Udupi: The Department of Information and Public Relations organised a programme, ‘Jana-Mana’, at the Atal Bihari Vajpayee Auditorium, Rajathadri, Manipal here on August 22. Minister of State Urban Development and district minister in-charge, Vinay Kumar Sorake interacted with beneficiaries of various welfare schemes and provided a platform for them to provide suggestions on how to improve the implementation of the schemes.
Interacting with the minister, one of the beneficiaries of the Anna Bhagya scheme, Roopesh said that Anna Bhagya has served the purpose of feeding the poor and that the government should initiate steps to provide boiled rice instead of white rice to the coastal region.
Replying to this suggestion, Sorake said that talks are on with the Food and Civil Supplies department to provide boiled rice. The boiled rice currently being supplied originates from Andhra Pradesh and is not consumed by the people of coastal Karnataka.
Achyutha Adiga, a beneficiary of Krishi Bhagya scheme, said that the government should provide diesel subsidy to the farmers operating tillers and other equipment in farming. He also urged the minister to continue providing Kerosene to APL holders and also BPL holders who have gas connections.
Upendra Nayak Marne said that the government should introduce insurance for crops damaged by wild animals. The district administration has stopped issuing licenses for guns which were only used to threaten animals and not kill them, he said. He urged the minister to provide licenses for such guns.
Students appreciated the Kshreera Bhagya project and said that they were looking forward to drink milk even in the evenings. A student also said that the government should add energy ingredients for milk. The students who benefit from the Vidaysiri project said that money should be remitted to the students before the commencement of courses.
Vinay Kumar Sorake concluding said that CM Siddaramaiah had launched the Jana Mana programme and has directed the district administration to hold Jana Mana. The government as promised in its election manifesto has fulfilled 105 promises out of 168 promises. The government will provide milk to students 5 days a week from the earlier 3 day provision. The government has initiated steps to empower people. The Janatha Darshan programme will be organized every month, he added.
CMC President Yuvraj, Deputy Commissioner R Vishal, ZP CEO Kanagavalli, Assistant Commissioner Charulatha Somal, TP President Sunitha Nayak, KSDL President Veronica Cornelio, District Information Officer Rohini and others were present.