108 houses, of which 98 have been achieved. In 2007-08, of the 368 houses, 308 have been constructed.
The works of 100 houses are to start.
For the year 2008-09, the target was 1080, while the achievement is 333. As many as 379 are on progress. The target for the current fiscal is 1073, but none have begun.
In Virajpet taluk, the target of 51 houses for the year 2007-08 has been totally achieved. In 2008-09, the target is 89 and the achievement is 49. The target for the current year is 144, and the achievement is 8 houses. The works of 46 are on progress; 90 are yet to commence.
Source: DHNS (http://www.deccanherald.com/content/39360/progress-housing-schemes-kodagu-dist.html)
December 5th, 2009, 07:56 PM
Doddapalli (Karnataka): At a time when the world pressure is on India to rein in its 'carbon intensity', a non-descript village in Karnataka has set an example by choosing biogas over the conventional firewood hence, unknowingly pitching in its bit towards reducing carbon emissions.
The lives of the residents of Doddapalli village located in Bagepalli sub-division of Kolar district in the state have changed drastically after opting for biogas.
At present around 80 biogas plants are operating successfully in the village and more are being set up.
Earlier the women in Doddapalli had to go to the nearby forest area everyday to collect firewood for cooking but today, after the installation of biogas plants in their backyards, they are happy with this cleaner fuel and also to help save the environment.
"Well, the government has been extending all assistance to us in setting up of these bio-gas plants. Thanks to the biogas, no more the trees are felled for firewood and thus they are saved. As for the hygiene and health aspects, we do not have smoke bothering the eyes," said Gowri, a villager.
"Earlier we had to endure lot of problems, ranging from headache and burning of eyes due to smoke from the burning of firewood. But now all those worries are over. Back from working in the fields, be it coffee or meals, every item is prepared in a neat way. The utensils are soot free. A great benefit, I must say," said Kamala, another villager.
Apart from the cooking needs, the residue of the livestock dung from the biogas plant is also ideal manure for the fields.
It also reduces the risk of diseases like pneumonia, cataract, tuberculosis which are quite common in households using firewood stoves.
After switching to biogas and getting rid of smoke from the conventional stoves, the health of the villagers has also improved tremendously.
Presently around 80 biogas plants are functioning at Doddapalli and more residents from here as well as other villages are eager to set up similar non-conventional energy plants.
Subsidies extended by the government have further encouraged the villagers to come forth to set up the biogas plants in the backyards of their abodes.
Central Government has also initiated a project to equip the rural households with efficient cooking stoves in an effort to reduce air pollution.
Source: DNA (http://www.dnaindia.com/scitech/report_karnataka-villagers-reduce-carbon-emissions-by-using-biogas_1320336)
innu munde "ittare seganiyade, tattidare beraniyade" hadina badalu "ittare seganiyade, koletare jaivika anilavade" endu hadabahudu.
December 8th, 2009, 05:05 PM
Bijapur: Karnataka government has prepared a comprehensive plan to provide safe drinking water to 21,000 villages in the state through surface water supply schemes in the next five years, State Minister for Minor Irrigation Govin Karjol said on Tuesday.
Karjol told reporters at Telagi, 40 km from here, that in the last two years 6,000 villages had benefited from the scheme.
The remaining 15,000 villages would be able to avail the benefit in the next three years, he said while inaugurating a Rs 26 crore multi-village drinking water supply scheme for 35 villages of Basavana Bagewadi taluk.
He said 210 villages in Bijapur district would get drinking water under a scheme to be taken up under the Rajiv Gandhi Drinking Water Mission at a cost of Rs 125 crore by March next year.
Source: ZeeNews.com (http://www.zeenews.com/news585735.html) - PTI
December 11th, 2009, 06:53 AM
The Centre is planning to provide all-weather road connectivity to 1.35 lakh inhabitants in Karnataka under Pradhan Mantri Gram Sadak Yojana (PMGSY).
Informing this in Lok Sabha in response to a question from G M Siddeshwara [BJP], Rural Development Minister C P Joshi said that under the PMGSY, the Ministry provides fund to states to construct all-weather road connectivity to all unconnected regions having population of above 500 persons in the plain areas and 250 persons in hilly areas. The ministry has so far released Rs 8135 crore to states, in which Rs 8169 crore has been spent.
Replaying to his another question, Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions Prithiviraj Chavan said that the Centre has rejected the request of the Karnataka Government to provide grant to construct a building to house State Information Commission office.
The Karnataka government had sought Rs 7.50 crore grant from the Centre for the construction of an office building of the Information Commission. The minister said as there was no provision to sanction fund from the Centre to build an office building for the Commission, the proposal had been rejected.
Source: DHNS (http://www.deccanherald.com/content/40699/all-weather-roads-karnataka.html)
The road to development in rural India is literally a road (http://www.dnaindia.com/india/report_the-road-to-development-in-rural-india-is-literally-a-road_1322070)
New Delhi: Roads are turning around India. Access to roads has led to sharp increase in incomes, rise in literacy rates, escalation of agricultural land prices, better access to jobs and improvement in agricultural production in rural areas.
A World Bank study found that government spending on rural roads had a significant impact on poverty reduction and growth. For every Rs10 lakh spent on rural roads, about 163 people were lifted out of poverty.
Among the states that are handling major rural roads projects are Karnataka (2,000 km), Maharashtra (1,200 km) and Rajasthan (1,790km). Gujarat has a target of 430 km for 2009-10.
World Bank is assisting the government build roads in difficult regions with a $40-cr loan. India is believed to have sought $300 crore more from the bank to convert 6,372 km of 19,702 km single-lane highways into double lane ones.
Solar power's role in rural India (http://www.bbc.co.uk/worldservice/business/2009/12/091209_selco_india.shtml)
Selco is a social enterprise which has provided solar-powered lighting and water heating for half a million people in the states of Karnataka and Gujarat since it began in 1995.
It provides lighting for businesses too and even rents solar lights to street hawkers.
MCF team to conduct soil tests in 13 villages (http://www.hindu.com/2009/12/11/stories/2009121155750300.htm)
MYSORE: The Mysore Citizens’ Forum (MCF) will send a team of experts to conduct soil tests in 13 villages of north Karnataka, where it will construct houses for the people affected by the floods.
The MCF will construct 4,700 houses to assist the Government in rehabilitating the affected people. It has identified villages in Gadag, Bijapur and Bagalkot districts for the purpose.
Raichur: Corporation halts all housing projects (http://www.hindu.com/2009/12/11/stories/2009121153190300.htm)
Raichur: The Rajiv Gandhi Rural Housing Corporation has directed the Chief Executive Officer of the Raichur Zilla Panchayat to suspend work on all projects in Lingsugur taluk with immediate effect. A directive has also been issued on withdrawal of funds available with the gram panchayats of the taluk. The corporation has sought an investigation into alleged irregularities in the implementation of housing schemes.
December 13th, 2009, 07:17 AM
Zilla Panchayat President Vinutha Srinivas has directed all the Gram Panchayat secretaries to prepare an action plan for the implementation of development projects under the National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme (NREGS).
While reviewing progress the of the various programmes, at the Karnataka Development Programmes (KDP) meeting held at the Zilla Panchayat auditorium, she said funds had been allocated for the implementation of projects and asked the Gram Panchayat secretaries to ensure that quality works were undertaken without the misuse of funds.
She directed the executive officers of the respective taluk panchayats to keep a tab on the progress of the projects and review them periodically.
She also directed the executive officers to guide the Gram Panchayat secretaries and suspend those who do not perform their duties efficiently.
Zilla Panchayat Chief Executive Officer N Krishnappa said a total of Rs 53.40 crore was spent under the NREGS, inculding Rs 26 crore in Bagepalli, Rs 12.26 crore in Chintamani, Rs 4.9 crore in Gudibande, Rs 3.39 crore in Chikkaballapur and Rs 2.41 crore in Shidlaghatta taluk.
A total of 8,675 works have been sanctioned under the NREGS, of which 1,380 works have been completed, he added. Elaborating on the pending works, he said construction of houses sanctioned under Indira Awas, Ambedkar and Ashraya need to be completed, he said and added that a hobli-level convention will be organised for the beneficiaries.
Zilla Panchayat Vice-President Chendur Venkatesh, deputy secretary S M Zulfikarulla, chief accountant H N Chandrashekar and district-level officials were present at the meeting.
Source: DHNS (http://www.deccanherald.com/content/41057/gp-secretaries-told-prepare-action.html)
Ujire, Dakshina Kannada: Rural games enthrall children, elders (http://www.deccanherald.com/content/41041/rural-games-enthrall-children-elders.html)
December 14th, 2009, 06:15 PM
MANGALORE: After almost zero performance in implementing UPA government's flagship Mahatma Gandhi Rural Employment Guarantee Act (MGREGA) programme in 2008-09, Dakshina Kannada Zilla Panchayat is poised to cross expenditure of Rs 10 crore in 2009-10. This turnaround, according to the chief executive officer of DK Zilla Panchayat R Shivashankar has come about since July 2008 when the programme actually took off.
In an informal interaction with reporters here on Monday, Shivashankar said the actual expenditure, as on date was Rs 5.02 crore. This is a far better trend compared to 2008-09 when the zilla panchayat was left with unutilized funds of Rs 1.73 crore given to it under the programme. The CEO said he would have gladly accepted an expenditure of Rs 2 crore during the current fiscal, given that there was no activity during the first four months.
Attributing this upswing in activities undertaken under MGREGA to a move by the government to permit individual works to be taken up under this programme, as against public works taken up in other districts of the state, Shivashankar said the results are there for all to see. ``As against 4,000-odd job cards issued to beneficiaries under the programme three months ago, we have since issued 68,000 job cards,'' the CEO added.
PRODUCTION OF IVY GOURD GONE UP
While the government order permitting the authorities to allow individuals to work on their own land under MGREGA had been issued on April 1, the same was held in abeyance until the end of May on account of code of conduct due to the general elections. Citing one example of how this had helped the district, Shivashankar said the production of Ivy gourd (tondekai) had gone up by 100 tonnes in the district during the current year.
This is the result of people growing ivy gourds in their individual plots, Shivashankar said adding that this has resulted in tangible economic benefits to the people, a majority of whom are from the economically backward sections of the society. The net production of ivy gourd out of 100 tonnes is slightly on the lower side, as some part of the crop was lost due to unseasonal rainfall that the district witnessed, Shivashankar added.
Source: TOI (http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/mangalore/DK-Zilla-Panchayat-to-cross-expenditure-of-Rs-10-crore/articleshow/5337377.cms)
December 14th, 2009, 06:28 PM
Man I must appreciate the congress led UPA govt on these two missions-NREGA & JNNURM.
So many villages in India have benefited from this.............great
December 14th, 2009, 06:38 PM
^^ Builders want to go rural. Are these builders asking the government to merge NREGA & JNNURM for rural???
Mysore, Dec. 14 (KMC)- "Affordable housing for citizens of lower income groups can be made available if Central Government provides land to builders free of cost. The Builders' Association of India (BAI) will definitely rise to the occasion and give back cost-effective houses to the govern- ment to be distributed among beneficiaries," said Abdul Karim Yussouf, National President of BAI.
He was speaking as the chief guest at the inaugural function of Build Tech '09 international seminar on affordable housing held at the Senate Bhavan in Manasagangothri on Friday.
Yussouf suggested that the Government must identify barren land tracts (not necessarily agricultural land) outside urban regions for establishing satellite townships, facilitated with effective mass transport system to and from the city.
"Land is the biggest input required for affordable housing, amounting to 49 per cent of the total expenditure in India followed by taxes to the government, materials and labour," Yussouf said and added that if the government sincerely wished to provide affordable housing to the financially weaker sections, it could announce tax rebates to the construction sector.
"Almost 30 per cent of our population live in urban areas and more are migrating to the cities everyday at an alarming rate," said Yussouf and empha-sised on the need to give the issue a serious thought.
M.S. Nandakumar, State Chairman of BAI, Karnataka, speaking as a chief guest, regretted that none of the builders were addressing the issue of rural housing, which is estimated to reach 150 million constructions in a few years.
Terming the recent boom in real estate market as a 'honeymoon that is over', Nandakumar said that the markets had settled down to more realistic prices and they were supplying to demand now. Real estate dealers are facing a dilemma over investing in housing business, he said and hoped nano-housing, instead of creating another slum, proved beneficial to people of lower income groups.
BAI Mysore Centre Chairman S.R. Swamy, CREDAI Chairman S. Prakash, M.S. Ramprasad and K. Subramanya Rao also spoke on the occasion.
A power point presentation offering an overview of 'Affordable housing — myth or reality?' was made by BAI Member Hemanth, during which he expressed concern over the 'one size fits all' kind of policy likely to be adopted by the authorities, proving to be counter-productive.
Source: SOM (http://www.starofmysore.com/main.asp?type=news&item=22849)
December 14th, 2009, 06:54 PM
^^ Builders want to go rural. Are these builders asking the government to merge NREGA & JNNURM for rural???
Source: SOM (http://www.starofmysore.com/main.asp?type=news&item=22849)
those builders are none other than chellaas of politicians and underworld dons.........we must not lend our ears to them.
Let rural people lead their life peacefully.They are happy with their homes.Such builders have only increased the prices of homes/land and made extra bucks.
A common man in a metro like Bangalore cannot afford a home.Who are these idiots trying to fool??
People are happy building homes on 30*40 site in rural areas instead of the builders affordable homes.
How dare they beg in front of the govt for land??
Tomorrow we will face shortage of food,with rapid encroachment of fields.
December 19th, 2009, 07:42 AM
* Farm labourer in State gets Rs. 119.42 a day, says advocate
* ‘Pay arrears to MGREGA beneficiaries as the revised wages are applicable from January 1’
* Two-judge Bench passed an interim order in response to writ petition filed by 12 parties
Source: The Hindu (http://www.hindu.com/2009/12/19/stories/2009121960040300.htm)
See what’s cooking in Shimoga... (http://www.deccanherald.com/content/41257/see-whats-cooking-shimoga.html)
Shell Foundation has undertaken a comprehensive program of engagement in 111 villages in Shimoga and is partnering with the district and state administration to drive awareness against Indoor Air Pollution by promoting improved stoves which significantly reduce emissions and fuel use.
December 24th, 2009, 08:17 PM
* Minimum wage to be enhanced from Rs. 82 to Rs. 100
* Ombudsman to ensure proper implementation
* Siddaramaiah sceptical of target being achieved
Bangalore: The State Government will utilise Rs. 2,800 crore under the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Act (MGREGA), a flagship programme of the Central Government, before March next year.
Replying to Ramanath Rai (Congress) during Question Hour in the Legislative Assembly on Wednesday, Minister for Panchayat Raj and Rural Development Jagadish Shettar said the Government had received Rs. 1,200 crore under MGREGA so far. It had set a target to utilise about Rs. 2,800 crore under the scheme by the end of March next year. The Government would enhance the minimum wage being paid under the scheme from Rs. 82 to Rs. 100 with effect from April 2009. Stating that the Government had set a target to utilise Rs. 1,600 crore earlier and now it had been raised to Rs. 2,800 crore, Mr. Shettar said an ombudsman had been appointed to ensure proper implementation of the scheme and check misappropriation of funds.
Earlier, raising several issues that were affecting effective implementation of the scheme in the rural areas, Leader of the Opposition Siddaramaiah criticised the Government for failing to utilise funds released by the Centre. Delayed payment of wages, misappropriation of funds, lack of interest by members of local bodies and ineffective monitoring by officials had affected implementation of the scheme, he said.
Mr. Siddaramaiah urged the Government to look into the demand for appointing a task force committee, headed by legislators, for implementing the scheme. Noting the significance of the scheme, which would give a big boost to the overall development of rural areas, he urged the Government to utilise the funds properly for creating assets.
Mr. Siddar amaiah was doubtful about the Government reaching the target of utilising Rs. 2,800 crore in the next three months.
Source: The Hindu (http://www.hindu.com/2009/12/24/stories/2009122460740900.htm)
December 25th, 2009, 09:11 AM
DHARWAD: Karnataka Vikas Grameena Bank (KVGB), a leading regional rural bank, has registered a total business of Rs 6,666 crore. Bank chairman K P Muralidharan revealed this at a function to inaugurate three new branches here on Thursday.
The chairman informed that the bank has made all-round progress in almost all the parameters during by half-year-end. The bank has created a record by earning a net profit of Rs 35.66 crore during the first six months of this fiscal. The total business comprises of Rs 3,844 crore of deposits and Rs 2,822 crore of advances. The bank has disbursed Rs 785.15 crore under various loan schemes. The recovery has been to the extent of 76%.Two branches have come up at Bellatti and Konnur in Gadg district while the third is at Guledagudda in Bagalkot district.
The bank now has a network of 416 branches. Muralidharan said the bank would open nine new branches by January.
Source: TOI (http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/hubli/Grameena-Bank-does-Rs-6666-cr-business/articleshow/5375374.cms)
ZP approves Rs. 30-cr. project under BRGF in Chitradurga (http://www.hindu.com/2009/12/25/stories/2009122551670300.htm)
This aqueduct serves as a ‘bridge’ to link Kodagu and Mysore (http://www.hindu.com/2009/12/24/stories/2009122453720300.htm)
December 26th, 2009, 08:16 PM
Belgaum: Delay in implementation of development schemes and projects slows down economic progress in general. Thus, at a time when the agriculture sector is passing through a critical phase any delay in implementation of irrigation projects was neither in the interest of farmers nor the country, said R.R. Patil, president of Shree Veerabhadreshwar Lift Irrigation Project Horata Samiti.
Deploring the lack of concern and negligence towards irrigational and drinking water needs of 22 villages of Ramdurg and Savadatti taluk in the district here on Friday, samiti secretary B.M. Malali said the Government had failed to respond to the nearly 30-year-old people’s struggle demanding lift irrigation scheme to irrigate 44,000 acres of agricultural land and also to meet the drinking water requirements of nearly 50,000 people in 10 villages of Ramdurg taluk and 12 villages of Savadatti taluk.
It may be recalled that the Government proposed to take up the scheme last month. A general estimate for Rs. 272 crore has been prepared.
He said the villagers, based on their experience, had proposed a simpler and economical scheme, which included laying of pipeline for only 6 km from the site of the scheme and construction of canals/distributaries beyond for cost of Rs. 141 crore in 2003.
However, Karnataka Neeravari Nigam Limited has decided to lay pipeline over a stretch of 32 km taking the cost to Rs. 272 crore.
