Archive for the ‘Politics & Governance’ Category
Wednesday, September 22nd, 2010
The Akhila Kodava Samaj at its annual general body meeting in Virajpet has decided to convene a public meeting to elicit views on the Jamma Bane issue. The Samaja’s President M.C. Monnappa was of the opinion that the State Government should not take any decision in haste.
Monappa felt that the people’s representatives from Kodagu were trying their best to settle the confusions arising over Jamma rights. The Govt. he felt should not take away the special rights and privileges, enjoyed by the Jamma holders. The fight for tree felling rights and Jamma are two different issues, he observed.
Wednesday, September 15th, 2010
Speaking at a press meet, Cauvery Sene leader Kolathanda Ragu Machayya demanded from the Zilla Panchyat Vice President Anitha Kanjithanda, a list of the beneficiaries who have received free plants and fertilisers from the government.
He also accused the ZP of using the grants provided by the govt. for their personal benefits. The Cauvery sene member wanted the ZP to spell out the details of the Rudraguppe lift irrigational projects.Ragu Machayya further charged the elected representatives are cheating the beneficiaries of the “open well” scheme. Convenor of the Cauvery Sene Ravi Chengappa was present at the press meet.
Wednesday, September 15th, 2010
The Congress conducted a protest against the Kodagu Zilla Panchyat and the local Zilla Panchyat member A. Manu Muthappa, for ignoring the residents of Napoklu.
President of Napoklu Chamber of Commerce B.S. Thammaiah regretted that though a huge amount of money was spent on the Community Health Centre in Napoklu, there were no permanent Doctors or Nursing staff posted to the hospital.
The protesters demanded that medical staff be appointed immediately, and served an ultimatum of fifteen days to the authorities failing which the protesters threatened to intesify their agitation. The residents of Napoklu are of the opinion that the health centre at Napoklu which is more than a century old never faced a shortage of Doctors, but they allege that since the present Zilla Panchyat members took office the health centre has been neglected and the locals have to travel to Madikeri for treatment of their ailments.
Friday, August 13th, 2010
Admist uproarious scenes, allegations and counter allegations the Zilla Panchyat bimonthly review meet was abruptly adjourned by ZP President V.M. Vijaya.
Congress Members were irked at the ruling BJP for not allowing discussion on remarks passed by Karnataka Assembly Speaker K G Bopaiah at Sarita Poonacha during a previous meeting.
V.P. Shashidhar and C. Karun Kalaiah stormed into the well of the house angered by the attitude of the President, in not allowing them permission to bring up issues slated for discussion. Trouble broke out over the Nittor Gram Panchyat issue where the Assembly Speaker had allegedly made disparaging remarks against Virajpet T.P. President Saritha Poonacha, the congress members were demanding a discussion on the above issues which was refused outright the chair claiming that it was a closed chapter. The opposition members stormed out of the meeting hall after tearing up the agenda and a lot of sloganeering.
The meeting was reconvened after a short while and issues like the proposed drinking water project for Madikeri and others issues were taken up.
The BJP members Dharmaja Uthappa, Manu Muthappa and S.N. Raja Rao urged the President to ensure that Congress member V.P. Shashidhar does not interfere in the smooth conduct of the Zilla Panchyat meetings in future.
Friday, August 13th, 2010
A. K. Subbaiah has alleged that the former conservator of forests Kodagu Circle K. B. Markandeya has issued a mischievous circular with regard to Jamma Bane lands due to pressure of pseudo environmentalists of the district.
Speaking to reporters Subbaiah informed that a district-level campaign will be organised in October to create awareness on such pseudo environmentalists, who he alleged were a road block on developmental activities.
Ex- MLC A K Subbaiah
Subbaiah, who was earlier dubbed by the press as “Suddi Subbaiah” for his ability to always remain in the news and hog the lime light said that though the High Court of Karnataka had delivered a clear verdict in the Chekkera Poovaiah case “pseudo environmentalists” were behind the mischievous circulars being issued by the forest officials.
Subbaiah further vented his anger, on the so called pseudo environmentalists by alleging that they were working against the interests of the people of Kodagu and were opposed, to development in interior villages. Some forest officials he felt were hand-in-glove with those environmentalists,
The campaign spear headed by Subbaiah will be carried out through Kodagu Asthithva Samiti.
Tuesday, July 20th, 2010
There is no shortage of funds for any development works, Assembly Speaker K.G. Bopaiah said. “The constant complaint that the Government is not releasing funds for developmental activities is factually incorrect. The Government has chalked out plans for the development of the district.” he said
Speaking to presspersons after inaugurating the road construction work under Suvarna Gramaudoya Yojane at Puliyeri in Gonikoppa he said “five more villages will be selected by the Government under this project.
“Suvarna Gramaudoya” is an ambitious project of the State Government to develop villages and is being implemented over the last four years.
Of the total amount released, a sum of Rs. 1.03 crores for Kaikeri, Rs. 86 lakhs for Mekur Hoskeri, Rs. 95 lakhs for Arwathoklu, Rs. 85 lakhs for Mathur and Rs. 75 lakhs for Puliyeri will be utilised.
