MCC-DC lock horns over ‘kerosene free zone’ plans

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MANGALORE : It seems a veiled war has begun between the District Administration and the Mangalore City Corporation over the issue of declaring Mangalore City Corporation limits as a kerosene free zone.
The Deputy Commissioner had convened a meeting with the Food and Civil Supplies Department officials recently wherein the BPL card holders who do not have LPG connections were asked to have LPG connections for which loans were also assured.
During the same time, the DC announced that the MCC would offer assistance for purchase of LPG connections for SC/STs from the 22.75 per cent reserve funds of MCC and from the 3.25 reserve fund for backward classes and from the 3 per cent grants for the differently- abled.
But what has been gathered of late is that the corporators have opposed this proposal and have said that they would not allow using MCC grants for the purpose.
As if this is not suffice, there was an issue of sorts during the DC’s tenure as MCC administrator when he had reportedly refused to sign the files at the recommendation of the Congress corporators.
Recent developments have further distanced the district administration and the MCC and there are reports that the DC is sending away some people approaching him saying “Do not come to me. The district administration has nothing to do with the MCC.”