Yet, what the villagers want is that the Government should not waste time hereafter and start the work at the earliest, Mr. Patil said.
Source: The Hindu (http://www.hindu.com/2009/12/26/stories/2009122651160300.htm)
Rs 50 crore gift for flood victims (http://www.expressbuzz.com/edition/story.aspx?Title=Rs+50+crore+gift+for+flood+victims&artid=O2VUutuXg/0=&SectionID=7GUA38txp3s=&MainSectionID=fyV9T2jIa4A=&SectionName=zkvyRoWGpmWSxZV2TGM5XQ==&SEO=)
The Mysore Citizens Forum (MCF) will launch a Rs 50 crore project for construction of over 4,656 houses for the flood-hit, in January 2009.
After a survey, the MCF has identified 14 villages in three districts, where many flood victims have been rendered homeless.
The citizens' forum will construct each house with a multi-purpose hall, kitchen and a room.
Any model house is ready by now?
December 27th, 2009, 08:23 AM
Infosys Technologies director T.V. Mohandas Pai has advocated transfer of cash in place of subsidy schemes for the rural poor to eliminate poverty.
'By providing cash directly to the needy in place of subsidy schemes, the central government will be able to check loss of allocated funds,' Pai said late Saturday while delivering a lecture on 'India at 2030' here.
Noting that 30-40 percent of the money allocated to various subsidy schemes do not reach the poor due to leakages and role of middlemen, Pai said if Rs.2,000 was transferred every month to those below poverty line (BPL), they will be able to spend it carefully on health, education and other basic needs.
The central government budgets a whopping Rs.165,000 crore annually on various subsidy schemes - Rs.70,000 crore on food, Rs.30,000 crore on kerosene, Rs.25,000 crore on power and Rs.40,000 crore on rural employment schemes.
'Though the National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (NREGA) helps to check migration of rural people to urban areas, it is causing labour shortage in the farm sector, as the rural folk who get Rs.82-100 daily do not work in their fields anymore,' Pai told about 800 students of Bangalore University.
Voicing concern over the low quality of education in schools and universities across the country, the Infosys head for human resources said the opening of the education sector would increase access to high quality education.
'The college enrollment of youth aged 18-24 years should increase to 30 percent by 2030 from 12.4 percent currently,' Pai told a packed audience at a function organised jointly by the university and the Institute for Social and Economic Change (ISEC).
Lamenting the poor quality of education even at the primary level, Pai said only 52 percent of students who enroll for Class 1 complete Class 10.
'The implementation of the Sarva Shika Abhiyan and mid-day meal schemes has created some hope for rural students and increased the enrollment ratio,' Pai said.
Similarly, the IT bellwether honcho urged the government to provide health insurance scheme to BPL families for improving the country's health index.
'The Karnataka government should implement the health insurance scheme former Andhra Pradesh chief minister Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy launched in the neighbouring state for the benefit of the poor.'
Though dramatic innovations and rapid growth in technology broke digital barriers between the haves and have-nots, Pai regretted that only skilled labour force benefited from globalisation.
'As majority of our educated youth do not get employed due to lack of marketable skills, the government should implement skilled development programmes on war-footing to train them in securing good jobs,' Pai said.
Of the 500,000 students appearing for admission to IITs and IIMs every year, only 1.5 percent of them qualify for high quality education, as the state-run institutes offer collectively a mere 8,000 seats.
Bangalore University vice-chancellor N. Prabhu Dev and ISEC director R.S. Deshpande were present on the occasion.
Source: sify (http://sify.com/finance/provide-cash-to-poor-instead-of-subsidy-infosys-pai-news-default-jm1l4bhdahe.html)
Money may be given directly to disabled people. Able people should get money for working in field, not only for planting trees but also for growing grains, cereals, vegetables, etc and also for non-agricultural rural professions.
December 28th, 2009, 07:59 PM
MANGALORE: Details of Bharat Nirman, the flagship programme of the UPA government applicable to the country, is now available in Kannada. Aimed at ushering in rural development, the programme has several components. In order to ensure the effective implementation of the programme in the state as well, the Karnataka government has taken the initiative and brought out a 30-page booklet on it in Kannada.
The state government has collated information on the programme from the Planning Commission, Union ministry of rural development and panchayati raj, and other ministries concerned.
Taking the lead in bringing out this booklet is Baikere Nagesh, the additional special representative of the state government in the national capital. The aim of the booklet is to keep the MPs fully informed about the programme.
Chief minister B S Yeddyurappa released the booklet at a function held at Karnataka Bhavan in New Delhi on Christmas Day. Yeddyurappa lauded the efforts of all concerned in bringing out the booklet, which will help elected representatives from the state to gain maximum benefit to their respective constituencies. Senior leaders from the state were present on this occasion.
Source: TOI (http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/mangalore/UPAs-Bharat-Nirman-now-in-Kannada/articleshow/5389089.cms)
December 28th, 2009, 08:24 PM
Slightly older news.
BANGALORE: A new move of the state government promises to bring a welcome change to our impression of government schools as lacking in basic amenities and an adequate teaching staff.
As part of the Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan (SSA), 74 model schools are being built under the government’s new initiative of ‘Rashtriya Madhyamik Shiksha Abhiyan’ in educationally backward taluks across the state.
These schools are aimed to be on par with the central schools, Kendra Vidyalayas.
According to SSA sources, lands for the schools will be identified and provided by the government free of cost. Each school will be constructed on five acres of land. “The medium of instruction will be decided by the state government. However, special emphasis will be given on teaching of English and spoken English,” an SSA official said. The schools will offer secondary education, for standards VI to X. Teachers with master’s degree will be recruited.
Under the centrally sponsored scheme, the Centre had decided to set up 2500 model schools in its first phase in the educationally backward blocks (EBB). Of these, 74 are in Karnataka.
“We are giving special emphasis to Gulbarga district, as it is one of the most backward districts in the state. Of 74 schools, 24 will be built in various taluks in Gulbarga,” a senior official from the department said.
Each school will be built at a cost of Rs 3.77 crore, with the Central and the state governments sharing the funds at a ratio of 75:25. The state government had promised to provide funds for the project in this year’s budget.
“Though it had declared funds for 114 schools in the first phase, only 74 schools will be built and they will be ready for the next academic year,” an official said.
Officials added there will a continuous evaluation of the functioning of the schools by state government agencies through a regular and well-structured system of field visits. “An independent agency may be assigned the task of monitoring the scheme, including progress of construction,” an official added.
Source: EB (http://www.expressbuzz.com/edition/story.aspx?Title=Hope+for+kids+in+rural+schools&artid=aYtMZOyafNA=&SectionID=Qz/kHVp9tEs=&MainSectionID=wIcBMLGbUJI=&SectionName=UOaHCPTTmuP3XGzZRCAUTQ==&SEO=)
December 29th, 2009, 07:11 PM
Theatre experiment A village in central Karnakata boasts an amphitheatre that can seat over 3,000, and a free theatre institute for students from across the state, writes S R Ramakrishna
Not many in Bangalore have heard of Sanehalli, although the name might ring a bell among this city’s theatre lovers. This remote village in central Karnataka houses a theatre institute, and its repertory company takes out shows to towns and cities across Karnataka every year. Sanehalli is known for a Lingayat religious institution headed by Panditaradhya Swamiji. The pontiff is a playwright of some merit, and produces what theatre students would describe as morality plays, but is better known as an enlightened supporter of theatre education.
“For religious institutions, theatre is almost taboo, but Panditaradhya Swamiji takes a liberal view,” said Chidambara Rao Jambe, director of the institute.
The pontiff runs a theatre school for 20 students, selected from districts across Karnataka, and gives them free food and education for a full year. That effort costs him Rs 15 lakh a year. The students come mostly from poor families, and are children of farmers or pliers of small trades.
Based on the Ninasam model
The Sanehalli experiment is based on the now famous Ninasam model. In a village called Heggodu near Sagar, K V Subbanna built an institution called Neelakanteswara Natya Sangha (abbreviated to Ninasam), now acknowledged as a realisation of the Gandhian decentralisation dream. What Subbanna did for over 50 years inspired the Swamiji to set up this school.
The Sanehalli experiment is informed by the egalitarian and non-violent philosophies of Gandhi and Basava, but it seems to have left the police uneasy. They recently told a reporter they were keeping an eye on the mutt for Naxal activities, and accused the swamiji of encouraging Maoist-leaning intellectuals.
Jambe studied at the National School of Drama, Delhi, and then served as a director of the Rangayana theatre repertory in Mysore. He makes a monthly trip to his hometown in Shimoga district, but otherwise spends all his time overseeing work at Sanehalli. He is supported by Nataraj Honnavalli, a Ninasam alumnus who has made a name as a director.
Nataraj is now rehearsing a Kannada translation of Shakespeare’s Measure for Measure with his students.
For weary city types, Sanehalli looks like a magical little cocoon. The Mumbai highway is about 40 km away, but the village isn’t overwhelmed by the Internet, mobiles, or the movies. Landlines work, but when it comes to mobiles, Airtel and Reliance hardly catch any signals.
The village retains the picturesqueness of an earlier era. All houses, except one that stood out conspicuously with its new-age city architecture, are tiled. At a little eatery in a corner, we ordered snacks (khara mandakki) and tea for two, and the bill didn’t cross Rs 12. Hung prominently here was a picture of C G Krishnaswamy, the famous theatre director who helped give shape to the swamiji’s vision for a theatre village.
The late CGK brought to Sanehalli several theatre experts, and helped the swamiji build an amphitheatre that can seat up to 3,000. That’s where they have their annual theatre festival, and people from villages in the vicinity come to catch Shakespeare, Chekov and Kalidasa, besides the best of Kannada playwrights.
This December, folklorist Ramanna had come down from Mysore to teach kamsale, the vigorous folk dance form popular in the Male Maheshwara region, and he was putting students through the paces at the amphitheatre. After the kamsale class, students flocked around singer Gajanana Hegde, who was teaching them music.
The Sanehalli and Heggodu experiments are perhaps unique in India, and point to ways in which our theatre traditions, both classical and contemporary, can be practised and propagated.
How to get there
Sanehalli is about five hours by road from Bangalore. It can be reached via the Mumbai highway, but a bridge had collapsed, and we were advised to drive through another route that took almost eight hours.
An occasional bus plies to Sanehalli. But people mostly hop into cargo autos at Hosadurga, 20 km away, and arrive at this village with a population of about 650. The repertory theatre, called Shivasanchara, goes touring in a van donated by an industrialist.
Source: Deccan Herald (http://www.deccanherald.com/content/43676/stage-set-sanehalli.html)
December 29th, 2009, 07:14 PM
^^ Great Krishnamoorthy
December 31st, 2009, 08:06 PM
BANGALORE: ORB Energy will be installing five innovative solar kiosks in rural areas for their client Comat Technologies.
The solar kiosks will be installed at Sadalga in Belgaum, Kerur in Bagalkot, Ronur in Kolar, Talaku in Chitradurga and Moka in Bellary.
These systems were donated by Tom Singh, a leading UK entrepreneur with interests in renewable energy, to demonstrate the enormous potential for solar energy to power Comat’s kiosks.
“Solar kiosks are the ideal way to deliver essential services in rural India.
Powered by solar energy, these kiosks can function consistently for longer periods, ensuring no disruption for Comat’s customers to access critical services,” Damian Miller, CEO of Orb Energy, said.
Source: EB (http://www.expressbuzz.com/edition/story.aspx?Title=Solar+kiosks+in+rural+areas&artid=WgO8OkV1NtA=&SectionID=Qz/kHVp9tEs=&MainSectionID=wIcBMLGbUJI=&SectionName=UOaHCPTTmuP3XGzZRCAUTQ==&SEO=)
December 31st, 2009, 08:09 PM
National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development (Nabard), which recently increased the corpus of its Tribal Development Fund (TDF) to Rs 600 crore, has launched six projects for the integrated development of tribals in Karnataka.
Nabard has launched its popular 'Wadi' (means garden) programme, a tree-based farming system, in six places in the state, such as Pavagada in Tumkur district, Gundlupet in Chamarajanagar district, Bagepalli in Chikballapur district, H D Kote in Mysore district, Challakere in Chitradurga district and Raichur. Nabard will spend Rs 18.7 crore on implementation of this programme, said Venkatesh Tagat, chief general manager, Nabard.
"The main objective of the programme is to achieve sustainable development of the poorest of the tribal families through a combination of interventions. As part of this programme we will provide financial grant to 1,000 tribal families in each of the six places for six years. We monitor it to see that by end of the programme the tribal families start earning their livelihood," Tagat told Business Standard.
The agriculture credit organisation had started the TDF with a corpus of Rs 50 crore in 2004 with a view to uplift the tribal population, which constitutes 8 per cent of the national population.
The integrated tribal development projects through 'Wadi' approach were first launched in Gujarat with a sponsorship from KfW of Germany and later extended to parts of Maharashtra. Wadi is a combination of fruit crops suitable to the area, with forestry species on the periphery of the land holdings. Two or more tree crops are selected in the ‘Wadi’ model to minimise biological and marketing risks. While the fruit plants generate income after 4-5 years, the forestry species provide a fence and also act as a shelter belt.
Under the tribal development programme, Nabard has so far released Rs 3.87 crore. So far, a major work that has been taken up is in the Pavagada area, where tribal families have been assisted to plant 30,000 mango saplings over 860 acres.
The tribals will also be encouraged to use modern fertiliser and seeds for agriculture activities apart from planting trees, Tagat said.
The projects under TDF will be implemented through community-based organisations or non-government organisations that have sound managerial and financial capabilities and that are registered and are working in the project area. The tribals will also be encouraged to take up plantation of cashew, sapota, aonla along with multi-purpose fast growing forestry species in their areas.
Other interventions include income generation activities for landless, women development, micro enterprises development for landless families and, health and drudgery reduction among others, Tagat said.
During the next financial year, Nabard plans to take up six more such projects in the districts of Uttara Kannada, Belgaum, Kolar among others, he added.
Source: BS (http://www.business-standard.com/india/storypage.php?autono=381308)
January 1st, 2010, 06:23 AM
The state government is set to tackle the problem of delayed payment of wages under the National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme (NREGS) in the New Year.
The Department of Rural Development will now directly transfer funds to 52,716 panchayats, instead of the existing practice of routing these through the districts. The change is expected to expedite payments within two months.
On Thursday, the department made a beginning by transferring funds to panchayats in six districts.
By January 5, at least the first installment will be sent to every panchayat, said an official.
Uttar Pradesh is the first state where the new system will be introduced across the state at one go. It was first introduced in a small manner in Karnataka in June, and is being gradually extended to the rest of the state.
So far, there was a three-tier system for disbursing funds. Under this system, the Central government transfers the funds under NREGS to the state government, which in turn transfers these to the districts from where the funds are sent to the gram panchayats.
The district magistrate, chief development officer and the district rural development authority were authorised with the job to transfer money to the panchayat accounts.
The process was time-consuming and was believed to be the main cause of delayed payments.
With the work of disbursing funds taken away from them, the district authorities will now have a new role as monitors — keeping a better check on the utilisation of funds. This method will also ensure that all the panchayats will have their accounts in nationalised banks.
Currently, several panchayats have their accounts with the co-operative banks and there have been complaints of irregularities.
The Rural Development Department is talking with the banks to bring the panchayats under the core banking cover for quicker transfer.
Speaking about the initiative, Principal Secretary (Rural Development) Shrikrishna said: “We are a big state with the biggest NREGS budget. But the three-tier system was taking a lot of time and none of the panchayats were able to make clearances on time.”
“The delay in clearances resulted in late beginning of the second line of projects, hence delaying the entire programme. We are sure that this direct transfer system will go a long way in streamlining financial utilisation of NREGS funds in the state,” he added.
Source: IE (http://www.indianexpress.com/news/in-new-year-no-delay-in-nregs-payment/562144/2)
Children engaged for work under MGREGA (http://www.hindu.com/2010/01/01/stories/2010010156650300.htm) :ohno:
January 2nd, 2010, 01:48 PM
Bangalore: Well, the people of rural Karnataka has to believe that something is coming their home for which they looking for long time in past. The Karnataka has taken initiative programme which will help rural areas in the power-starved state get 24-hour supply for irrigation pump sets, Energy Minister K S Eshwarappa informed.
The government has named the programmme as ‘Nirantarajyoti’ and it is based on similar project of Gujarat, which would ensure power supply for street lighting in villages. Union Power Minister Sushil Kumar Shinde will inaugurate it on the coming January 16.
Interacting with media , he said the first phase to be launched on January 16 would cover rural areas in 74 taluks at a cost of Rs 1,204 crore. The second phase covering rural areas in 54 taluks would be launched at a cost of Rs 920 crore in March.
Source: MyNews.in (http://www.mynews.in/News/Minister_promises_24-hr_power_supply_in_rural_Karnataka__N34265.html)
January 4th, 2010, 05:40 AM
National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development (Nabard) has estimated a credit flow potential of Rs 31,254.74 crore for the priority sector in Karnataka, for 2010-11, an increase of 13.5 per cent over the present year.
According to the potential-linked credit plan (PLCP) prepared by Nabard, the share of crop loan constitutes 45.6 per cent of the potential, estimated at Rs 14,247 crore, followed by other priority sector at 28.5 per cent or Rs 8,909 crore, agricultural term loan at 14.9 per cent at Rs 4,667 crore and non farm sector at 11 per cent or Rs 3,430 crore.
In its action plan to realise the potential next fiscal, Nabard has highlighted some issues that need to be addressed. It is important to ensure the availability of required quantities of quality seeds, fertiliser and pesticides, effective system to check sale of spurious fertiliser, pesticides, activation of seed certification machinery and other regulatory mechanism.
Formation of oral lessees, share croppers, landless farmers into joint liability groups (JLGs) on the pattern of SHGs and their linkage with banks, provision of adequate extension services to farmers, are the issues that need to be addressed, Nabard said in its focus paper.
The credit flow potential for farm mechanisation for 2010-11 has been estimated at Rs 787 crore, horticulture at Rs 908 crore and animal husbandry Rs 722 crore. Of this, Rs 475 crore is for dairy, Rs 156 crore for poultry and Rs 91 crore for sheep, goat and piggery development. Nabard has estimated the potential for wasteland development at Rs 49 crore and fisheries at Rs 64 crore for the next fiscal.