The speaker said that the Government has released a special grant of Rs. 4 crores for the development of roads under the ZP.
K. G. Bopaiah requested the public to co-operate withthe administration during the execution of development works.
Saturday, July 10th, 2010
Compensation to be paid to the next of kin of a person killed by a wild elephant has been increased to Rs. 2 lakhs.
Announcing this in the Assembly on Tuesday, Chief Minister B.S. Yeddyurappa said an order regarding this would be issued soon. At present, the compensation amount is Rs. 1.5 lakh.
Replying to a question raised by MLA Appachu Ranjan, he said 22 people were killed in the State while 78 persons injured and three persons suffered permanent disability in 2009-10 due to attack by wild elephants.
Yeddyurappa said the Forest Department has registered 14,303 cases of crop loss due to wild animals and a compensation of Rs. 3.10 crores was paid to farmers in the State. Also 469 cases of cattle loss was reported in the State and a total compensation of Rs. 11.37 lakhs was paid.
Saturday, July 3rd, 2010
Some request transfer citing non-cooperation, while others blame the atmosphere.
Many of Govt officials deputed by the State Govt to Coorg have been transferred to other districts by the Govt.
Some of them have “requested” for the transfer citing non-cooperation and “weather of Coorg” as a reason.
Child Welfare Department Deputy Director Sheharbanu was qouted in Deccan Herald stating….
“I did not come to Madikeri with the intention of earning money. I had served for the district honestly and I sought transfer on my own. No one should take up the issue of my transfer for their publicity.”
“Though I wanted to continue my service in Madikeri, some people did not allow me to work here. Hence, I was forced to seek transfer from here,”
She alleged that the local people’s representative were not allowing her to work freely. She did not name the representatives.
While Director Sheherbanu has an issue with non-cooperation, other officials blamed the weather and rains in Coorg for them to request a transfer out of Coorg.
Saturday, July 3rd, 2010
By I K Anil, Editor – CLN
The economic slow down in Europe, has hit the coffee industry hard. Though the Coffee prices in London and New York terminals are on a all time high, it does not reflect positively, on the domestic prices. One of the main reasons, is the loss in the premium given earlier for Indian washed coffee’s.
Coffee Planters in Coorg need to take into the account the volatility in International Markets. Photo by: ineedcoffee.com
The volatility in coffee prices will continue, till such time, Europe and the Euro stabilises. Coffee being the second largest traded commodity after oil, long term predictions will be foolhardy.
Our MP H. Viswanath’s statement that the Karnataka Govt. is neglecting Kodagu on the development front, should be viewed in the right perspective. The local MLA’s have a lot of answering to do now, rather than waiting for the next election.
Changing Outlooks, Exodus of Kodava people from Kodagu, pressures of Modern Living are few of the reasons for the culture and heritage of Kodagu is vanishing fast. Photo by: John Issac
I have no doubt in my mind that Coorg has been receiving step motherly treatment from the time Coorg lost its Statehood. Kodava heritage centre was earmarked to be built in the year 2004 but nothing has been done to date, despite eighty eight lakhs of rupees being sanctioned. The list of non performance is endless.
I welcome, Tourism Secretary’s statement, that his department would protect Kodagu’s environment while the eleven tourism projects envisaged, are in progress.
The forests of Coorg need to be protected. Coorg is the catchment area of river cauvery. Timber Mafia and illegal encroachments of forests are already the biggest threat. Tourism also should not in anyway effect the flora and fauna of Coorg, adversely. Photo by: Manoj Vasanth
Joythi Ramalingam has been taking keen interest for betterment of Kodagu, from the time he was the Deputy commissioner of Coorg. The elected representative should give him all the support he so desires, to make Coorg, a better place to live in.
Thursday, June 24th, 2010
TP President Sarita Poonacha breaks down during the meeting. The Karnataka Assembly Speaker K.G. Bopaiah is accused of making derogatory comments against her during the meeting.
K.G.Bopaiah (Second from right) with other members at the ZP meeting.
The monthly review meet of the ZP ended in chaos when the TP President of Virajpet Saritha Poonacha was heckled out of the meeting in tears. The issue Saritha sought to raise was over the supply of allegedly inferior pressure cookers and solar lamps in Nittor village. A worldly duel between Speaker K.G. Boppaiah and Saritha Poonacha ensued, resulting in Saritha leaving the meeting hall in tears.
Virajpet TP President Saritha Poonacha being consoled by a member. Unable to bear the humiliation, she left the meeting in tears.
The President of the D.C.C held a press conference and accused the speaker of making derogatory remarks and using language unbecoming of his post. She added that a complaint will be lodged with the Governor, H.R. Bhardwaj.
K.P.C.C. member T.P. Ramesh wondered why the Speaker was breaching protocol and getting involved in local affairs, when the post he holds is apolitical.
Congress activsts in somwarpet burnt effigies of the speaker, over his remarks of the president of the Virajpet taluk Panchayat.