May 27, 2024

BENGALURU EXPRESS

Truth Triumphs

3000 pleas received during 5th edition of ‘Government at Your Doorstep’ initiative 

Bengaluru, Jan 17:  Deputy Chief Minister D K Shivakumar today ordered the suspension of a Bescom accountant for demanding Rs 50,000 bribes to release pension arrears to a retired employee.

“I retired from Bescom in 2007. I have been running from pillar to post for the last 15 years to get my pension arrears,” appealed Mr S M Govindappa, a retired Bescom employee. The DCM ordered the suspension of the employee working in the Accounts department of Bescom and assured him that he would receive his pension arrears within a few days.

The 5th edition of the mass grievance redressal programme ‘Government at Your Doorstep’ in Shirur grounds in Sheshadripuram saw over 3000 pleas submitted. The DCM won the hearts of the public with his words and actions.

A group of over 100 street vendors gathered near the dais made a fervent appeal to the DCM to allow them to do business. The DCM walked up to them and said, “I will come to your place and listen to your pleas. BBMP will give Rs 10,000 for a cart. It will be decided without causing inconvenience to any party,” he told the street vendors.

To an appeal for a government employment by Mr Mohammed Yunus, a physically challenged youth from Cottonpet, he said, “We are conducting a government job mela, we can help you then.” One Mr Prabhakar appealed to the DCM to develop the government school in Bhakshi garden in Chamarajapet which was visited by Mahatma Gandhi and complete rajakaluve works in the area. The DCM instructed BBMP Commissioner Tushar Girinath to visit the place and initiate necessary action.

Mr Murali from Sheshadripuram complained that the children of the area are deprived of a playground as the Jakkarayanakere has been turned by the police into a dumping yard for seized vehicles. “Ask the police to immediately clear those vehicles and clean up the playground for children of the area,” the DCM instructed the BBMP Commissioner. 

Ms Ramjana submitted a plea that she has not been allowed to report to duty due to some technical issue though she got the job in 2017. The DCM promised to take up the issue with Higher Education Minister. 

The DCM consoled Ms Gayatri Bhai from Abbigere who teared up saying that the BDA site has not been allotted at Kempegowda Layout though she had paid up the money. He instructed BDA Commissioner Jayaram to resolve the issue on the spot. 

Mr Prakash complained that he had not been allotted a house though they have allotted houses at Deverekere near Kumbalagodu. “Jameer is the minister, don’t let him,” the DCM quipped.

Let D K Shivakumar become CM

Former minister and MLA Dr Ashwath Narayan lauded the work of the DCM. “The government is doing good work by clearing up pavements for pedestrians, especially elderly and students. He is doing good work, I wish that he becomes a Chief Minister in the future.” He urged the DCM to resolve issues such as housing for the poor, property tax increase, road encroachments.

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