For the development of water resources in the state, Nabard has estimated the credit potential at Rs 595 crore during 2010-11. The ultimate irrigation potential in the state from all sources is estimated to be 6.1 million hectares.
Of the 176 taluks in the state, 65 are over-exploited, three are critical and 14 are semi-critical in terms of ground water status. Bijapur, Belgaum, Raichur, Bellary and Dharwad districts are facing the problem of salinity and districts like Tumkur, Kolar, Bangalore, Gulbarga, Bellary and Raichur have fluoride problem.
Since almost 50 per cent of the state’s area is under critical condition with respect to its ground water availability, greater emphasis should be laid on recharging groundwater, promoting micro irrigation and other water-saving techniques on a watershed basis. Through participatory water management, proper regulatory mechanism for use of ground water for agriculture purposes, has to be put in place by the state government, the state focus paper said.
Other areas of focus are improvement of energy use efficiency and energisation of pump sets, promote rainwater harvesting / rooftop water harvesting structures, artificial recharge of dug wells and cost effective recharge structures.
Source: BS (http://www.business-standard.com/india/storypage.php?autono=381568)
January 4th, 2010, 01:55 PM
BANGALORE: On the heels of bringing the concept of rural Business Process Outsourcing (BPOs) units into life, Karnataka is all set to have another first-time entry on the IT map — a special outsourcing centre that employs only widows is setting up shop in Bangalore.
Vindhya E Infomedia Private Limited, which is setting up the ‘All widows’ BPO near Magadi Road is already operating a call centre which employs physically challenged persons at an adjacent facility. The company offers back office non-voice services for both MNCs and domestic players.
“Our vision is to bring business and philanthropy together.
Normally, business goes on one side and philanthropy is done separately through ‘corporate social responsibility’ activities.
We are doing both at the same time,” said Ashok Giri, CEO of Vindhya E Infomedia Private Limited.
From a list of 7,000 widows from Karnataka, 250 have been short-listed for interviews. After a candidate clears the interview, she would be trained for about 3-4 weeks before hitting the floor, added Giri.
Based on the success of the unique business venture for the physically disabled, the company is planning to expand into a village as getting all physically disabled persons to the city is difficult.
About 150 people will be employed at a new BPO which will come up in Chikkanayakana Halli in Tumkur District.
Earlier this year, the Karnataka government set up the first rural BPO centre in the country at Srirangapattana. This has been followed by 20 centres in different parts of the state which have altogether provided employment to thousands of rural people.
The IT department has set apart Rs 40 crore to start 100 such BPO centres.
Source: EB (http://www.expressbuzz.com/edition/story.aspx?Title=Now,+a+BPO+in+Blore+that+employes+only+widows&artid=6RBCwa/vAXc=&SectionID=Qz/kHVp9tEs=&MainSectionID=Qz/kHVp9tEs=&SEO=&SectionName=UOaHCPTTmuP3XGzZRCAUTQ==)
If a window remarries whether she will loose the job?
January 5th, 2010, 07:01 AM
* A pilot project has been launched in six districts
* Data, fingerprints will be collected soon
Chitradurga: Over 53 lakh cardholders under the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (MGREGA) and 30.49 lakh social security pensioners in the State will no longer have to go to the bank to collect their money, and they can also be sure that their money will not be withdrawn by someone else.
The State Government in association with the Reserve Bank of India and the State-Level Bankers’ Committee (SLBC) has launched a pilot project to issue smart cards in Gulbarga, Chitradurga, Bellary, Chamarajanagar, Mandya and Dharwad districts.
The objective of the project is to prevent corruption in the job scheme and in the disbursing of pension.
“The Government decided to launch the project after receiving reports of corruption where money of the beneficiaries was being embezzled,” MGREGA project director P.C. Jaffer said.
After studying its impact, the projectwould be extended to other parts of the State.
Giving details of the project, regional manager of Integra Micro System N. Krishna Murthy said that the agency would first collect data of the beneficiaries from banks and the Government.
Integra is one of the three implementing agencies in the State, which will provide smart cards.
With the help of zilla panchayats and local bodies, the agency representatives would visit towns and villages to collect photographs and fingerprints of the beneficiaries. “As part of scrutiny we will match the available information with the new data before photographing the beneficiaries. Only after confirmation will we proceed further, ” he said.
Mr. Murthy said that the information collected would be stored in a microchip inthe smart card.
“Once the cards are given to the beneficiaries, a business correspondent will be appointed who will withdraw money from the bank based on the number of cards in the village, and distribute it among the beneficiaries. He will carry an integrated biometric-enabled portable battery-operated machine for distributing the money”, Mr. Murthy said. He said that data was being collected from cardholders in the district, and the project was expected to be completed in six months. He claimed that the system would help in checking corruption in welfare programmes. Mr. Murthy said that wide publicity and support from the district administration was necessary for successful implementation of the project.
Source: The Hindu (http://www.hindu.com/2010/01/05/stories/2010010552340300.htm)
January 6th, 2010, 05:50 AM
BANGALORE: The state government is seeking to extend the benefit of the Yashaswini health insurance scheme to folk artistes—both the Janapada artistes and other theatre persons, Minister for Cooperation Lakshman Savadi said on Tuesday.
He said the measure would mean an additional budget allocation of Rs 10 crore for the Yashaswini scheme, previously allocated Rs 40 crore.
The Co-operation department had asked the Karnataka Janapada Academy to identify or issue ID cards to folk artistes to facilitate the identification of beneficiaries, Savadi said. The cards would also keep vested interests from taking undue advantage of the measure.
A significant number among the rural populace thrive on theatre and folk arts for their livelihood, the minister noted.
As of October, 2009, about 32,17,229 people are enrolled under the Yashaswini scheme.
Also, as of October, the government had spent Rs 18 crore of the Rs 40 crore allocated for the financial period 2009-10.
Source: EB (http://www.expressbuzz.com/edition/story.aspx?Title=Folk+artistes+to+be+insured+further&artid=n7kihsbfN5Q=&SectionID=Qz/kHVp9tEs=&MainSectionID=wIcBMLGbUJI=&SectionName=UOaHCPTTmuP3XGzZRCAUTQ==&SEO=)
January 6th, 2010, 09:36 AM
National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme (NREGS) has registered a satisfactory percentage of achievements in Udupi district.
The hundred days of employment scheme has been doing well besides offering income security to the people residing in the rural areas of the district.
Speaking to Deccan Herald, Chief Executive Officer of Udupi Zilla Panchayat Pranesh informed that as many as 0.12851 lakh households have been incorporated in the scheme as on date during the current financial year. The total fund allocated for the purpose during the current financial year is Rs 8.88 crore, of which Rs 4.04 crore has already been spent. As many as 2,632 works have been taken up under the programme, of which 136 have been completed while 2,496 are under progress. As many as 33,417 households have received job cards in the district. Currently 9,912 households are working under NREGS.
Works related to flood control, rural connectivity, water conservation and water harvesting, renovation of traditional water bodies, drought proofing, irrigation canals, and irrigation facilities to SC, ST, and land development were taken up under the project and very few of them have been suspended during the period. Majority of the works were completed as per the chalked out plan and the day wise attendance percentage of the labourers was optimistic.
Kundapur taluk has registered maximum of all the three taluks in the category of period wise employment provided. Udupi is second in the chart.
The National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme is a ray of hope in the district inspite of the hue and cry by the labourers demanding hike in the wages offered, the CEO added.
Source: DHNS (http://www.deccanherald.com/content/45104/33417-households-receive-job-cards.html)
Lack of a bridge keeps Yennehole isolated (http://www.deccanherald.com/content/45105/lack-bridge-keeps-yennehole-isolated.html)
No news and snaps of flood rehabilitation works of NE Karnataka?
January 7th, 2010, 05:48 AM
HASSAN: Members of the Hassan Zilla Panchayat, cutting across party lines, have expressed dissatisfaction over the progress of development projects in the district. Apart from the schemes under the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (MGREGA), no other project was being taken up, they said.
At the zilla panchayat meeting here on Wednesday, Venkatesh, Kumaraswamy and Punith claimed that work on all projects had stalled, and no sanitation work had been taken up in villages. Some villages were also reeling under drinking water scarcity, they said.
Former zilla panchayat president Hutchhe Gowda alleged no funds had been released for development work after the formation of the Bharatiya Janata Party Government. This held true even for gram panchayats and taluk panchayats, he said.
The zilla panchayat members decided to take a delegation to the Chief Minister to appeal for cancellation of package tenders, and permit local bodies to execute these works piecemeal.
Premamma expressed concern over the attitude of doctors at Bageshpura village in Arsikere taluk. Zilla panchayat chief executive officer S.N. Prasanna Kumar directed the District Health Officer to conduct an inquiry and submit a report. Member from Hanabalu, Mr. Kumaraswamy, said that two primary school teachers from Hurudi in Sakleshpur taluk and Neraligi in Arsikere taluk had been on unauthorised leave for five years. Yet, the Deputy Director of Public Instruction had not dismissed them, he said.
Source: The Hindu (http://www.hindu.com/2010/01/07/stories/2010010752410300.htm)
January 11th, 2010, 07:41 AM
* First rural BPO in HK region set up in Tadola village
* Initially, the BPO will provide direct employment to 200 youth
* Aim of the BPO is to bridge the gap between information haves and have-nots
Tadola Village (Bidar district): The first rural business process outsourcing (BPO) unit in the Hyderabad Karnataka region was inaugurated on Thursday at Tadola village in Basavakalyan taluk of Bidar district.
It will start functioning in a week’s time. The brainchild of Rotary Governor Neville Irani and IT professional Prasanna Naik, the BPO has been established under the banner of Prawarda Nagavi Udyog Kendra with the objective of opening new avenues of employment for unemployed youth in rural areas.
The centre was formally inaugurated by Secretary of Hyderabad Karnataka Development Board Shalini Rajneesh Goel.
Mr. Naik said that initially the BPO would have 50 work stations, and the number would rise to 100 in about a month.
Initially, the BPO would provide direct employment to 200 youth.
Another 20 people would be recruited at the senior level.
Mr. Naik said that in Gulbarga around 10,000 unemployed youth had been provided training in soft skills and information and communication technologies (ICT) at 500 centres run by Nagavi Infocity. Mr. Naik said that Prawarda and Nagavi Infocity had joined hands to provide training in soft skills and ICT to 12,000 unemployed youth, the majority of whom were school and college dropouts.
He said that the main aim of the rural BPO was to bridge the gap between the information haves and the have-nots by bringing the benefits of ICT closer to the people at the grassroots level through their direct and indirect involvement. The BPO aimed at promoting the use of ICT applications for social and economic development of villages, and testing the viability of various services.
It also aimed at developing a sustainable and scalable business model for each application to re-engineer product supply chain, manage and implement plans related to the ICT centres and ensure their relevance for all the stakeholders.
Mr. Naik said that the BPO would help the district administration become paper-free by digitalising all hospital records along with case history of patients.
Source: The Hindu (http://www.hindu.com/2010/01/11/stories/2010011152750300.htm)
DK farmers cool to organic farming (http://mangalorean.com/news.php?newstype=broadcast&broadcastid=164025)
January 12th, 2010, 06:35 AM
An action plan has been chalked out to construct ten check dams at a cost of Rs 10 lakh in all the Gram Panchayat of the taluk under Mahatma Gandhi Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme, revealed legislator N H Shivashankara Reddy.
Speaking after launching Rs 94-lakh work on construction of a below surface check dam across Uttara Pinakini river in Doddakurugodu village on Monday, the MLA said that each dam could recharge the groundwater in a radius of about 5 km and construction of ten check dams would thus help in replenishing the ground water table to a great extent. This in turn, would increase the water level in borewells. Reddy said that it costs Rs 250 crore to construct check dams in the limits of all Gram Panchayats in the taluk.
Uttara Pinakini river, which runs for 33 kms lacks check dams at few locations as a result of which ground water is depleting. The river water is reaching the tanks in Gangasandra, Gowdagere, Cheegatagere, Maraluru and Haluganahalli through canals.
A check dam was constructed to the river during the tenure of R L Jalappa as Lok Sabha member and R N Lakshmipathi as irrigation minister. Sand mining to a depth of 40 feet has also resulted in depletion of groundwater, he noted.
The MLA disclosed that a Rs 350-crore project has been formulated under Centrally-sponsored AIBP scheme and construction of minor canals, small tanks, interlinking check dams would be taken up at a cost of Rs 60 crore.
The Union government has released a sum of Rs 3 crore to develop Veerasoudha in Vidurshawatha. Tender process has already been completed and the work would commence soon. A sum of Rs 12 crore has been released to develop Bangalore-Hindupur and Sira-Mulbagal road which pass through Gauribidanur town.
A Rs 15-crore project has been sanctioned to the taluk under ‘Nirantara Vidyut’ scheme and when completed, the taluk would get an additional supply of three phase power for 12 hours.
Taluk Panchayat vice-president Prakash Reddy, Assistant Executive Engineer of Minor Irrigation Department G A Nawab Basha, Block Congress president G K Satish and others were present.
Source: DHNS (http://www.deccanherald.com/content/46332/each-gp-have-10-check.html)
Dharwad: MGREGA: officials told to submit progress report (http://www.hindu.com/2010/01/12/stories/2010011251670300.htm)
State to seek funds for MGREGS (http://www.deccanherald.com/content/46277/state-seek-funds-mgregs.html)
January 12th, 2010, 06:41 AM
District-in-Charge Minister J Krishna Palemar said that the government has released Rs 5 crore to implement schemes for the welfare of Koragas in the district.
Addressing reporters after inaugurating a vented dam at Gundavu in Muchooru gram panchayat in the taluk on Monday, Palemar said that the Koraga leaders in the district may submit their suggestions with regard to the implementation of welfare schemes for the community. All Koraga community members should make use of the scheme benefits, he added.
Speaking on the new vented dam, Palemar said that the reservoir would irrigate agriculture fields in about 116 acres of land in Muchooru gram panchayat. The vented dam has been constructed by the Minor Irrigation Department at a cost of Rs 44.96 lakh, he added.
Palemar said that development works worth Rs 2.7 crore under various government schemes have been completed in Muchooru gram panchayat. A total of Rs 33 lakh has been spent to dig borewells and for pipeline laying in Muchoor, which will supply water to about 51 acres of land. Borewells were dug at Kompadavu at a cost of Rs 15 lakh to provide water for families of scheduled tribe under the Tribal Sub Plan, he added.
Other completed development works include, retaining wall for Muchooru Sri Rama Temple constructed at a cost of Rs 30 lakh, works under Suvarna Grama Scheme in Kompada at Rs 58.63 lakh, Works of Swacha Grama Scheme worth Rs 20 lakh and a vented dam of Rs 5 lakh at Balike under Malnadu Area Development Scheme, Palemar said.
While development works worth Rs 12.5 lakh have been taken up under MLA’s fund, three water supply schemes worth Rs 14.90 lakh have been completed under the MP’s fund. Meanwhile, an open well has been dug at Arjunakodi in the village at a cost of Rs 2 lakh, he explained adding that several roads in the village were developed spending Rs 35 lakh under the Chief Minister’s Gram Sadak Yojna.
MP Nalin Kumar Kateel, Zilla Panchayat President Santhosh Kumar Bhandary and Muchooru Gram Panchayat President Janardhana Gowda were present.
Action against illegal sandmining
Palemar said that the government will take necessary measures to prevent the illegal flow of sand from various parts of Dakshina Kannada district to Kerala.
He said that a special team will be formed to check all the routes on which sand is being transported illegally to Kerala. Quoting police report, Palemar said that there are about 23 routes through which sand mining lobbies transport sand to Kerala.
At least 200 additional cops should be deployed to check all these routes, he added. To a query with regard to the illegal use of domestic LPG cylinders in sandmining boats in the district, Palemar said that the matter will be looked into very seriously and also assured necessary action against violators.
Source: DHNS (http://www.deccanherald.com/content/46286/govt-releases-rs-5-crore.html)
January 12th, 2010, 05:42 PM
MANGALORE: For years now, Rama Poojary, an agricultural worker, from Gutthikadu village has not gone to bed without dropping a little part of his day’s wages in a box. The money in the box goes towards paying his monthly water bill on time, a task he never fails to do.
Poojary is not alone, all the 186 beneficiaries of the ‘Community-controlled water management system’ are equally prompt in settling the water bill.
The water supply system in Gutthikadi and Thokur — cluster 1 villages — are well managed, cost-efficient and financially self-sufficient. The consumers do not mind paying for services to private service providers within the deadline, says Pramod Kumar, Zilla Panchayat member, Kinnigoli.
In the late 90s, a string of villages reeling under water scarcity in Dakshina Kannada and Udupi districts were identified by World Bank and subsequently by Rajeev Gandhi Drinking Water Scheme for the implementation of community-based pilot projects.
The projects, however, failed at most places owing to poor infrastructure and lack of co-operation from local people.
Former president of Yuvaka Mandali, T G Bhandary, says that when the water-supply system in Thokur was handed to the community, it had various liabilities including pending bills to Mescom. “Problems like tank-seepages and lack of trained plumbers still bother us,” he says.
In Gutthikadu, Kumar says, the motivating factor for the community to take control of things was the thought that an efficiently-run water supply network could prove to be a permanent solution to the region’s water woes.
Water supply models in Thokur and Gutthikadu depend on open wells and bore-wells. Thokur started by fixing a regular tariff of Rs 100 for the first 10,000 litres and Rs 10 for every additional 1,000 litres of water. By plugging leakages, the tariff was reduced to Rs 75.
Gutthikadu adopted similar steps and ploughed back its profits (Rs 1.27 lakh as on October 2009) to reduce tariff from Rs 50 to Rs 40. Kumar now aims for a tariff as low as Rs 25 by minimising power consumption.
Source: EB (http://www.expressbuzz.com/edition/story.aspx?Title=A+revolution+quenched+a+village%E2%80%99s+thirst&artid=tpwn8S%7Cs2ps=&SectionID=7GUA38txp3s=&MainSectionID=7GUA38txp3s=&SectionName=zkvyRoWGpmWSxZV2TGM5XQ==&SEO=)
January 13th, 2010, 06:24 AM
* ‘ZP will prepare remaining 63 GPs to qualify for Nirmala Grama Puraskar’
* A total of 38,838 BPL families have to construct toilets in their homes
* Monthlong campaign on educating people on using toilets to be launched in GPs
Madikeri: Chief Executive Officer of Kodagu Zilla Panchayat Mirza Akbarulla has said that the whole of Kodagu district will be covered under the Total Sanitation Campaign (TSC) by March.
