Officials’ failure to heed directions leaves Siddaramaiah embarassed

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BANGALORE, September 18:  Chief Minister Siddaramaiah had to face an embarrassing moment at the Janata Darshan on Tuesday here when he learnt that the directions issued by him during the September 3 Janata Darshan had not been implemented by the officials concerned.

Renuka Balappa Naika (35) had complained to the Chief Minister during that Janata Darshan that supporters of Balachandra L. Jarkiholi, Arabhavi MLA and former Minister, had “disrobed her” during the run-up to Assembly election in May, but the local police failed to file First Information Report (FIR), though three months had passed. She also said that her husband Balappa Adevappa Naika was beaten up by the MLA’s supporters.

Ms. Naika alleged that the supporters of MLA had started harassing her family after she complained about distribution of liquor during election to the authorities concerned. Mr. Siddaramaiah had directed Additional Director-General of Police (Law and Order) M.N. Reddy to take immediate action.

However, her problems remain unsolved even after his direction. Ms. Naika approached Mr. Siddaramaiah on Tuesday again and sought his intervention. She said that the police have not filed FIR till date and that the MLA’s supporters continued to harass her. “I cannot return to my village and earn my livelihood. The MLA’s supporters cut sugarcane from my field and took our cattle away,” Ms. Naika told the Chief Minister.

The Chief Minister then directed Inspector-General of Police Alok Kumar to inquire into the incident and submit a report at the earliest. Mr. Siddaramaiah asked him to direct the Superintendent of Police in Belgaum to accompany Ms. Naika’s family and ensure protection to them.

The Janata Darshan also saw two physically-challenged brothers, Narasimhamurthy and Mallikarjun, from Gauribidanur seeking employment on compassionate grounds.

Susheela, an employee of the Department of Commercial Tax, complained that though she had been promoted, her higher officials were withholding the order and sought Mr. Siddaramaiah’s intervention as she would retire by the month-end. Mr. Siddaramaiah assured her of addressing the issue and passed directions to the authorities concerned.

In nearly four hours, Mr. Siddaramaiah received nearly 500 petitions.

Central team
A Central team will tour the districts affected by excessive rain for four days from September 23, the Chief Minister said.

Speaking to mediapersons on the sidelines of the Janata Darshan, Mr. Siddaramaiah said that the State had sought the Centre’s assistance as the estimated loss due to excessive rain in the State was Rs. 2,000 crore.

Following the appeal, the Union government is sending the team to assess the actual damage. The State had, before seeking funds from the Centre, released Rs. 130 crore to Deputy Commissioners for taking up relief works, he added.

Mr. Siddaramaiah said that he would tour the State from September 19 to understand the problems being faced by the people in the districts.

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