THE MINISTER in charge of district, Himmat Kothari, lost his cool on more than two occasions at the District Planning Committee (DPC) meeting held today at Residency Kothi to approve over Rs 102-crore Indore District Plan 2007-08. The plan would be sent to the State Planning Board for approval.
Although the plan was approved with certain additions in budgetary allocations proposed for the next financial year, complaints against the Indore Municipal Corporation angered the minister, specially when MLAs Mahendra Hardia and Usha Thakur alleged that the civic body did not implement development work in slum areas despite sanctioning of funds a year
When other public representatives supported them, Kothari demanded an explanation from Municipal Commissioner Vinod Sharma and said that MLA, MP-fund supported projects would be handed over to the Indore Development Authority (IDA) if the IMC was incapable to execute them. Sharma, who said that the works would be completed within three months, finally told the minister that the IDA could be given such projects in future.
The minister directed the IMC to disassociate MP, MLA-fund account from the general account and hold meeting with public representatives within a week to redress their grievances.
MP Western Region Electricity Distribution Company officials were next targets. To the complaint of District BJP general secretary Kanchan Singh Chouhan, Mhow MLA Antar Singh Darbar and Depalpur MLA Manoj Patel that the company was not supplying electricity it promised nor was it repairing transformers or broken wires, Kothari reprimanded company engineers for being insincere and directed them to stick to their word.
“And stop sending inflated electricity bills to small consumers in a bid to complete your revenue targets. I am flooded with such complaints,” he fumed.
Finally, it was decided to set up a control room at collectorate to monitor the power lapses, specially in rural areas. Another complaint that peeved off Kothari was when DPC member Asha Rajora and other expressed ignorance about 20 chikungunya control camps held across district. Kothari warned of action if the officials failed to circulate information on welfare measures to public representatives in future.
The post-budget discussions veered around efforts to end stray cattle menace in the City, removal of encroachment from forest land in Lasudiya Mori village, preventing black-marketing of cooking gas and appointment of contractual teachers by October 10.
On stray cattle, District Collector Vivek Aggarwal asked for a mandate to clear the roads of cattle menace. Adding that cattle rearing has been banned in core City areas, he said that 550 cattle caught from roads have been released in forest of Jhabua district. He also asked for government funds to strengthen goshala infrastructure and introduce bullock carts to carry publicly donated fodder to them. Public representatives insisted on involving dogs and pigs under the drive. MLA Ashwin Joshi informed that pigs were openly sold at Luniyapura for slaughter.
Besides, there were complaints that husbands of anganwadi workers who cook mid-day meals misappropriate ration. Assuring action, Aggarwal asked public representatives to keep watch on anganwadis in their respective areas.
At the meeting, it was informed that Patalpani, Choral and Mehandi Kund would be developed as eco-tourist spots. The members decided to make provision of Rs 50 lakh for repair of ponds, make action plan for repair of all hand-pumps, re-start Bilawali hatcheries and set up 10 demonstration farms to test new varieties of seeds with help of agricultural scientists.
People pleaded to permit spray
ALTHOUGH DENGUE fever has yet to spread its dreaded tentacles in the district, District Collector Vivek Aggarwal warned that the situation could go out of control if larvae and adult mosquitoes were not destroyed on large scale in next four days. Stating this at District Planning Committee meeting here today, he appealed to public representatives present on the occasion to encourage people to allow anti-mosquito spray in their areas.
While insecticides were being sprayed free of cost in slums, he appealed the citizens to pay for spray and keep their premises clean and devoid of water clogging. He said IMC has hired 15 additional dumpers to lift garbage. The IMC, district administration and Health Department have formed joint squad to step up hygienic measures. The administration, he said, would shortly depute agencies for spray on reasonable charges.