Mr. Akbarulla was presiding over a meeting on the TSC in his office on Tuesday, an official press release here said. Of the 98 gram panchayats in Kodagu, 35 had won the Nirmala Grama Puraskar for adhering to TSC norms. The ZP would prepare the rest of the 63 gram panchayats to qualify for the awards, Mr. Akbarulla said. A total of 38,838 BPL families had to construct toilets in their homes under the TSC, he said.
The Government was providing a sum of Rs. 3,000 as subsidy to each of the beneficiaries (those constructing toilets). Besides, they were being given financial assistance under the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (MGREGA) to dig pits and lay the foundation for the toilets, he said.
The Director of the Water and Sanitation Wing of the Rural Development and Panchayat Raj Department had evinced interest in preparing all 63 gram panchayats to qualify for the Nirmala Gram Purasakar by March. This had been taken up as a challenge, but everyone involved in the TSC should cooperate to make it successful, Mr. Akbarulla appealed.
For APL families intending to construct toilets, financial assistance would be given under the MGREGA, but they would have to buy construction material on their own. Banks were giving loans for this purpose, he said.
A decision was taken to launch a monthlong publicity campaign in the gram panchayats to educate people on the need to stop the practice of open defecation, maintaining cleanliness and to inculcate the habit of using toilets. The ZP, Department of Information, would be in charge of the programme.
Project Director of the ZP Motappa, who provided statistics, said that a sum of Rs. 4.11 crore had been released to the district so far under the TSC.
Source: The Hindu (http://www.hindu.com/2010/01/13/stories/2010011353210300.htm)
January 13th, 2010, 08:29 PM
Bangalore, Jan 13 (PTI) The first phase of the Karnataka government's 'Nirantar' scheme, envisaging provision of 24 hour power supply to rural areas would be launched on January 16, Energy Minister, K S Eswarappa said here today.
The second phase would be launched in October and the scheme would be completed before March 2011 at a total cost of Rs 1,220 crore, he told reporters here.
To a question on students facing problems owing to erratic power supply, especially during examinations, he said the electricity department would purchase power from other sources to meet the needs of students in the coming months till the exams were over.
Source: PTI (http://www.ptinews.com/news/467392_Nirantar-power-supply-scheme-for-rural-areas-on-Jan-16)
Don't play with life of villagers, MCI told (http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/mysore/Dont-play-with-life-of-villagers-MCI-told/articleshow/5441772.cms)
January 14th, 2010, 06:26 AM
BANGALORE, January 13, 2010: National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development (NABARD) Chairman Umesh Chandra Sarangi on Wednesday stressed a need for enhancing the credit potential in the State by at least by Rs. 10,000 crore in 2010-11 over the previous year of Rs. 27,543 crore.
Speaking at a State Credit Seminar - 2010-11 here, Mr Sarangi said agricultural term loan should be increased by Rs 2,000 crore (from the projected Rs 4,667 crore) and the total from Rs. 31, 254.74 crore to Rs 37,000 crore. NABARD has estimated a credit flow potential of Rs 31,254.74 crore under priority sector in Karnataka for 2010-11, an increase of 13.5 per cent over the previous year.
The share of crop loan formed 45.6 per cent of the total potential estimated, followed by other priority sector at 28.5 per cent, agricultural term loan at 14.9 per cent and non-farm sector at 11 per cent,a state credit seminar was informed today. The seminar is a forum consisting of state government departments, banks and other development agencies, to discuss the NABARD-prepared State Focus Paper (SFP) that contains the aggregation of exploitable potential, estimated for all districts of the State for the coming year. NABARD Chairman Umesh Chandra Sarangi, however, said there is a need to enhance the potential of agricultural term loan by Rs 2,000 crore (from the projected Rs 4,667 crore or 14.9 per cent) and the total to Rs 37,000 crore, from Rs 31,254.74 crore.
Additional Chief Secretary and Finance Secretary M R Srinivasamurthy said the potential estimated for the agricultural term loan is rather inadequate to stimulate growth in the sector and sought it to be raised to at least Rs 7,000 crore-Rs 8,000 crore.
The credit flow to animal husbandry sector has been assessed at Rs. 722.16 crore, of which, the major component is dairy - Rs. 474.88 crore, followed by poultry - Rs. 155.08 crore, and sheep/goat/piggery - Rs. 91.30 crore.
The credit flow the water resources has been estimated at Rs 594.96 crore, Rs. 654.47 crore for land development, Rs. 787.29 crore for farm mechanisation, Rs. 48.92 crore for forestry and wasteland development, Rs. 64.08 crore for fisheries, Rs. 348.36 crore for storage godowns, Rs. 32.28 crore for renewable sources of energy and waste management, and Rs. 505.79 crore for other activities.
The officials said credit flow to the non-farm sector has been estimated at Rs. 3430.09 crore (of which working capital is at Rs. 1527.06 crore and investment credit at Rs. 1903.84 crore) and Rs. 8909.19 crore for under other priority sector (of which, housing is Rs 2821.28 crore).
Under the non-farm sector, the credit would be made available to set up rural BPO units for providing services at taluk and hobli headquarters that have necessary IT infrastructure, especially broadband connectivity. Credit would also be available for to set up handloom/handicrafts, marketing facility, post-harvesting, adoption of technology and exports.
The NABARD and lead banks would pump funds to support self-help groups, infrastructure, financial inclusion and agriculture extension and other services.
The NABARD has prepared district-wise credit projections for 2010-11 and they are: Bagalkot - Rs. 1896.48 crore, Bangalore Rural - Rs. 435.23 crore, Bangalore Urban - Rs. 825.59 crore, Belgaum - Rs. 2653.93 crore, Bellary - Rs. 1789.69 crore, Bidar - Rs. 750.45 crore, Bijapur - Rs. 1023.07 crore, Chamarajangara - Rs. 350.01 crore, Chickballapur - Rs. 346.64 crore, Chikmagalur - Rs. 959.75 crore, Chitradurga - Rs. 722.94 crore, Dakshina Kannada - Rs. 2411.12 crore, Davangere - Rs. 942.92 crore, Dharwad - Rs. 1211.16 crore, Gadag - Rs. 575.40 crore, Gulbarga - 1612.91 crore, Hassan - Rs. 1266.77 crore, Haveri - Rs. 587.13 crore, Kodagu - Rs. 1086.92 crore, Kolar - Rs. 439.76 crore, Koppal - Rs. 511.25 crore, Mandya - Rs. 844.24 crore, Mysore - Rs. 1757.18 crore, Raichur - Rs. 1087.80 crore, Ramangara - Rs. 407.52 crore, Shimoga - Rs. 1493.88 crore, Tumkur - Rs. 997.90 crore, Udupi - Rs. 1341.93 crore, and Uttara Kannada - Rs. 925.04 crore.
Boston Consultancy to restructure NABARD
BANGALORE: National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development would appoint managing consulting firm Boston Consultancy Group (BCG) to prepare a roadmap for its restructuring, its Chairman Umesh Chandra Sarangi said today. "Yes, we are in the process (of appointing BCG)...some more time. It will start (its study), Mr Sarangi told reporters in response to questions on the sidelines of a state credit seminar here.
"Not right now (disinvestment)’’, he said on NABARD being in the list of 25 public sector undertakings by the Centre for disinvestment. At least I am not aware of it." He said NABARD would undertake an overall repositioning exercise, and is looking at various possibilities that make it a viable commercial entity.
Noting that NABARD is investing its profits into various development funds in the areas of watershed, cooperative and technology transfer to farmers, among others, the Chairman said "We need to have continuous flow of money in these funds to enable us to expand activities in large scale all over the country.
He said NABARD is aiming to form one lakh ‘joint liability groups’ of farmers, particularly small and marginal ones, in the next financial year. Under this initiative, the groups would be trained on how to work and access inputs and capital together from banks under joint liability.
He said a report of the Task Force on Farmers’ Indebtedness would be submitted to the Centre in March. Mr Sarangi, who is also the chairman of the Task Force, said already it had held two meetings and one more meeting would be held next month to discuss various issues confronting the farmers in the country. The report will be submitted to the Central government in March and it would contain various recommendations for improving the farmers’ livelihood.
The Task Force was constituted in pursuance of the announcement made by the Union Finance Minister in the Budget speech for 2009-2010. The Task Force would look into the issue of a large number of farmers, who had taken loans from private money lenders, not being covered under the loan waiver scheme.
The term of reference to the task force included overview of the existing legislation in the states for regulating loans from private money lenders in the country; review of existing policy measures for addressing the issue of indebtedness arising out of loans from private money lenders and status of its implementation; suggest measures for covering all categories of farmers more particularly small and marginal farmers, tenant farmers, share croppers and oral lessees with the institutional credit fold to meet their credit requirements in order to reduce their dependence on informal sources.
Source: Mangalorean (http://mangalorean.com/news.php?newstype=broadcast&broadcastid=164441)
Belgaum highest, next Dakshina Kannada. Chickballapur lowest.
January 17th, 2010, 06:58 AM
Hubli: Karnataka Power Corporation Limited Managing Director S.M. Jaamdar, Nodal Officer on Flood Relief, has said that work on construction of houses for the displaced persons in 50 villages has begun.
Speaking to presspersons at Hubli Airport during a brief stopover on his way to Haveri, Mr. Jaamdar said land acquisition for the purpose of relocating 50 villages was almost complete. While some of the identified villages will be partially relocated, others are proposed for total relocation.
Read more on The Hindu (http://www.hindu.com/2010/01/17/stories/2010011752550300.htm).
January 19th, 2010, 06:20 AM
A meeting was held on implementation of Suvarna Gramodaya scheme in Yacchanahalli of Srinivaspur taluk on Monday.
Addressing the villagers at the meeting Legislative Council member Y A Narayanaswamy said the government has introduced the scheme to ensure each and every village gets basic facilities and also to check migration to the urban areas. He rued that the agriculture sector has suffered setback as the village youth are migrating to the urban areas in search of jobs.
Explaining the details of the scheme, he said the task of preparing action plan for the project has been entrusted to Swatantrya Senani Venkatappashetty Memorial Public Charitable Trust. He told the villagers to bury their differences and co-operate in preparing and implementing the action plan in the interest of the village.
Other plans he put forth at the meeting are: the farmers should voluntarily clear encroachment upon tanks and lake beds and ensure free flow of rainwater into the lakes. Besides, ‘rajakaluve’ or feeder channels should be constructed and priority should be accorded to the rejuvenation of lakes.
He called upon the public to support the rally to be held demanding regular drinking water supply in the district.
ZP former president Nagarathnamma, after inaugurating the meeting, said that the villagers should avail of the schemes and facilities provided by the government. She told them to pay attention to maintain hygienic conditions in the village as a step towards realising the Gandhiji’s dream of ‘Rama Rajya,’ she added.
Gram Panchayat President Maniganahalli Venkatareddy, leaders Kotruguli Venkataramareddy, Anjinappa, Noorsab, Narayanagowda, BEO Victor, Taluk Horticulture Department Assistant Director Srinivas, Assistant Executive Engineer Ravindranath, veterinarian Dr Venkatesh, SSVS Trust Secretary Srinivasmurthy and Nagaraj were present in the meeting.
Source: DHNS (http://www.deccanherald.com/content/47542/model-plans-village-offing.html)
Kolar beats C’ballapur in MGREGS (http://www.deccanherald.com/content/47548/kolar-beats-cballapur-mgregs.html)
Kolar has a lead over Chikkaballapur in implementation of the ambitious Mahatma Gandhi Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme. Out of Rs 250 crore each released to both districts, Rs 150 cr has been spent in Kolar while it is only Rs 60 crore in Chikkaballapur district.
Six projects launched for tribal people (http://www.hindu.com/2010/01/19/stories/2010011959860600.htm)
Rs. 350-crore credit plan for Chamarajanagar district (http://www.hindu.com/2010/01/18/stories/2010011852190300.htm)
Farmers offered incentives to grow ‘Nanjangud rasabale’ (http://www.hindu.com/2010/01/18/stories/2010011858040600.htm)
January 19th, 2010, 08:44 AM
Source : http://www.hindu.com/2010/01/19/stories/2010011959440300.htm
PUTTUR (DAKSHINA KANNADA): Chief Minister B.S. Yeddyurappa said here on Monday that the Government will provide 10 acres of land in Bangalore to Central Arecanut and Cocoa Marketing and Processing Cooperative Ltd. (CAMPCO) to open a chocolate factory there.
He was speaking after inaugurating the upgraded chocolate unit at the CAMPCO factory here.
Earlier, S.R. Rangamurthy, who recently quit as president of CAMPCO, told the Chief Minister that the cooperative would open afactory at Bangalore, provided the Government gave the land.
Mr. Yeddyurappa said that efforts would be made to announce a minimum support price for arecanut between January and April from next year, as it was the marketing season for the produce. Mr. Rangamurthy said that CAMPCO was no longer carrying forward any accumulated loss. It was earning a profit of Rs. 1 crore every month, he said. The Puttur chocolate unit had been upgraded at an estimated cost of Rs. 7 crore. With this, its annual production capacity would increase from 12,000 tonnes to 17,000 tonnes. The cooperative was exporting 15 containers of drinking chocolate to Africa every month.
Earlier, the Chief Minister participated in the valedictory of the centenary celebrations of Puttur Cooperative Town Bank. He felicitated Peraje Srinivasa Rao and Narasihma Nayak, senior citizens who have been working in the cooperative sector for long.
Later, the Chief Minister told presspersons that the Government would not forcibly acquire land for the second phase of the Mangalore Special Economic Zone (MSEZ) project. He would hold talks with the head of the Pejawar Math, Visvesha Tirtha, and elected representatives of the region. .“It is also important to set up industries. We will talk to those who are opposing the project and try to convince them,” he said. D.V. Sadananda Gowda and Nalin Kumar Kateel, MPs; Mallika Prasad and N. Yogish Bhat, MLAs; were present.
January 20th, 2010, 06:44 PM
Wheels of fortune roll into this village
Vincent D'Souza, TNN, 20 January 2010, 09:43pm IST
HUBLI: The name of this village suggests it is a land of gold. But Hirehonnihalli, a village which is located less than 20 kilometres away from
Hubli, had few signs of prosperity as it was cut off from the rest of the world. Well, almost.
All these years, there was no dedicated bus to the village. Buses from Hubli would stop at Hirehonnihalli before moving over to other villages. This had its share of problems. To start with, there were not many buses. Secondly, buses coming from other villages were invariably overcrowded and plied at odd hours that were not suitable for their requirements. Villagers, most of whom work on a farm or rear cattle, continued to suffer as they could not take farm produce or milk to the market easily. The villagers had to mostly depend on three-wheelers or tempos to reach the city or to ship milk and farm products.
This affected people in the village that has around 1,500 families. They decided to get together and demand a dedicated bus service to their village. However, this agitation dragged on for nearly 20 years as their pleas seemed to fall on deaf ears.
Teachers treated a transfer to the government school here as a curse as they usually lived in Hubli and commuted daily. The poor bus facility made parents force their daughters to drop out as they could not reach colleges in Hubli easily or on time.
However, on Tuesday, the fortunes of villagers were all set to change. A dedicated NWKRTC bus rolled into the village making it a red-letter day in its history. Men and women, young and old, gathered at the heart of the village to celebrate. While men tied plantain stems to the bus and glued roses all over it, women put tilaks on the wind screen and performed aarati. The driver and conductor were treated like VIPs. They were garlanded and cheered. Just as the bus began moving by crushing lemons, people distributed sweets. Students and office goers got in first. Students occupied the window seats with cheer. Some villagers made unplanned trips to Hubli, just for kicks.
Village heads made speeches and credited the success to the unity shown by people in their continuous struggle. The women promised they would send girls to schools and colleges outside the village. NWKRTC officials said the bus will make five trips between Hubli and Hirehonnihalli a day.
January 20th, 2010, 09:01 PM
Now it’s organic urea in C’magalur
Chikmagalur, Jan 20, DHNS
The farmers who were using urea in their farms are now busy in preparing ‘organic urea.’ As an alternative to the chemical fertilizer urea, the farmers of the region have started preparing organic urea or black urea which has no harm to the agriculture land. The result is also good, says Bhoomi Susthira Institute Director Ravi.
Farmer Rohith busy in preparing organic urea in Kodadinne village of Phalguni Gram Panchayat. dh photoSeveral farmers are preparing urea in a traditional method in and around Phalguni. The organic urea has given expected result on fields. However, the system has not been discussed scientifically. Under SKDRDP’s integrated agriculture unit project, emphasis is given for the preparation of organic urea, says SKDRDP Agriculture Officer Chidananda.
According to the farmers, a tank of three feet wide and two feet long must be constructed near the cow shed. The dry sand after sieving should be filled to the tank. Every day 5 to 6 litres of Ganjala (cow urine) should be poured inside the tank. After 15 to 20 days one can find Ganjala without being sucked by sand. After this, one should stop pouring Ganjala to the tank and sand should be made to remain in the tank. Now the urea is ready for use.
Before using the organic urea, one should dry it in shade. Before sowing, the urea should be used. For the irrigated land, the organic urea can be used directly. Organic urea supplies nitrogen to the soil. It also helps in maintaining the humidity. It also supplies more nutrients to the soil. In Malnad, it is used mainly for paddy, says Mudigere farmer Rohith.
January 20th, 2010, 09:06 PM
Milk route to get life once again
Chikmagalur, Jan 20, DHNS
District-in-Charge Minister K S Eshwarappa directed Hassan Milk Federation officials to start the proposed milk route by February 1, in Sringeri.
District-in-Charge Minister K S Eshwarappa speaking at a review meeting. dh photoSpeaking at a review meeting, he said “the milk route must be started at any cost in the next month. If there is any loss, it will be borne by the Zilla Panchayat.”
Sringeri MLA D N Jeevaraj and Chikmagalur MLA C T Ravi took Hassan Milk Federation officials to task for delaying the project. They said “milk route should be started to help the poor. Politics should not come in the way of implementing the project.”
Ravi aid “Bikanahalli and Moogthihalli units have been suspended without any reason.”
Minister directed the Zilla Panchayat EO to send the declaration copy of the Zilla Meeting to held on January 28 to the officials. MLA K M Krishnamurthy said that the government should release funds for the purchase of medicines.
“Food and Civil Supplies have failed in distributing ration cards to the beneficiaries. During the re-survey on BPL card, the eligible have been denied of the BPL cards. Tractor owner has received BPL card while the driver has received APL card, said Ravi.
