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Rats and bandicoots nibbled on food packets meant to be distributed in containment zones due to negligence of Palike officers. WHY?

More 750 ration kits worth Rs 3.75 lakh, which were meant to be distributed to those in containment zones during the lockdown, were eaten up by rats at a warehouse managed by the Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike at Kodigehalli ward in north Bengaluru.

According to reliable sources, the civic body had bought 4,300 ration kits to be distributed to the needy at containment zones in 11 wards of the Yelahanka Zone during the lockdown. The BBMP had directed the engineers at these wards to distribute the kits but only 1,100 ration kits were distributed in two wards – Kodigehalli and Doddabommasandra. The remaining, which were left in the warehouse, were destroyed by vermin.

Annoyed by the wastage of ration kits, BBMP Commissioner N Manjunath Prasad has directed the Joint Commissioner of Yelahanka Zone to recover the loss (Rs 3.75 lakh) from the engineers of nine wards.

I have made it clear that we will not tolerate negligence and apathy of the BBMP employees while discharging their duties. I have directed the BBMP authorities to recover the loss from the salaries of nine engineers

–N Manjunath Prasad, BBMP Commissioner

“I have made it clear that we will not tolerate negligence and apathy of the BBMP employees while discharging their duties. The ward engineers were supposed to distribute the ration kits in containment zones but because of their negligence, lakhs of rupees have been wasted. I have directed the BBMP authorities to recover the loss from the salaries of nine engineers,’’ said Prasad.

When contacted, Srinivasa Murthy, Assistant Executive Engineer for Kodigehalli and Doddabommasandra wards, who had supplied the ration kits to the containment zones said, “Delay in supplying the ration kits to the wards is the reason why rats have destroyed them.’’

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The BBMP engineers did not distribute the ration kits since they get no benefit from doing this. Their objective is not to serve the needy ­

–HM Venkatesh, social activist

It is said the engineers of wards such as Kempe Gowda, Chowdeshwari, Attur, Yelahanka Satellite Town, Jakkur, Thanisandra, Byatarayanapura, Kuvempu Nagar and Vidyaranyapura failed to distribute the ration kits. Engineers who will have to pay from their own pockets to compensate for the loss of the ration kits are Mallinatha Malkapur, Chandrakanth Raju, Krishnappa, Rama Sanjeevaiah, Mahantesh, Suresh Devaraj, Pushpalatha and Somasekhar Jadhav.

Coming down heavily on the wastage of ration kits worth lakhs of rupees, H M Venkatesh, a social activist from Judicial Layout, said this speaks of how indifferent the BBMP engineers are towards the poor. “The BBMP engineers did not distribute the ration kits since they get no benefit from doing this. Their objective is not to serve the needy but to earn money for themselves. They have no concern for the people who struggled to make ends meet during the lockdown,” said Venkatesh.

Padmavathi Amarnath, former corporator of Chowdeshwari ward in Yelahanka Zone, has blamed the BBMP engineer for not supplying ration kits despite repeated reminders. “The ward engineer refused to give ration kits stating that he is under tremendous pressure from elected representatives. I spent money to distribute ration kits to the needy people at Chowdeshwari ward,’’ said Amarnath.



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