Deputy Commissioner of Dharwad Deepa Cholan has directed the district and the taluk-level officials to take up steps to address complaints regadring drinking water supply and ensure that they are resolved within 24 hours.
Chairing a drought-relief progress review meeting here on Saturday, Ms. Cholan said that addressing issues concerning drinking water to people and cattle was of utmost importance. She asked the officials to come up alternative measures to address drinking water crisis in drought-prone villages.
She directed all executive officers and tahsildars to review the reports by gram panchayats regularly and step up measures to resolve drinking water issues and fodder shortage. Emphasising the need to create more man-days under the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (MGNREGA) scheme, she said it would help in addressing the issue of migration.
While fodder banks should be set up depending on the need, steps should be taken to ensure complete transparency in supply of fodder, she said.
Ms. Cholan said that a helpline, 1077, will be set up at the district headquarters to receive complaints water, fodder and employment, and the complaints should be addressed on priority basis.
The Deputy Commissioner said that nodal officers appointed to co-ordinate with different department heads, would decide the action to be taken.