Several projects undertaken by the Zilla Panchayat Engineering and PWD are moving in a snail’s pace. The work on roads, bridges, drinking water projects which have been started four years ago have not been completed, said Jeevraj.
Minister directed the officials concerned to complete all the pending works by March 31.
Standing Committee President Radha Sundaresh said “crops have been damaged owing to the unseasonal rains. Compensation should be paid to the farmers.”
MLA Krishnamurthy urged the Minister to set up an office of minor irrigation in Chikmagalur district. Land should be provided for the construction of ITI and PU College builidngs in Sakharayapattana, said Ravi.
Deputy Commissioner R Narayanaswamy, ZP CEO Ramanna, MP D V Sadananda Gowda were present.
ChickMangaluru,small sister of Mangaluru :happy:
January 21st, 2010, 04:54 AM
As many as 23 Gram Panchayats in the district will be receiving Nirmal Gram Puraskar on January 28. With this all 203 GPs in the district will be getting the Nirmal Gram tag.
District Chief Planning Officer T J Takat Rao informed this to the district vigilance and monitoring committee meeting chaired by MP Nalin Kumar Kateel at Zilla Panchayat here on Wednesday.
Nirmal Gram tag for all GPs in the district will make way for a district-level award in the coming year, he said. A total of 49 villages received the award in 2007-08 while 131 villages received the award in 2008-09.
Belthangady, Puttur and Bantwal taluks have already received the taluk-level awards. Mangalore and Sullia had applied for the awards but the inspection team found plastic in Konaje (Mangalore) and in Kalmadka (Sullia) and hence the applications were rejected, he informed.
In the backdrop of complaints from the representatives of Taluk Panchayats regarding the delay in the implementation of projects under various Centrally sponsored schemes, the MP asked the officials to come with proper information or face disciplinary actions.
The Executive Engineer of the Panchayat Raj Engineering Department had stated in the review meeting held on December 20, 2008 that two road projects in Edapadav in Bantwal taluk would be completed within February 2009. However, works have not been done till date.
When the MP enquired the official on the lapse, he said that the project has been completed just three days back. When the MP himself said that the project has not been started yet, the official had to keep quiet.
In contrast to the statement by the Mangalore Taluk Panchayat Executive Officer that a total of five posts of GP secretaries are vacant in the taluk, a Zilla Panchayat official said that only three such posts are vacant in the entire district, which created confusion in the meeting. Kateel asked the officials to submit a clear report.
A GP representative complained that not a single house has been sanctioned to Ulaibettu village in the past four years, in response to which the officials stated that nine houses have been sanctioned to the village in 2009-10.
The officials informed that a total of 18,480 job cards have been distributed to beneficiaries in Puttur taluk under the MGREGS, while 9,424 cards have been distributed in Sullia taluk, 12,254 cards in Puttur, 10,003 cards in Mangalre, 21,276 in Belthangady. Works of Rs 2.47 crore have been completed in Bantwal, and of Rs 2.60 crore in Belthangady, they added.
Kateel said the district was lagging in the implementation of the scheme six months ago, and now the progress is considerable. The district should top the list, he stressed. The implementation of Indira Awaz scheme is on a slow pace and hence the works should be accelerated, he noted.
As per the statistics, a total of 456 houses have been sanctioned to Bantwal, in which the works of 34 houses are yet to begin. Belthangady has got 388 houses out of which only 43 have been completed. Mangalore has got 312 houses, of which the works of 45 houses are yet to begin. The works of 176 houses in Puttur are in different stages. Of the 243 houses sanctioned to Sullia taluk, 54 are yet to start. PMGSY officials said proposal has been submitted for 36 roads (287.26 km) in different parts of the district for the year 2009-10, which are yet to be approved.
ZP President Santhosh Kumar Bhandary, Vice President Jagannath Salian and Project Director N C Seethamma were present.
Source: DHNS (http://www.deccanherald.com/content/47904/nirmal-gram-tag-all-203.html)
Dakshina Kannada is going to get Nirmala Grama Puraskara and Mangalore will get Most Polluted City award.
^^ It is not "Chickmangaluru" but "Chikkamagaluru". Against Chikkamagaluru we have Hiremagaluru (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hiremagalur) near by. Chikkamagaluru is "Little Duaghter's Village" and Hiremagaluru is "Elder Daughter's Village".
Migratory birds give Chikmagalur a miss (http://www.deccanherald.com/content/47938/migratory-birds-give-chikmagalur-miss.html) :ohno:
January 21st, 2010, 05:15 AM
* Bache Gowda asks officials to tackle water scarcity
* He is not satisfied with the progress of housing schemes
Bangalore: Scarcity of drinking water is a major problem in five towns of Bangalore Rural district — Hoskote, Vijayapura, Devanahalli, Doddaballapur and Nelamangala. Many areas receive water supply through tankers only once in 10 days, said Minister for Labour and district in-charge B.N. Bache Gowda. Speaking to reporters after reviewing the Karnataka Development Programme (KDP) here on Wednesday, he said that borewells were going dry. “Since the district does not have natural water resource, people are forced to dig deeper for water. The district officials have been instructed to ensure that the problem is solved to a large extent before the onset of summer. Once the Upper Bhadra Project is implemented, the drinking water problem will be solved,” he said.
Mr. Gowda said that implementation of the various housing schemes was not satisfactory. “Since 2005-06, there has been only 52 per cent coverage. The projects have been stalled at various stages. The implementation of the schemes in Nelamanagala and Doddaballapur has not been effective. I will discuss this in detail with the officials again,” he said.
He said that while the Government fund allocated per house in towns was Rs. 80,000, it was Rs. 40,000 for those in rural areas. “The members said that Rs. 40,000 was insufficient and that it should be increased to at least Rs. 50,000. I will discuss this with the Government,” he added. The Minister termed the implementation of rural sanitation and National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme (NREGS) programmes as successes. He said the rural sanitation programme had been implemented in 40 of the 98 gram panchayats in the district. “We hope to achieve 100 per cent target by March. The health coverage is good in the district,” he said.
About NREGS, he said that Rs. 34 crore had been spent and two lakh job cards issued in the district. The target was to spend Rs. 60 crore. While Rs. 12 crore was spent in Hoskote taluk, Rs. 8.25 crore was spent in Devanahalli taluk, Rs. 8.02 crore in Nelamanagala taluk and Rs. 5.05 crore in Doddaballapur taluk. “We still need Rs. 10 crore. We will send a proposal to the Government,” he said.
Mr. Gowda said the overall progress of works under KDP was around 83 per cent in the district. While the Plan expenditure was Rs. 70 crore, non-Plan expenditure was Rs. 120 crore. “We have spent Rs. 60 crore on various works so far. We hope to ensure 100 per cent implementation of all schemes by the end of March. Funds amounting to Rs. 11.25 crore for various schemes are expected from the Centre,” he added.
M.C. Jayakumar Sonnappa, president, Bangalore Rural ZP; H.M. Rajani Rajanna, vice-president; and Chittaranjan, chief executive officer, were present.
Source: The Hindu (http://www.hindu.com/2010/01/21/stories/2010012159640400.htm)
Don't they have enough rain water for recharging uderground water?
People don't get MGREGS wages for rain harvesting?
What happened to Arkavathi revival plan?
January 21st, 2010, 05:19 AM
CHAMARAJANAGAR: Zilla panchayat president Mahadeva Shetty has said Rs. 21 crore had been released to Chamarajanagar district to implement projects under the Total Sanitation Campaign (TSC).
He was speaking after inaugurating a programme under TSC at Uththavalli on Wednesday. He said 876 villages had been benefitted from the campaign. Each beneficiary would get Rs. 3,500 to construct a toilet.
Source: The Hindu (http://www.hindu.com/2010/01/21/stories/2010012152400300.htm)
January 22nd, 2010, 06:20 AM
Rural Development and Panchayat Raj Minister Jagadish Shettar and Dharmarsthala Dharmadhikari D Veerendra Heggade on Thursday visited the Kongwad village in Navalgund taluk to inspect the model houses constructed by the Dharmasthala Manjunatheshwar Rural Development Board (DMRDB) for the flood-affected people.
The DMRDB is constructing more than 3,000 houses for the flood affected victims in north Karnataka region.
Speaking on the occasion, Heggade said, the DMRDB will be constructing nearly 460 houses at a new location in Kongwad village and each house costs Rs 1.30 lakh. During the first phase, the DMRDB will be constructing 60 model houses with adequate open space to every house. Interested villagers can also build more rooms in the open space according to their need and space availability, he added.
Shettar lauded Heggade for joining hands with the Government and stepping forward to construct more than 3,000 houses for north Karnataka flood victims. He said Heggade had not limited himself to religious programmes, but had contributed immensely for the community service.
Source: DHNS (http://www.deccanherald.com/content/48155/model-houses-flood-affected-families.html)
Model houses to be modified (http://www.hindu.com/2010/01/22/stories/2010012256740300.htm)
HUBLI: Rural Development and Panchayat Raj Minister Jagadish Shettar has said that houses for the displaced people at Kongawada village in Navalgund taluk of Dharwad district will be built after making structural modifications to the model houses built under Sri Kshetra Dharmasthala Gramabhivruddhi Yojane. He was addressing presspersons at Kongawada on Thursday after inspecting the model houses along with Dharmadhikari of Dharmasthala Veerendra Heggade.
January 22nd, 2010, 06:28 AM
Transforming it into a heritage village is expected to cost Rs. 2 crore
Proud profession: A sculptor at work in the village
KOLAR: Shivarapatna, a village in Malur taluk of Kolar district, renowned in the country and abroad for its traditional sculpture, will soon become a heritage sculpture village. The State Government has already set the process in motion.
Shivarapatna is synonymous with the word sculpture with about 700 members of 300 families engaged in it. People from many parts of the country pour into the village to buy sculptures.
Giving the age-old art its traditional importance, the Karnataka Government, in association with the Centre, has decided to make it ‘Paramparika Shilpakala Grama’ (Heritage Sculpture Village) at a cost of Rs. 2 crore.
According to the plan, the project will be executed by the Karnataka State Handicrafts Development Corporation (KSHDC) as the nodal agency. A district-level committee, headed by G.V. Ranga Rao, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the zilla panchayat, was formed to supervise the activities.
Read more on The Hindu (http://www.hindu.com/2010/01/22/stories/2010012252440500.htm).
January 22nd, 2010, 06:53 AM
ChickMangaluru,small sister of Mangaluru :happy:
its chickmagalur.....means small daughters town....not small mangaluru...:lol:
January 22nd, 2010, 06:59 PM
Shimoga, Karnataka, India, Friday, January 22, 2010 -- (Business Wire India)
RuralShores Business Services today announced the opening of their second rural BPO center in Karnataka. The Honorable Chief Minister of Karnataka, Sri B S Yedyurappa inagurated the new center at Thirthahalli, Shimoga District, on 22nd January 2010 in the presence of eager citizens of the district, who will operate this 117-seater state-of-art facility. The center, powered by Cisco technology, will provide employment to nearly 200 rural youth from the town and surrounding villages. These youth, with qualifications ranging from 10th standard to a degree, will first undergo 3 months of training on skill development before working on client processes.
The first center at Bagepalli (Chikkaballapur District, Karnataka) has nearly 150 youth enagaged in process work for leading companies based in the country. These youngsters, predominantly from a farming background with high school education, are delivering excellent work, thanks to intensive training offered by RuralShores.
RuralShores plans to set up 30 more such centers in the rural areas of each district of Karnataka over next 3 years providing training and direct employment to nearly 6000 such youth. Each Rural BPO job can create indirect livelihood opportunities for 3 other people which in turn can touch and benefit the lives of nearly 24,000 people and their families across the state providing a decent living for over one lakh people in Rural Karnataka. RuralShores has worked with Cisco to define the technology architecture for the initiative, in lines with the company’s governance model, which consists of four layers; rural BPO/delivery center, regional centers, hub centers and the data center.
Speaking on the occasion, Sri Yedyurappa said, “There is a significant alignment of goals between the Cisco-RuralShores mission and those of our Government. In that we seek to bring employment opportunities to villages, prevent migration of youth to cities and promote economic and social inclusion”.
While thanking the Government of Karnataka and the Chief minister, Murali Vullaganti, CEO of RuralShores said, “RuralShores founded by eminent leaders from corporate India and supported by leading a financial institution in the country will also fortify the hands of Governments with the twin objectives of fostering rural economy through skill development and employment and to bring efficiency and economics to all clients migrating work to Rural India.”
“We would like to congratulate RuralShores Business Services on the inauguration of their second rural BPO center in Karnataka. This is a significant initiative and Cisco is proud to be associated with it,” said Toby Burton, vice president, Cisco Globalisation Centre, East. “The ability to help private and governmental organisations around the country, to take advantage of the network to promote rural development and employment, is a tremendous opportunity. We're pleased that the RuralShores and the government of Karnataka share this vision and is committed to implementing these programs,” he added. The technology solution would incorporate the latest Cisco technologies for connectivity, computing, security, collaboration, contact center and physical security, amongst others.
RuralShores Business Services (www.ruralshores.com) is a rural-focused socio-commercial initiative dedicated to create employment in villages all over India through the establishment of Rural Business Processing Centers. The organization is geared to set up 500 centers across the country in 6 years, each employing nearly 200 people from surrounding villages. This initiative is expected to create nearly 100,000 direct jobs and 300,000 more indirect livelihood opportunities across Rural India. Promoted by a group of six accomplished professional leaders, the initiative is supported by HDFC Ltd. through equity investments.
Source: Business Wire India (http://www.businesswireindia.com/PressRelease.asp?b2mid=21348)
January 23rd, 2010, 07:45 AM
Source: Hosa Digantha (http://hosadigantha.in/epaper.php)
January 24th, 2010, 05:06 AM
DAVANGERE: Minister for Rural Development and Panchayat Raj Jagadish Shettar has said that villages could be developed comprehensively if schemes under the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act were implemented in toto, apart from providing jobs to farm workers and the poor.
Mr. Shettar was inaugurating various development works at Nyamathi and Surahonne villages of Honnali taluk here on Saturday.
The Minister said no fresh scheme or programme was required for the development of villages if the schemes under the MGREGS were properly implemented. There was no provision to utilise the funds sanctioned under the Act to initiate development projects in the villages.
Mr. Shettar claimed that he had spoken with Union Minister for Rural Development C.P. Joshi to introduce the provisions so that the money sanctioned under the NREGA could be used for all development projects.
Minister for Excise M.R. Renukacharya said the State had never taken such big strides in development in the past. The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) was committed to the development of rural areas and the uplift of the poor.
G.M. Siddeshwar, Davangere MP, was present.
Mr. Shettar inaugurated the new gram panchayat building at Nyamati while Mr. Siddeshwar laid the foundation stone for a permanent water supply project to Surahonne and Nyamati villages.
Source: The Hindu (http://www.hindu.com/2010/01/24/stories/2010012454220400.htm)
Incentives proposed for panchayats whose members get elected unopposed (http://www.hindu.com/2010/01/24/stories/2010012453810300.htm)
Mr. Shettar said that the Centre had released Rs. 2,800 crore to the State Government under the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (MGREGA), and Rs. 1,600 crore had been used till date. The remainder would be used by the end of the financial year, he said.
January 24th, 2010, 05:59 AM
BANGALORE: Karnataka Special Representative in New Delhi and the former Union Minister V. Dhananjay Kumar has said that the Union Government has released a grant of Rs. 957.49 crore to the State on Thursday towards the reconstruction of villages in the flood ravaged areas of north Karnataka. Prime Minister Manmohan Singh after a visit to the flood affected areas had announced a relief of Rs. 1,000 crore to the State of which Rs. 500 crore had already been received. The grant released now was from the National Calamity and Contingency Fund and the total amount received by the State so far was Rs. 1,457.49 crore.
Source: The Hindu (http://www.hindu.com/2010/01/24/stories/2010012454280400.htm)
January 25th, 2010, 06:53 AM
MEGANI (UDUPI): To know why the people of Megani, a small village in Kundapur taluk, sold their village, try visiting it. Hire Chandra’s jeep — a man from Megani who knows the tracks — cross the narrow footbridge over the Kaashihole, a small river adjoining Kollur, and your 10-km-long expedition has begun.
You will pass by thick forests, where the only crackle is that of the jeep’s engine, where trees touch the sky and sunlight does not always reach the ground. For more than half the distance, the vehicle won’t step out of the first gear. At one ominous turn — a curve with an 80 degree gradient — the jeep’s steering may lock, and it will start hurrying down. You will see Chandra’s calisthenics with the brakes, and will feel grateful for his presence.
After a 45-miniute drive on the road which has been on the map for over 30 years but never actually built, comes Megani, the village that sits like a saucer in a beautiful valley.
It has a grim tale to tell.
Two years ago, all the eight Ediga families of the village sold their land to a local businessman for Rs 96 lakh. Their reasons were simple: There is no electricity, no schools and no health centre. About roads, you already know. It is the village that the government forgot when it talked about progress, when it conjured schemes for rural development.
‘‘We were so desperate. All these years we fought to have our basic needs met. We didn’t ask for round-the-clock electricity, a college, a super specialty hospital or a Volvo bus to go to Kollur. The government could not even do a little for us. So we decided to sell the land,’’ says Chandra.
Two years ago they signed to sell their land at Rs 2.10 lakh per acre for paddy fields and Rs 3.10 lakh per acre for areca gardens.
To collect forest produce government had granted them three acres of additional land for every acre they owned. They lost this, too, in the sale.
Now, the villagers have become daily-wage labourers on the land that had been theirs for generations. The businessman who bought their land, pays the men Rs 120 a day for working in the filed; for the same amount of work women get Rs 60 a day.
For generations the Edigas had been content.
Megani is a pretty place, surrounded by hillocks — Attigudde, Gachchigebare, Kunnekatte, Devakunda, Kedalabaale and Yeluhakkalu — on the border between Kundapur taluk of Udupi district and Hosanagar taluk of Shimoga district.
The needs of the people here, were minimal; they cultivated what they wanted — sugarcane, paddy, vegetables, other cereals and pulses.
However, it was when electricity, schools, health centres reached other places that they realised what they had been missing.
A good all-weather road connecting Megani, Goligudde, Halliberu and Sampe villages had been on the top of their agenda for a long time but had never materialised.
The main obstacle in the development of these villages is the fact that they come under the Mookambika wildlife sanctuary area. The road cannot be built because development activity of any kind is not permitted inside the sanctuary.
