Chief Secretary Kaushik Mukherjee on Saturday reviewed the progress of various development works being implemented in the district.
He directed the Zilla Panchayat to give special attention to ensure a minimum of Rs 20 crore utilisation by each major department under the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme.
After Deputy Commissioner C Shikha informed the Chief Secretary of the steps taken for the overall development of the district, Mukherjee ordered the administration to have better public participation for successful implementation of various projects and rehabilitation of tribals on a priority basis.
This was the first time Mukherjee visited Mysore after taking charge as the Chief Secretary.
Shikha said she had submitted a proposal seeking Rs 1.5 crore to build a new guesthouse comprising 10 rooms in the existing guesthouse premises in Nazarbad as the number of VIPs visiting the city was increasing every year. She said the same proposal was pending before the government.
Listing the number of other works proposed to be taken up in Mysore district, including construction of a Mini Vidhana Soudha spread across 3.18 acres in Nanjangud, Shikha said Rs 3.11 crore was needed for the completion of the H D Kote Mini Vidhana Soudha. She also highlighted the pressure on KR Hospital as a large number of people from Mysore, Chamarajanagar, Mandya and Hassan districts entirely depend on it.
A hospital which has at least 1,500 beds is required for the city that has a population of more than 10 lakh people. The government is yet to approve the proposal of the new hospital in the premises of P K Sanitorium on KRS Road, she said.
Shikha also said the district needed video conferencing facilities to review various works and to hold meetings with officials in taluk centres.
To have this facility in seven taluks, the district needs Rs 70 lakh, and the government should consider it positively, she appealed.
She said the district had plans to renovate the existing 117-year-old Deputy Commissioner’s office, a heritage building, at the cost of Rs 2 crore.
She also said a separate grant of Rs 25 crore was needed for the construction of new buildings for the office of the Deputy Commissioner and to provide a place for all other office departments in it. She informed the Chief Secretary that both the Anna Bhagya and Ksheera Bhagya schemes were successfully implemented in the district. Regional commissioner M V Jayanthi, Police Commissioner M A Saleem, SP Abhinav Khare and MUDA Commissioner Palaiah were among the officials present.