Monday, June 6, 2011

[ZESTCaste] Vigilance panel for SCs, STs to be formed soon

Vigilance panel for SCs, STs to be formed soon
TNN | Jun 5, 2011, 11.00pm IST

MANGALORE: A state-level monitoring wing under the ministry of social
welfare to analyze the proceedings and decisions taken at the
district-level review meetings of vigilance committees on SCs and STs
will be constituted soon, said A Narayanaswamy, minister for social
welfare. The wing will also assiduously follow up on actions initiated
by officials in implementing various welfare measures and schemes for
the benefit of the community, he noted.

Chairing a review meeting of social welfare departments of Dakshina
Kannada and Udupi districts here on Saturday, the minister expressed
displeasure at below par progress achieved by various government
agencies in implementing schemes and utilizing funds meant for welfare
of dalits and backward classes. Officials not measuring up to the task
will be disciplined. Each district has to send committee meeting
proceedings to the wing, he said.

Officials of civil rights enforcement squad have been vested with
powers to visit all those government departments that have a statutory
obligation to spend 22.75% of their income on welfare of SC/STs.
Disciplinary action will be initiated against those who have failed to
utilize more than 50% of funds allocated for welfare of SC/ST
community and those who have neglected or ignored the well-being of
the communities, the minister said.

Taking note of the failure on part of urban local bodies and
panchayati raj bodies in the two districts to utilize funds set aside
for the upliftment of weaker sections of society, Narayanaswamy
instructed officials to ensure that the funds are utilized within the
given fiscal year. It has become a norm for most officials to carry
over the amount to the next fiscal without making any serious efforts
to identify beneficiaries for scheme and this will not be tolerated,
he warned.

The government will shortly introduce biometric system in Moraji Desai
and Kittur Rani Channamma residential schools. "This system will be
made compulsory to the staff in these institutions as well as senior
officials including DC, CEO and Social Welfare Officials who are
required to visit the institutions periodically. Details such as time
of entry and exit will be registered. It will help us in observe the
movement of officials and staff," he added.

Irked by the apparent negligence of Damodhar Naik, the in-charge
district manager of Dr B R Ambedkar SC/ST Development Corporation,
Narayanaswamy directed the managing director of the corporation to
submit a report and placed the official under immediate suspension. He
also directed police to arrest S R Patalappa, ITDP district
coordinator, since suspended and on the run, for allegedly
misappropriating Rs 86 lakh of government funds.

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