Vasudeva Bhat, a resident of Goligudde village, who died two months ago, had fought for 30 years to include the road under Kollur Gram Panchayat limits, so that it comes out of the Forest Department’s control. The authorities declared the road up to Goligudde a GP road ignoring the other part that connects to Megani.
In the past 50 years, the people of Megani have seen how the world has changed for everyone but them. They have seen relatives in other villages get educated and seen the hospitals that they have access to.
In Megani, patients are carried to Kollur — a two-and-half hour hike — on stretchers made of bamboo and twigs. Here, men and women remain unmarried because nobody wants an illiterate husband or a wife.
Now, they hope, things will be better. The land was sold on the condition that the buyer will provide them a house in the same area, medical facility, education for the children and transportation between Megani and Kollur at least once a week.
Life has been smooth since. Fourteen children from the village are studying, most of them are staying in Bindoor.
Neelavathi, Padmavathi, Susheela, Jayalakshmi found grooms, and Chandra has the jeep. The businessman has even promised to get the road in a better shape. People have work, handsome wages and weekly offs.
Selling the village was a small price to pay.
More villages on the block
What people in Megani did, others may soon follow. There are thousands of families in despair in villages along the Western Ghats.
Most of these villages come under Wildlife Sanctuary or Reserve Forest or backwaters of a reservoir.
Environmentalist and writer Shivananda Kalave, points out that Shivapura, Neturga, Hebbala, Kodathalli, Suligeri, Kumbri and Diggi village in Joida taluk, Medini, Brahmooru and Marase villages in Kumta taluk, Kanooru fort and surrounding areas in Sagar taluk, Hadigeri in Sharavati valley — all are facing the facing similar problem.
They have lived in these areas since generations, says Kalave adding that had the villagers not protected the forest, there would have been nothing left.
Forest Department should allow these villagers to have minimum facilities.
The act enacted recently to protect the rights of the people living within forest also supports this view, he added.
When Kalave had given a presentation in the Vidhana Soudha to the top officials of Karnataka Government about the plight of Megani, one official close to Chief Minister B S Yeddyurapap had this to say: “It is a problem of just eight familes.”
Source: EB (http://www.expressbuzz.com/edition/story.aspx?Title=They+sold+their+village&artid=2Bdqs%7C%7CoS/U=&SectionID=7GUA38txp3s=&MainSectionID=fyV9T2jIa4A=&SectionName=zkvyRoWGpmWSxZV2TGM5XQ==&SEO=)
January 27th, 2010, 06:48 AM
* Agriculture Minister participates in Republic Day function
* Ravindranath promises speedy completion of Rajanahalli lift irrigation project
* Rural self-employment training centre to come up in Tholahunese village
Davangere: District in-charge and Agriculture Minister S.A. Ravindranath has said that 18-km pipeline has been laid for the Rajanahalli lift irrigation project under which 22 tanks in the dry belt of Davangere district will be filled with water from the Tungabhadra.
He was speaking after hoisting the national flag to mark the Republic Day celebrations here on Tuesday. Mr. Ravindranath said that measures had been taken to speed up the work on Rs.100-crore Rajanahalli lift irrigation project. Once completed, it would solve the drinking water problem in many villages of Davangere district.
On the occasion, stressing on the need to work with the Government for the country’s progress, the Minister called upon the youth to join hands with the Government to build a strong nation.
Rural self-employment training centre would be set up in Tholahunese village on the outskirts of Davangere city at a cost of Rs. 10 crore and thousands of rural unemployed youth would be imparted training in different skills so that they can become self-employed.
Over 20 acres of land near the silk training centre has been identified for setting up the training centre, the Minister said.
Mr. Ravindranath said that over 3.03 lakh seedlings (bio-plants) were planted in the bunds of the fields of the farmers under the “Hasiru Honnu” programme that was launched recently. Villages of five panchayats each in Jagalur, Harpanahalli and Davangere taluks are covered under the programme which is aimed at maintaining ecological balance, he said.
Pleased by its success, Chief Minister B.S. Yeddyurappa has instructed the other districts to implement “Hasiru Honnu” programme, he said.
Under the rural housing scheme, 58,741 houses have been constructed as against the target of constructing 76,781 houses during the current year. Construction of 11,205 is in progress, Mr. Ravindranath said and added that work on construction of 6,835 houses would be taken up shortly.
Over 62,625 quintals of maize has been bought from 672 farmers through the 10 maize procurement centres set up in the district, he said.
Source: The Hindu (http://www.hindu.com/2010/01/27/stories/2010012752120300.htm)
January 27th, 2010, 06:51 AM
* Karunakara Reddy hoists the national flag in Chitradurga
* Brochure of the second National Panchayat Yuva Krida aur Khel Abhiyan released
* National-level junior hockey and handball tournaments to be held in Chitradurga
Chitradurga: District in-charge and Revenue Minister G. Karunakara Reddy has claimed that the BJP Government has taken very little time to complete the work on the relocation of flood-hit villages in north Karnataka in comparison to the time taken by previous governments to complete rehabilitation works in similar situations. “No Government in the past was as quick as the present BJP Government in taking up work on relocation of villages,” he said.
Addressing presspersons after participating in the 61st Republic Day celebrations at Police Parade Ground here on Tuesday, he said that of the 307 villages that are to be shifted, land for 238 villages has been identified. Mr. Reddy said that Deputy Commissioners of the flood-affected districts have been directed to provide the information such as availability of raw materials to the implementing agencies to expedite the works. On the occasion, he released the brochure of the second National Panchayat Yuva Krida aur Khel Abhiyan (PYKKA) scheme, under which the national-level junior hockey and handball tournaments will be held in Chitradurga, Hosadurga will host the judo championship between January 28 and 31.
Source: The Hindu (http://www.hindu.com/2010/01/27/stories/2010012752080300.htm)
January 29th, 2010, 09:22 AM
BANGALORE: Minister for Rural Development and Panchayati Raj Jagadish Shettar on Thursday said that as part of the total sanitation programme, the government proposes to build 33 lakh toilets targeting individual households in the rural limits over the next two years.
The four-year centrally-sponsored programme, which also has seen the recent launch of a parallel state-level programme, has so far ensured toilets for about 22 lakh households in the state, he said.
Shettar was speaking at the Central gover nment’s Nrimala Puraskara awards presentation ceremony at the Raj Bhavan. About 245 gram panchayats which have achieved the total sanitation criteria of toilets for every household were awarded on the occasion.
The minister emphasised on the role of self-help groups like Stree Shakti in the success of the total sanitation campaign.
Bangalore rural district, where 40 GPs had achieved total sanitation, was top among the awardees for 2008-09. Shimoga (39) and Udupi (36) were the notable others.
Source: EB (http://www.expressbuzz.com/edition/story.aspx?Title=Government+plans+33+lakh+toilets+in+rural+areas&artid=K1FA7totmnc=&SectionID=7GUA38txp3s=&MainSectionID=fyV9T2jIa4A=&SectionName=zkvyRoWGpmWSxZV2TGM5XQ==&SEO=)
Adichunchungiri Mutt to build 5,000 houses in flood affected North Karnataka (http://www.expressbuzz.com/edition/story.aspx?Title=Adichunchungiri+Mutt+to+build+5,000+houses&artid=j%7CpKZob2l%7Cs=&SectionID=7GUA38txp3s=&MainSectionID=fyV9T2jIa4A=&SectionName=zkvyRoWGpmWSxZV2TGM5XQ==&SEO=)
January 29th, 2010, 01:21 PM
* Work on formation of layouts for relocating 85 villages has been completed
* Rs. 686.18 crore released for providing relief in the five districts of Gulbarga Revenue Division
* Land yet to be identified for relocating four villages
GULBARGA: Construction of houses has begun in only two of the 136 villages that were identified for relocation in the five districts of Gulbarga Revenue Division after the floods four months ago.
Official sources said here on Thursday that construction of houses had begun for relocating residents of two of the affected villages in Bellary district.
Land was available for relocating 132 of the 136 identified villages, they said, and added that government agencies were looking for land to relocate the remaining four villages — two each in Gulbarga and Koppal districts.
The sources said that work on formation of layouts for relocating 85 villages had been completed. However, work on laying roads, constructing drains and providing basic amenities was yet to be taken up in the new layouts, they said.
Of the Rs. 686.18 crore released by the Government for Gulbarga, Bidar, Raichur, Bellary and Koppal districts to provide relief to those who had lost their houses in the floods, Rs. 473.27 crore had been spent so far, the sources said.
Of the Rs. 213.98 crore released for Raichur district, the administration has spent Rs. 172.88 crore for providing relief. In Bellary district, of the Rs.165.03 crore released by the Government, Rs. 154.22 crore has been spent so far.
In Koppal district, Rs. 154.67 crore was released and the administration has so far spent Rs. 107.86 crore for taking up relief works. In Gulbarga district, Rs. 128.81 crore was released and Rs. 128.51 crore has been spent so far on relief works.
Of the Rs. 23.69 crore released for Bidar district, Rs. 10.55 crore has been spent so far for providing relief.
The sources said that Rs. 226.27 crore had been provided so far as compensation for families whose houses had either collapsed or damaged during the floods in the five districts.
A sum of Rs. 107.26 crore has been disbursed as compensation to farmers for damage to standing crops in the torrential rainfall followed by floods last year.
A sum of Rs. 89.76 crore has been provided as compensation for families whose houses were damaged and Rs. 35.27 crore as compensation for crop loss in Raichur district.
In Bellary district, while Rs. 69.22 crore has been provided as compensation for house damage, Rs. 20.92 crore disbursed to farmers as compensation for loss to standing crops.
In Gulbarga district, Rs. 20.88 crore has been provided as compensation for families whose houses were damaged and Rs. 30.32 crore disbursed to farmers as compensation for loss to standing crops.
Source: The Hindu (http://www.hindu.com/2010/01/29/stories/2010012951620300.htm)
Rs. 300 cr. to be sought for soil reclamation work (http://www.hindu.com/2010/01/29/stories/2010012952340300.htm)
January 30th, 2010, 05:39 AM
Contractors were given Rs 13.42 crore. However, the progress is not even worth Rs one crore.
This is the condition of ambitious Rajiv Gandhi Rural Electrification project in the district. The project aimed at supplying electricity to 30,000 BPL families in 293 villages.
Speaking at the KDP review meeting, CHESCOM Engineer said “Rs 60 crore project will be implemented in the district. Deepak Cables of Bangalore have taken the contract under the project. A sum of Rs 13.42 crore has been given to them. However, they have not completed the work.”
District -in-Charge Minister Krishna Palemar directed the officials to suspend the contract. However, MLC Nanaiah said “if we suspend the contract, they will question it in the court of law. This will delay the work.”
The meet decided to discuss the issue with CHESCOM MD.
Engineer said “the contractors were given Rs 13.42 crore in advance for the purchase of materials. The contractor has purchased Rs 8 crore worth materials. Electricity connection has been given to 2,924 houses spending Rs 94 lakh.”
It has been planned to supply electricity to 30,000 BPL families in the district. TP EOs have already sent 18000 BPL families list. ZP CEO Mirja Akbarulla assured to release the remaining lists at the eatrliest.
Source: DHNS (http://www.deccanherald.com/content/49680/rural-electrification-project-progress-poor.html)
January 30th, 2010, 05:41 AM
Residents of Hanike and Kodikoppal villages pleaded before MLA C T Ravi to spare their land so that they can make a living.
The residents have been left high and dry due to implementation of Belavadikere water project. MLA C T Ravi held inspection of the project on Friday. During his visit women of the said villages spoke about their problems and said that they have no water to drink and no land to live on. Ever since the project was implemented they have been having sleepless nights.
“We are ready to die and kill for our land. Come what may we shall never desert our land,” they said.
However Ravi consoled the farmers by saying that he too hails from an agriculture family had hence knows the problems faced by farmers. “ I will not let anything wrong happen to farmers. I will try my level best to provide more compensation,” he said.
Later, addressing the reporters Ravi said that the first phase of Belavadikere project will be completed by August and the entire project will cost about Rs 13 crore.
He said that first phase will cost Rs 4 crore and a sum of Rs 1.25 crore has ben paid to the contractors. “The project will have a canal of 45 kms. The construction of 3 bridges on State Highway and 2 bridges on district roads are pending,” he said.
He said that the dreams of the people of the region will be fulfiled soon with the completion of the project.
“Land acquisition has been taken up in some places but large area of land is yet to be acquired. Good compensation will be provided to farmers and they will also be allowed to utilise water from the project,” he said and added that the second phase will be completed in January.
CDA President Ranganath, Zilla Panchayat Member Venkatesh and others were present.
Source: DHNS (http://www.deccanherald.com/content/49678/belavadikere-project-completed-august.html)
February 2nd, 2010, 02:54 PM
CISCO’s model houses almost ready
Flood-affected victims are not happy as the dwellings are not that spacious
Finishing touch: Work on this model house near Bichhali village in Raichur taluk is almost over.
IMO other two models above have better scalable architecture, ie, they can be expanded easily.
BTW, isn't Rs.1.80 lakhs too much.
February 2nd, 2010, 03:00 PM
IMO other two models above have better scalable architecture, ie, they can be expanded easily.
BTW, isn't Rs.1.80 lakhs too much.
I was watching TV 9 news just a few days back and there was a report of BJP sporting a lotus engraved ventilator it was in Raichur I guess.Those houses looked pretty bad.
The one constructed by the Adhi mutt is good.:)
February 2nd, 2010, 03:12 PM
Even as the farmers in the drought-hit district are mulling over sinking borewells to a depth of over thousand feet to fetch water, people have taken up rain water harvesting in two villages of the taluk.
Supported by Council for Advancement of Peoples Action and Rural Technology (CAPART), an agency of the Union Ministry of Rural Development, the project to educate people on imperative of taking up rain water harvesting is going at full steam in Seesandra and Seepur villages.
The two villages are selected for the project under which non-governmental organisations will be roped in to motivate people for construction of rain water harvesting structures and create awareness in the community. In the first phase, the work on construction of RWH structures in eight houses of Seepur has begun. Selected families are being trained in maintaining such structures and testing the quality of the water so obtained. The responsibility has been given to Buddha Rural Development Society.
In the second phase, rain water harvesting structures will be constructed in ten houses of Seesandra, one school and one community hall.
Use of environment-friendly technology is the notable feature of the project. In most of the cases, storage tanks are constructed using cement and bricks. But here, ferocement is being utilised which do not cause harm to the environment. The construction labourers are also being trained in this new technology.
The project is being implemented with community participation. While the Union government will bear the 80 pc of the cost incurred, the beneficiary family will have to bear the rest of 20 pc. Roping in the community is expected to ensure success of the project.
“The rain water harvesting structures installed at government schools under Suvarna Jala Yojane are not maintained well.
However, it is an act worth emulating that people of Seepuru and Seesandra have come forward to take up the task,” H S Chowdappa, the secretary of Buddha Rural Development Society told Deccan Herald.
They too have realised that only rain water conservation can guarantee water for future, he said.
Source: DHNS (http://www.deccanherald.com/content/50246/rwh-gaining-ground-kolar-district.html)
February 3rd, 2010, 04:38 PM
Kissan credit cards given to 1216 farmers in Udupi district
Udupi, Feb 2, DHNS:As many as 1216 farmers have been issued the cards under Kissan credit card facility in Udupi district.
A sum of Rs 8.43 crore have been disbursed, said Assistant General Manager of Syndicate Bank Regional Office H Vasanth Nayak.
Speaking at the district- level review committee meeting for banking in Udupi on Tuesday, he informed that during the second quarter that ended on September 30, the banks could disburse loans to the extent of Rs 730 crore against the target of Rs 818 crore recording 89 per cent achievement.
Rs 307 crore out of this was disbursed to the agricultural sector recording 127 per cent achievement against the target of Rs 242 crore. Rs 68 crore was disbursed to industrial sector against a target of Rs 124 crore. The achievement level is 55 per cent. The amount distributed for tertiary sector is Rs 168 crore against the target of Rs 246 crore, recording an achievement level of 68 per cent, he added.
The total deposits of the banking sector in Udupi district stood at Rs 7,082 crore showing a growth of 19 per cent. Total advances stood at Rs 3,366 crore with a growth rate of 14 per cent as on September 30.
Rs 543 crore has been distributed for priority sector against the target of Rs 612 crore, he said and added that Rs 299 crore has been lent to the development programmes of the weaker sections which includes Rs 45 crore earmarked to SC/ST beneficiaries. The programme has covered 72,637 beneficiaries. About 33,781 beneficiaries belonging to minority community have been financially assisted with Rs 305 crore, he said.
Zilla Panchayat CEO D Pranesh Rao, BBI AGM Ravikumar, Lead District Manager B Sathyanarayana and others were present.
February 5th, 2010, 12:05 PM
MLA M P Appachu Ranjan has said that a sum of Rs 5 crore will be released in a phased manner for the Kudige-Shirangala road development out of the total cost of Rs 48 crore.
Addressing the gathering after laying foundation for various development works in Thorenur, Shirangala, Hebbale Gram Panchayat limits, he said that tender will called for Rs 15 crore works at the earliest and two lane works will be started by October. Remaining amount will be released during the course of the work, in phase. He said that Chief Minister has been urged to release Rs 5 crore to take up road and other developmental works in Hebbale Zilla Panchayat area.
“So far as many as 22,000 siteless families have been given title deeds in the taluk. The Government is contemplating to provide Rs 63,000 to each house under Ashraya scheme,” he said. He visited various places where developmental works are being taken up and expressed contentment over the way the works are proceeding. Zilla Panchayat Member H S Ashok kept forth demands of starting Hebbale Government First Grade College, upgradation of Government hospital and opening Morarji Desai Residentia School.
MLA promised him to discuss the same at the Government level and take a decision. Zilla Panchayat President V M Vijay, Taluk Panchayat Member H R Srinivas, Thorenur Gram Panchayat President Vedavathi, Vice-President Lakshmi, former president M S Shanthi, Hebbale GP President H S Raghu, Vice-President H N Rajashekar and others were present.
Rs 5 cr sought
MLA M P Appachu Ranjan has said that government has sent a proposal of Rs 5 crore for reconstrution works in areas damaged to heavy rains.
Inaugurating the developmental works of Rs 1 crore taken up in Kudige-Kudumangaluru Gram Panchayat limits on Wednesday, he said that high mast lights have been installed at 9 places including Hebbale at a cost of Rs 45 lakh.
