by RAJ, Team Mangalorean
Mangaluru: The third quarterly meeting of Karnataka Development Programme was held at the Netravati Hall, Zilla Panchayat here on March 28.
District minister in-charge Ramanath Rai presided over the meeting. The issue discussed in the meeting was the Aadhar card for which the central government issued a notice to linking Aadhar cards with the ration card. MLC Ivan D'Souza said that to apply for the card people stand in long queues. "Due to lack of centres, elderly people and students face problems while applying for the Aadhar card. Even some schools are demanding Aadhar card to get hall tickets. Mangaluru being a huge Taluk needs more centres in Beltangady, Sullia and Moodbidri for Aadhar card application."
MLA J R Lobo said that the concerned authorities are not serious about their work. "It is the need of the hour to call for a meeting to discuss the issue and find a solution."
Deputy Commissioner A B Ibrahim said that in the district there are 17 "Atal People-friendly" centres which are issuing Aadhar cards. "The Mangaluru City Corporation, Lighthouse Hill Road and Kadri Mangalore One are taking up the Aadhar registration work. In Bantwal and Puttur also, the Aadhar registration is going on." He clearly said that the Aadhar card is not necessary to issue hall tickets and school authorities will not demand students to get Aadhar card to issue hall tickets. He also said that there is a need to appoint more staff to carry out the Aadhar registration work. "With the present working force, it will take 2 to 3 years to complete the Aadhar card registration work."
Ramanth Rai said that to solve the problem of Aadhar card a meeting will be called and the concerned officials will be guided accordingly to complete the Aadhar card registration process.
Issues such as the unscientific Jeppu Market, rehabilitation for Endosulfan victims, Shiradi Ghat work, illegal sand transporting, drinking water problem, roads, providing houses to Koraga Communities and other issues were also discussed in the meeting.
ZP president Asha Thimmappa Gowda; CEO ZP, P I Sreevidya; MCC commissioner Hephsiba Rani Korlapati; SP, Dr Sharanappa and others were also present.