Source: DHNS (http://www.deccanherald.com/content/50861/rs-5-crore-kudige-shirangala.html)
February 5th, 2010, 02:57 PM
The A.B. Shetty Memorial Institute of Dental Sciences, Mangalore, has set up peripheral health centres in rural areas of various districts in Karnataka and Kerala to strengthen the rural oral health network, according to Mr N. Vinay Hegde, Chancellor of Nitte University. (The institute is a constituent college of Nitte University.) Addressing presspersons here on Thursday, he said the college has set up peripheral health centres in Uttara Kannada, Udupi, Dakshina Kannada, Chikmagalur and Kodagu districts of Karnataka, and in Kasaragod district of Kerala. The institute, which runs a dental college in Mangalore, now treats over one lakh patients a year for dental problems, free of cost, he said. The institute, which was set up in 1985, will launch its silver jubilee celebrations on February 6. Dr Anil Kohli, President of the Dental Council of India, will launch the celebrations, he added. — Our Bureau
Source: The Hindu Business Line (http://www.blonnet.com/2010/02/05/stories/2010020552091900.htm)
February 7th, 2010, 06:54 AM
The National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development (Nabard) has sanctioned Rs 69.89 crore for infrastructure development as the 15th tranche of the Rural Infrastructure Development Fund (RIDF XV) to the Karnataka government. With this, the cumulative sanctions under the present tranche (RIDF XV) to the state have reached Rs 642.36 crore.
This includes Rs 19 crore for 31 minor irrigation projects, Rs 14.60 crore for construction of six government industrial training institutes, Rs 35.56 crore for 69 rural road and 35 bridge projects and Rs 73.14 lakh for the establishment of four rural markets, Venkatesh Tagat, chief general manager, Karnataka region said.
The 31 minor irrigation projects to be implemented by the state water resources department in the nine districts of Bijapur, Bagalkot, Koppal, Gulbarga, Haveri, Dharwad, Davanagere, Chitradurga and Chikkaballapur, on completion, would provide irrigation facilities to 1,837.42 hectares. The projects will also generate recurring employment of 100 jobs per year and non-recurring employment of 667,000 mandays.
The road and bridge projects will provide all-weather roads, to the extent of 184.80 km, to 92 villages, 27 rural marketing centres, and two pilgrimage places. This includes construction of bridge on Asangi-Alur road in Bagalkot district and construction of a bridge on the Madappadi-Khadyaru road in Dakshina Kannada district and one tourist centre, spread across 25 districts in the state.
Non-recurring employment generation from these projects, to be implemented by the three departments of Rural Development and Panchayati Raj, Public Works and Tourism, are expected to be 1.48 million mandays.
The projects for construction of buildings for six government Industrial Training Institutes, in Bangalore (rural), Kodagu, Shimoga and Udupi districts, would be implemented by the Commissioner of Employment and Training, Labour Department, and will provide a more comprehensive infrastructure facilities like classrooms, computer rooms, laboratory, workshops, toilet facilities, among others in these institutes. The projects are likely to generate non-recurring employment of 573,000 mandays and result in additional enrollment of students, Tagat said.
The four rural irrigation projects would be implemented by Karnataka State Agricultural Marketing Board in the three districts of Bagalkot, Gulbarga and Raichur, providing better infrastructure at these marketing centres and would generate non-recurring employment of about 26,000 mandays.
Source: BS (http://www.business-standard.com/india/storypage.php?autono=385043)
February 9th, 2010, 05:24 AM
The State Level Bankers’ Committee (SLBC) has initiated steps to begin a renewed drive to achieve financial inclusion in the state by opening “no frills” accounts for families that do not have a bank account. It has set a target to bring all villages in Karnataka with a population of more than 2,000 under the banking fold by March 31, 2010, a senior banker said.
“All households across all villages in the state which have been issued photo identity cards by the state government will be covered under the financial inclusion programme with the opening of “no frills” accounts by March 31, 2010,” Basant Seth, CMD, Syndicate Bank told the SLBC meeting, here on Monday.
Seth, who is also the chairman of SLBC, said all families who do not have a bank account on the basis of the data from the department of food and civil supplies would be brought under the new programme. In order to focus on the quality of financial inclusion, at least 50 per cent of all the “no frills” accounts existing as on March 31, 2009, would be made active by March 31, 2010.
As another step towards financial inclusion, he said, lead district managers have been instructed to constitute a sub-committee of the district consultative committee to draw up a roadmap by March 2010 to provide banking services through a banking outlet in every village having a population of over 2,000, by March 2011.
In order to step up financial inclusion programme, the banks should make use of technology-based banking models, including Business Correspondents, Business Facilitators.
He, however, advised all banks to not just focus on opening bank accounts, but focus on operationalising such accounts by allowing a small overdraft, issuing general credit card and providing remittance and insurance facility. All banks should at least provide a small overdraft of Rs 500 or some micro insurance/remittance to the “no frills” account holders.
Seth also suggested all banks in the state make all efforts to issue at least 200,000 smart cards by February-end 2010 so that the electronic benefit transfer system (EBT) can be launched across the state on the basis of the experience gained in implementing the pilot projects.
Presently, two pilot projects are underway to implement the EBT system on a ‘One district, One bank’ model in three districts by State Bank of Mysore in Chamarajanagar, Axis Bank in Dharwad and Vijaya Bank in Mandya. The lead banks are implementing other pilot projects in Bellary, Chitradurga and Gulbarga districts for payment of social security pensions and wages under the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme.
Based on the experience, the government will take a decision to implement the better of the two models for extending EBT scheme to the entire state, Seth added.
Source: BS (http://www.business-standard.com/india/storypage.php?autono=385046)
February 9th, 2010, 06:20 PM
Through the initiative the government plans to serve two purposes - to generate employment in the rural areas and to encourage young entrepreneurs
BANGALORE, INDIA: The Rural BPO program started by the Government of Karnataka (GoK) would not see any direct participation from the established global BPO players as application criterion says that the company should be led by an independent party and not a branch office of the lager player.
Speaking to CIOL, Ashok Kumar C. Manoli, Principal Secretary to Government, Department of Information Technology, Biotechnology and Science & Technology, said through the initiative the government plans to serve two purposes; first is to generate employment in the rural areas and second to encourage young entrepreneurs.
"We would want to see more Narayana Murthys and Premjis coming out for India's development," he said.
Earlier companies like Wipro and Infosys had talked opening up rural BPOs. Last year, Infosys BPO Limited, a subsidiary of Infosys, had signed an agreement with the Andhra Pradesh government to set up rural BPO centers in 22 districts of the state.
According to Manoli, Karnataka follows a different pattern, and the partnership under question is most likely a practice of corporate social responsibility. Perhaps, this is why it could happen in Andhra Pradesh rather than Karnataka.
"Big IT companies are not allowed to open up their branches under this program. This is a rural BPO, working under independent and individual owner, the entrepreneur. We do not want the major to grow. Instead we intend to help the small firm to get bigger." However, he added, "The major IT companies could have certain collaboration with the participating company. But the registered company needs to be led by an entrepreneur."
Elaborating on the initiative he said that the government would play a role of the catalyst. It would introduce the proposal, provide financial and infrastructural (like the computers, chairs, rooms) support to the company.
"As the objective of the scheme is to set up BPO Centres, the applicants must examine the business opportunities in the BPO Sector before submitting the application. No assistance will be provided by KBITS or the Government in getting business for running the BPO Centre or providing employment."
He informed that the government is also following a 'touch-me-not' policy, so even the choice of people (graduate/ above, women/men-only) would be at the company's discretion. Talking about the basic regulations, Manoli informed that the BPO should employee people from village, should be at least 100 seater and should cover one hobli (cluster of four to five villages), with less than one lakh population.
Earlier, Manoli reported that financial support would be of Rs. 5,000 per employee as subsidy to meet the cost of building rentals and Internet connectivity – Restricted to first two years of the operation of each unit. This would be offered even to such BPO units, which set up exceeding 100 seats. The financial support will however be offered in multiples of 100 seater and not in fraction.
Starting with the first such initiative at Srirangapatna in Mandya District, in a span of six to seven months, Karnataka has helped open around 15 centers, with another four on their final stages and would start by end of this month.
Source: CIOL (http://www.ciol.com/News/News-Reports/Rural-BPO-Karnataka-keeps-IT-biggies-away/9210131200/0/)
February 9th, 2010, 06:28 PM
^^That makes Karnataka unique love it................:banana:
February 10th, 2010, 06:33 AM
* Mobile mini-hospital facility will be introduced: Sriramulu
* Deputy Commissioner told to look into problems at the Kodagu District Hospital
* Vacant posts of doctor at the hospital to be filled by the month-end
VIP visitor: Health Minister B. Sriramulu speaking to a patient in the District Hospital in Madikeri on Tuesday.
Madikeri: People in rural areas of the State will soon get medical services on the doorstep with the introduction of mobile “mini-hospitals”, Health Minister B. Sriramulu said here on Tuesday.
He was addressing presspersons at the District Hospital here after visiting several wards and interacting with patients.
The mobile medical services could be availed of by dialling 104, Mr. Sriramulu said.
The facility will benefit people in remote areas who do not have access to medical services.
Besides, the Arogya Raksha health insurance scheme was being implemented on a pilot basis in the districts of Bellary, Koppal, Raichur, Bidar and Yadgir, he said. Under the scheme, over 16 lakh poor people from below the poverty line families could avail themselves of treatment for nearly 400 diseases in speciality hospitals up to an extent of Rs. 2 lakh.
This scheme had proved that the Bhartiya Janata Party Government had concern for the poor in the State, he said.
Chief Minister B.S. Yeddyurappa would be requested to earmark Rs. 300 crore in the next budget for the scheme, the Minister said.
The Arogya Kavacha scheme in which ambulances could be called by dialling 108 was being implemented well, Mr. Sriramulu said. Over 1.2 crore calls had been made to 108 so far and 3.02 lakh lives had been saved, the Minister said.
The Minister warned that if any doctor was found prescribing medicines for purchase from outside the hospital, they would be suspended.
When presspersons told the Minister about problems in the District Hospital, Mr. Sriramulu asked the Deputy Commissioner to look into them. Problems such as corruption, dysfunctional ultrasound scanner, and lack of intensive care unit (ICU), and dialysis and telemedicine facilities were brought to his notice by presspersons.
The Minister, responding to Madikeri MLA M.P. Appachu Ranjan’s request, agreed to fill vacant posts of doctor at the District Hospital by the month-end.
Source: The Hindu (http://www.hindu.com/2010/02/10/stories/2010021054960300.htm)
February 10th, 2010, 06:36 AM
* People told to ignore criticism by Opposition parties
* Work on upgrading Jat-Jamboti road at a cost of Rs. 50 crore soon
* Water from Hippargi barrage for 40,000 hectares of land
Chief Minister B.S. Yeddyurappa unveiling the stone plaque to mark the inauguration of projects at Athani in Belgaum district on Tuesday.
Belgaum: Chief Minister B.S. Yeddyurappa on Tuesday hinted at giving priority to rural development in the Budget proposals for 2010-11.
He was speaking at a function organised to mark the inauguration of various development projects and laying the foundation for drinking water supply schemes and irrigation projects worth Rs. 224 crore in Athani, 145 km from Belgaum.
Minister for Rural Development Jagdish Shetter, Minister for Cooperation Laxman Savadi, Minister for Public Works C.M. Udasi, Minister for Horticulture Umesh V. Katti and Minister for Water Resources Basavaraj Bommai were present.
Taking a dig at the Opposition parties, the Chief Minister told the people to ignore their criticism.
Appealing for people’s support to his Government, he said that his Government would change the economic status of the State by taking up major development projects in the next three years.
Referring to the welfare schemes initiated by his Government, the Chief Minister said that nine lakh farmers took Rs. 6,149 crore as farm loans at 3 per cent interest during the current financial year.
The Government distributed benefits under various schemes to 17 lakh beneficiaries in the past 17 months, which included an incentive of Rs. 2 per litre of milk to milk producers, the Chief Minister said.
Mr. Yeddyurappa said that the Government would soon start work on upgrading Jat-Jamboti road at a cost of Rs. 50 crore. A survey on the Basaveshwar Lift Irrigation Scheme was on, he said.
He said the Government would soon take a decision on the demand to establish a veterinary college in Athani.
Mr. Savadi thanked the Chief Minister for expeditiously completing the drinking water scheme for the benefit of 48 villages at a cost of Rs. 40 crore.
Mr. Bommai said 40,000 acres of land would be provided water from the Hippargi barrage.
Source: The Hindu (http://www.hindu.com/2010/02/10/stories/2010021051320300.htm)
Next budget to have separate funds for backward taluks (http://www.hindu.com/2010/02/10/stories/2010021051300300.htm)
February 10th, 2010, 07:31 PM
BANGAORE: Thirty one minor irrigation projects, spread over nine districts, and worth Rs 19 crore, out of a total allotment of Rs 69.89 crore, have been sanctioned to the state as the latest instalment of the Rural Infrastructure Developm e n t F u n d (RIDF).
These irrigation projects are expected to meet the requirements of nearly 1,837.42 hectares in Bijapur, Bagalkot, Koppal, Gulbarga, Haveri, Dharwad, Davanagere, Chitradurga and Chikballapur. The National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development (NABARD), which disburses the RIDF, has projected that employment spanning up to 6.67 lakh mandays will be generated during the construction phase alone of these irrigation projects.
The other projects making the total sum are - six Industrial Training Institutes (ITIs) worth Rs 14.60 crore; rural roads and bridges (Rs 35.56 crore) and establishment of four rural markets (Rs 73.46 lakh).
The road and bridge projects will provide connectivity across 92 villages, 27 rural marketing centres and two pilgrimage centres in 25 districts. It includes the construction of a bridge on Asangi-Alur Road in Bagalkot and construction of a bridge on Madappadi- Khadyaru Road in Dakshina Kannada district.
The six ITIs will be located in Bangalore Rural, Kodagu, Shimoga and Udupi districts. The four rural market projects are for Bagalkot, Gulbarga and Raichur.
Source: EB (http://www.expressbuzz.com/edition/story.aspx?Title=State+gets+31+minor+irrigation+projects&artid=0E3es87mCgU=&SectionID=7GUA38txp3s=&MainSectionID=fyV9T2jIa4A=&SectionName=zkvyRoWGpmWSxZV2TGM5XQ==&SEO=)
February 11th, 2010, 06:08 AM
* The foundation stone for the project was laid in October last
* 650 new houses to be built in T.S. Kudlur
* Each housing unit to have 15 x 12 sq.ft. built-up area
T.S. Kudlur (Bellary district): The much-touted construction of houses for people who live on the banks of the Tungabhadra and Vedavati and are frequently affected by floods has finally begun.
Although the foundation stones were laid in October 2009, construction has begun only in T.S. Kudlur village. Preliminary work, such as layout marking and work on roads, has been taken up in the other villages.
The State Government, based on a report submitted by the district administration, decided to shift 18 villages — 16 in Sirguppa taluk and two in Hadagali taluk — elsewhere. Under the stewardship of Minister for Tourism and district in-charge G. Janardhan Reddy, several mine owners volunteered to help, and 6,580 houses were to be constructed as part of a permanent rehabilitation programme.
Mr. Reddy laid the foundation stones for the construction of houses on October 28 last at T.S. Kudlur and Matur villages, and promised to allot the new houses to the people within six months.
In T.S. Kudlur, mining company B.M.M Ispat had taken up construction of 650 houses. Each house would have a built-up area of 15ft x 12ft. Each house would be built on a 30ft x 50ft site, Deputy Commissioner B. Shivappa told The Hindu. Each house was estimated to cost Rs. 1.24 lakh, he said. Space had also been reserved for schools, common harvesting areas, burial grounds and hospitals.
Enquiries revealed that the company had planned to construct four houses with common walls and at an estimated of Rs. 1.15 lakh a unit.
Following objections from the people, who demanded separate houses with RCC roofing, the company was persuaded to agree to change the design and also shoulder the additional cost.
Roads and drains would be constructed by the Government.
Source: The Hindu (http://www.hindu.com/2010/02/11/stories/2010021155660300.htm)
February 12th, 2010, 04:22 AM
Foundation stone laid for housing scheme
Minister skips official programme for this
Belgaum: Minister for Housing Katta Subramanya Naidu laid the foundation stone to kick start construction work on a housing scheme in Santhibastwad village of Belgaum taluk on Thursday.
The Minister skipped his official programme to lay the foundation stone to start the work on 1,000 houses under the Rajiv Gandhi Awaas Yojana in Mannur village near here following angry protest by the villagers on Wednesday.
The villagers have opposed the acquisition of 10 acres of land, the only open space in the village used for grazing cattle, for the scheme.
Among those present included Sanjay Patil, MLA (Belgaum Rural) and Deputy Commissioner J. Ravishankar. Speaking on the occasion, Mr. Naidu said that the Government had planned to construct houses under a pilot scheme covering both rural and urban centres in the State.
Under the scheme, houses will be constructed at a cost of Rs. 65,000 each in rural areas and Rs. 1.25 lakh in urban centres.
In Santibastwad, 60 houses spread over 3.5 acres of land on the outskirts of the village will be constructed by Rajiv Gandhi Housing Corporation in three or four months from now.
The Hindu (http://www.hindu.com/2010/02/12/stories/2010021255050300.htm)
February 16th, 2010, 01:43 PM
BANGALORE: Very soon the water usage and discharge in the reservoirs and canals in the state might be regulated with the help of the information generated from satellites.
An experiment to monitor relevant parameters in left bank Canal of the Ghataprabha River using satellites has proved to be successful. This sort of experiment is the first of its kind in the country.
The Central Water Committee and Union Ministry of Water Resources have evinced keen interest in studying this experiment.
A sensor that transmitted data to a satellite was placed in the canal. The sensor was programmed to generate data regarding the depth of water in the canal and the speed of the water flow.
The data generated through the experiment helped hydorlogists and engineers to calculate the amount of water that is released on the basis of the width and depth of the canal. With this information in hand, officials can direct the employee to regulate the water discharge depending on the situation. The quantity of water that has to be released in different canals can also be calculated using this technology.
One of the officials from the Karnataka Niravari Nigama Limited (KNNL) said: “Earlier we used to calculate the quantity of water that we have released after assessing the decrease in the water level in the dams. That procedure takes several days. But now we can get the details immediately.
This will help us to minimise the water wastage and to direct the water to the areas to which it is not supplied.”
Source: EB (http://www.expressbuzz.com/edition/story.aspx?Title=Satellites+to+regulate+water+flow+in+canals&artid=g%7CkIVEHaVso=&SectionID=Qz/kHVp9tEs=&MainSectionID=wIcBMLGbUJI=&SectionName=UOaHCPTTmuP3XGzZRCAUTQ==&SEO=)
February 16th, 2010, 03:45 PM
BANGALORE: Ramakrishnananda Puri of the Mata Amritanandamayi Mutt on Monday announced that Mata Amritanandamayi would hand over the keys of the newly-constructed houses for flood victims of North Karnataka, during her visit to the city on February 17 and 18. She would also meet her devotees during the visit.
Amrutagitananda Puri of the Mutt said that it had been involved in various such relief and rehabilitation activities not just in India but also in foreign countries.
Referring to the floods of 2009 that rendered many people in the state homeless, he said that they were rehabilitating four hamlets in Raichur district by constructing 700 houses.
“The first phase of 100 houses is completed and the houses will be given out when Amma is in the city. The other houses will be complete before the start of the rainy season,” Puri said. The 100 houses were completed in 20 days and for the construction, help had been sought from leading architects and engineers, he said.
The houses are in Dongramapur and Atkur villages bordering Andhra Pradesh.
He said that the houses for the flood victims, which measure 250 square feet each, were built at a cost of Rs 1.45 lakh each and the entire project was estimated to cost Rs 10 crore.
Source: EB (http://www.expressbuzz.com/edition/story.aspx?Title=Amma+to+hand+over+house+keys+to+flood+victims&artid=uTkbg8b4foo=&SectionID=Qz/kHVp9tEs=&MainSectionID=wIcBMLGbUJI=&SectionName=UOaHCPTTmuP3XGzZRCAUTQ==&SEO=)
I am expecting lot of pictures of these houses by this month end.
All houses will be ready by May end?
February 16th, 2010, 03:55 PM
Source: EB (http://www.expressbuzz.com/edition/story.aspx?Title=Amma+to+hand+over+house+keys+to+flood+victims&artid=uTkbg8b4foo=&SectionID=Qz/kHVp9tEs=&MainSectionID=wIcBMLGbUJI=&SectionName=UOaHCPTTmuP3XGzZRCAUTQ==&SEO=)
I am expecting lot of pictures of these houses by this month end.
All houses will be ready by May end?
good NK is limping back to normalcy,the floods have taken the state back by about 5 years.........
February 18th, 2010, 12:19 PM
Govt to grant 15 acres for hospital
Bangalore, Feb 17, DHNS:Chief Minister B S Yeddyurappa on Wednesday announced that 15 acres in Ramasandra in Kengeri would be provided to Matha Amritanandamayi Math for construction of a hospital for the poor. The Math has built 100 houses.
Speaking at a function organised in Bangalore, the Chief Minister, who formally received the keys for 100 houses constructed by the math at flood-affected Dongarampur village in Raichur, said the Government will also provide grant of Rs five crore for the hospital.
The math had taken up construction of houses to the villagers of Kuravakuda, Mankigaddi, Karavakala, Agrahara besides Dongarampur in Raichur who lost their dwellings in the devastating floods last year. Yeddyurappa said 100 houses had been constructed in a record time of 20 days under the guidance of ‘Amma’. He said the commitment shown by “Amma” should be an inspiration for other donors who had committed to construct houses under the Asare scheme. The Chief Minister said each house constructed by the math cost Rs 1.45 lakh.
February 19th, 2010, 06:24 AM
Kaup (Udupi District): President of the district unit of the Janata Dal (Secular) Deviprasad Shetty said on Wednesday that Belapu Gram Panchayat and Kutir Prakruti Chikitsalaya would be launching four projects soon.
Mr. Shetty, who is also the president of the gram panchayat, told presspersons here that an old-age home called Suraksha; an orphanage, Badaku; a cow-protection centre, Kamadhenu; and nature-cure clinic, Kutira, would be constructed at Belapu at acost of Rs. 5 crore. Chandrashekhar Swamiji from Bangalore had promised to provide Rs. 3 crore for these projects.
Source: The Hindu (http://www.hindu.com/2010/02/19/stories/2010021960440300.htm)
February 21st, 2010, 12:20 AM
CM to go ahead with Dandavati project
Bangalore, Feb 20, DHNS:Chief Minister B S Yeddyurappa has declared that he will go ahead with the Dandavati irrigation project despite resistance to its implementation.
Speaking to reporters in Bangalore on Saturday, the CM said those who are against development have been opposing the project. “Deve Gowda and Bangarappa unnecessarily held protest against the project in Soraba on Friday. Unmindful of the agitations, I will implement the project,” he added.
“Former CM Bangarappa had earlier requested the government in writing to implement the Dandavati project. It is surprising that he is opposing it now,” Yeddyurappa said.
February 26th, 2010, 09:22 PM
ZP sets deadline for construction of 50,000 toilets in rural parts
Chikkaballapur, Feb 26, DHNS : Zilla Panchayat President Vinutha Srinivas has set March 31 as deadline for completion of works on construction of 50,000 toilets in the rural areas taken up under ‘Sampoorna Swachata Andolana’ programme.
She was speaking at the review meeting on the progress of works under the cleanliness drive here on Thursday. As many as 40 gram panchayat presidents secretaries and officials from six taluks of the district had took part in the meeting.
She said, the gram panchayat presidents, secretaries, officials and non-government organisations should put in sincere efforts for the successful implementation of the programme. The officials should visit each village and sensitise the residents to avail of the benefit of the programme.
Elected representatives and Self-Help Groups should also be involved in the programme and at least 35 gram panchayats should be prepared by March end to get ‘Nirmala Grama Puraskar’ for the year 2009-10, she added.
Zilla Panchayat Planning Director B Annaiah said, only 40 days are left to reach the target before the end of this financial year and hence all efforts should be made in reaching the goal within the set deadline.
Toilets should be constructed in schools, anganwadis and all the residences in each village. The public should be educated on maintaining cleanliness and hygienic conditions, he said. Each village should be made eligible for the award.
A vigilance squad should be constituted to impose fine of Rs 50 on those who violate rules. A publicity campaign should be launched to to create widespread awareness on the issue, he said.
February 26th, 2010, 09:32 PM
Intel in talks with Karnataka to set up model taluka for education
Bangalore, Feb 25
Chip-maker Intel is working with the Government of Karnataka to create a “model taluka” for education. Once a taluka is identified in the State, Intel will spearhead education initiatives in the area – right from curriculum development to training of teachers.
The aim is to integrate technology in classrooms and help students make a real world connect, making the taluka a showcase model for emulation, according to an Intel spokesperson.
Intel has been involved in education initiatives for the last ten years in India. It has trained around 1.2 million teachers across 20 States and 73 universities in the country, covering both primary and high schools.
Reward for research
In Karnataka alone, it has trained 83,000 teachers. Globally, Intel has trained 7 million teachers in over 50 countries.
Intel has also been involved in rewarding scientific research and innovation in India. For higher education, the company has a tie-up with IISc for research in embedded technology. It is also doing some pilots to encourage entrepreneurship among students.
Every year, Intel invests $100 million worldwide on its CSR initiatives.
The Hindu (http://www.thehindubusinessline.com/2010/02/26/stories/2010022653972100.htm)
Great example of corporate social responsibility
February 27th, 2010, 11:09 PM
A team of students from various varsities arrive at Raichur
Flood victims get Japanese help
Ramaraddi Alavandi, Raichur, Feb 27, DHNS:Even as the State government has turned indifferent and slackened its efforts towards rehabilitation and construction of houses for the flood-hit in the North Karnataka region, a team of students from various universities in Japan have arrived at Raichur to lend their helping hand.
A team of students from various universities in Japan engaged in construction work of houses for the flood-hit near Dongarampur village in Raichur taluk. DH Photo“We are happy to be here for a week and help in reconstructing the lives of those ravaged in the recent floods,” remarked the team from Japan.
A team of 50 students from Japan landed near Dongarampur village in Raichur taluk on Friday afternoon, where Matha Amruthanandamayi organisation has undertaken construction of houses for the flood victims in Kuravakurda and Mangigadde villages.
The students’ team began its work on Saturday morning unmindful of the scorching heat with pick-axe, shovel, crow bars in their hands. The students collectively worked hand in hand with professionals be it in unloading bricks, cement plastering etc. The students in the team hail from Ritsumeikan, Tokyo and other places in Japan and have arrived in the State under the aegis of Japan’s International Volunteer University Student Association (IVUSA). Of the 15 days tour the team will be spending eight days in Dongarampur village helping in the construction of houses.
“IVUSA, comprising more than 1,000 students from various universities in Japan, does not only respond to its people’s problems but also works towards providing relief to victims hit by earthquakes, tsunami, issues afflicting the aged population by deploying teams of students on a global scale. We had also visited Nagapattinam in the past,” explained a team member Yuki Suzuki.
February 28th, 2010, 09:26 AM
BIJAPUR: The government will soon make use of the financial aid received from central and state governments for desilting Doni and Benne Tora rivers.
Speaking to reporters at Kumathe village near here on Tuesday, water resources minister Basavaraj Bommai said: "Keeping in view the flood-prone areas along the river belt areas, the state government has decided to provide a long-term solution to the problem."
"In this connection, I have spoken to central flood management officials. They have suggested us to prepare a Draft Planning Report for the work. Our officials have been directed to prepare the report immediately," he added.
The filling of tanks under river water project is under progress in the district. There was a problem at jack well site pertaining to land acquisition from farmers, but the same has been solved amicably. Our officials have been directed to take up the works on a war footing, he said.
"The works are undertaken in two phases. The work in the first phase is nearing completion, while we are yet to call for tenders for work in the second phase. Chimmalagi lift irrigation and Mulawad lift irrigation A schemes will also be be completed within the stipulated time," he said.
The minister said he would get more funds to his department through this year's budget. "Additional amount will also be sought from the finance minister for taking up additional irrigation works in the state," he said.
Source: TOI (http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/hubli/Doni-Benne-Tora-rivers-will-soon-be-desilted-Bommai/articleshow/5621503.cms)
March 2nd, 2010, 12:21 PM
AIISH GOES TO THE AID OF RURAL MASSES
Ghulam Nabi Azad to launch 'AIISH Outreach Centres' thru video conferencing 'morrow
Mysore, Mar. 2- The All India Institute of Speech and Hearing (AIISH), Mysore, is launching two Outreach Service Centres at Hullahalli and Akkihebbalu villages of Mysore and Mandya district respectively. It will be formally inaugurated by Ghulam Nabi Azad, Union Minister for Health and Family Welfare, tomorrow (Mar. 3) through video-conferencing from NIMHANS Campus, Bangalore.
Public education materials developed by the Department of Prevention of Communication Disorders (POCD) will be released on the occasion by B. Sriramulu, Minister for Health and Family Welfare, in the presence of several high level officials of the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare.
The officials of Zilla, Taluk and Village Panchayats of the respective Primary Health Centres will be present during the inauguration.
The POCD department, through its programs works towards sensitizing and educating one and all regarding factors that aid in prevention of communication disorders, identification of high risk factors that lead to communication disorders, early identification and diagnosis of communication disorders so that rehabilitative measures are initiated as soon as possible.
Since majority of the population with communication disorders reside in rural and semi urban regions, rehabilitation measures need to be community oriented rather than clinic centered. To reach out to these unreached population, the Institute is launching the two 'Outreach Service Centers of AIISH'.
The salient feature of this scheme is that all the required services will be delivered through live as well as video conferencing mode. Volunteers from selected homemakers and high school students representing each village of Hullahalli and Akkihe-bbalu hoblis will be trained as semi skilled personnel to aid in prevention and early identification of disorders of speech, language and hearing.
Since there are 59 and 46 villages in Hullahalli and Akkihebbalu hoblis respectively, the reach of the program will be to a population of more than two and a half lakh.
This novel scheme would provide an apt answer to the question of distance which has been one of the major impediments in service delivery.
March 3rd, 2010, 07:39 PM
‘Rs 420 lakh for devt of lakes’
Kadur,Mar 3, dhns:Rs 420.66 lakh has been sanctioned under central government project to develop 40 lakes in Kadur taluk, said MLA K M Krishnamurthy.
Speaking to presspersons in Kadur on Wednesday, he said under RIDF project, Nabard has sanctioned Rs 25 lakh to develop Bakinakere in Kadur-Birur hobli. Rs 25 lakh has been given for the development of Thumbinavanda kere. Irrigation department has prepared an estimated and tender process is on.
He said under watershed development project, Rs 850 lakh has been given for the development of lakes under PPP mode. Water Users Association has been constituted in several villages to undertake the development work.
Krishnamurthy said Rs 60 lakh has been released under Sarva Shikshana Abiyana to Kadur-Birur education zone to construction classrooms during 2009-10. Rs 52.05 lakh has been released for PU Colleges at Chowlahiriyur, Yagati, Birur, Panchanahalli. The incomplete classrooms will be completed.
About Rs 4 crore has been given to seven Suvarna grama of Chikkangala, Basooru, Yallambalase, Garje, Singatagere, Kunkanadu and Asandi villages.
He said under Rural road development, Rs 74 lakh has been released for the repair of road from Kadurahalli to Maradihalli road. Wate tanks have been constructed at Emmedoddi and surrounding villages.
Krishnamoorthy,Kadur yelli idhae??
March 6th, 2010, 07:01 AM
Marlejedlu village at Marithothlu in Koppa taluk has set an example for others by constructing a mini dam under Mahatma Gandhi Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme and irrigating water to 100 acre agriculture land.
The main water source of the village is a lake here and the water from this lake could not be utilised properly because of the dispute among the villagers over water distribution. Hence, even the dam construction work suffered. ZP Member H M Sathish, Nehuru Youth Centre Advisor Onitota Rathnakar and GP former president Nagesh united the villagers and inspired them to take up the works under MGREGS.
There is no transportation facilitity to this village and the raods are unsurfaced. The residents exhibited their unity and determination by carrying the construction materials on the head and completed the works in 650 man days. Now the water stored in the dam has brought sigh of relief among the villagers, who feel that if not for the project they would have still wasted time fighting over trivial issues. Spending Rs 88,000, villagers have provided water to the fields of Kavish, Gopal, Shekar, Shankar, Umesh, Nagesh, Suresh and others. However, the villagers are yet to receive the money for the project.
MGREGA workers demand payment of wage arrears (http://www.hindu.com/2010/03/06/stories/2010030660980300.htm)
March 8th, 2010, 10:18 AM
* Processing units to be set up locally to save time and costs
Challakere (Chitradurga district): Revenue Minister and district in-charge G. Karunakara Reddy has said that the Government will spend Rs. 1.25 crore for modernisation of the handloom sector and setting up of wool processing units at Challakere.
Inaugurating the barrack blanket production centre, constructed by the State Government and the Karnataka State Woollen Handloom Weavers' Non-Khadi Societies' Federation, here on Sunday, the Minister said that wool producers from the taluk had been supplying wool to Ludhiana in Punjab for processing. This was not only time-consuming, but also expensive, he said.
“To save transportation charges and time, we have decided to set up such units here, the funds for which have been earmarked in the budget”, he said.
Stating that Challakere blankets were more in demand in north Indian States, he urged the weavers to improve the quality of blankets in order to fetch more revenue and popularise the products in other parts of the country, and abroad.
Minister for Textiles Gulihatti D. Shekhar said that most weavers belonged to backward communities. Though they were highly skilled, these needed to be tapped. For that, the Ministry was offering skill-oriented training to weavers under the Suvarna Vastra Neeti. A sum of Rs. 30 crore would be spent for the training, he said.
Under the programme, the Government would spend Rs. 500 crore in five years for upgrading weaving technology, and the training and marketing of woollen products.
He said that last year, the Ministry had trained about 18,000 weavers in the State. As many as 20,000 weavers would be targeted this year, he said.
During the training, stipends would be paid to the trainees, besides ensuring job opportunities for them in large-scale companies in Bangalore.
The Hindu (http://www.hindu.com/2010/03/08/stories/2010030854560300.htm)
March 8th, 2010, 10:20 AM
* 630 houses to be constructed in two villages
* Mining companies to build the houses
NADIVI VILLAGE (SIRuGUPPA TALUK): Minister for Health and Family Welfare B. Sriramulu laid the foundation stone for the construction of houses for residents of Nadivi and Gundiganur in Siruguppa taluk, one of the 20 villages in the taluk which are chronically hit by floods to be shifted.
The two villages were also severely affected by the floods that hit the region October last. Mr. Sriramulu said that about 630 houses would be constructed in these two villages. Commending the mining companies in the district for their philanthropic gesture of constructing over 6,000 houses in the region, he said that H.R.G., a mining company based in Hospet, had come forward to construct 400 houses in Nadivi and another mining company Kanhaiahlal Dudheria in Sandur had agreed to construct houses in Gundiganur village.
The Bellary Zilla Panchayat would take up the work of building infrastructure such as roads, drains, drinking water, power supply, schools and hospitals. M.S. Somalingappa, Siruguppa MLA, who presided over the function, expressed his gratitude to Minister for Tourism G. Janardhan Reddy, for roping in the mine owners into the reconstruction process.
Zilla panchayat vice-president Manjamma, Siruguppa Taluk Panchayat president Gopal, Nadivi Gram Panchayat president K. Nagamma, Deputy Commissioner B. Shivappa Superintendent of Police Seemant Kumar Singh were present.
The Hindu (http://www.hindu.com/2010/03/08/stories/2010030859600300.htm)
March 8th, 2010, 10:21 AM
The Ministry of Rural Development has released grant in aid worth Rs. 90,00,00,000/- (Rupees ninety crore only) to the state of Karnataka for construction of rural roads under Pradhan Mantri Gram Sadak Yojana (PMGSY). The sum is from the special window created in NABARD (National Bank for Agriculture & Rural Development) under RIDF as grants in aid to the Karnataka Rural Road Development Agency (KRRDA) towards payment for works taken up under Pradhan Mantri Gram Sadak Yojana (PMGSY) in the state.
Pradhan Mantri Gram Sadak Yojana is a 100% centrally sponsored scheme to provide road connectivity in the rural areas of the country. PMGSY envisages connectivity to all habitations with a population of 500 persons and above in the rural areas and about 250 persons and above in respect of the hilly states, tribal areas and desert areas through good and all weather roads.