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   CM’S CLOSED-DOOR MEETING WITH OFFICIALS

• Says S.M. Krishna’s frequent visits to Delhi is a casual affair

• CM to leave for B’luru later today

Caption: Chief Minister Siddharamaiah seen addressing the media on the road in front of his house in city after holding a closed-door meeting of officials this morning.

Mysuru, Apr.29- Chief Minister Siddharamaiah this morning held a closed-door meeting with officials of the district administration at his Ramakrishnanagar residence.

Deputy Commissioner C. Shikha, Assistant Commissioner C.L. Ananda, SP Abhinav Khare, Tahsildar Naveen Joseph and District Social Welfare Officer Prakash were among those present at the meeting.

Speaking to media persons after the meeting, the Chief Minister said that there was no cause for concern on the drought issue as the Government was fully geared up to meet any eventuality at any cost.

Answering a query whether the Government would accept donations from organisations to fight the drought, Siddharamaiah declared that any organisation is welcome to donate funds for the noble cause of tackling a natural calamity like drought.

Asked to comment on the reported staying of the Mysuru Deputy Commissioner’s report, on Krishnaraja MLA M.K. Somashekar allegedly producing a fake caste certificate, by the Karnataka High Court yesterday, Siddharamaiah only said “All that I know is that Somashekar had sought a stay at the Court.”

Replying to a question on former External Affairs Minister S. M. Krishna’s frequent visits to Delhi, the CM said Krishna’s frequent visits to Delhi was a casual affair.

Hundreds of those present at the house submitted applications seeking funds from the CM’s Relief Fund for treatment of their dear ones while some sought financial help for occasions like marriage, etc., and others sought jobs for their kin.

Siddharamaiah, who later left for an undisclosed destination, is likely to fly back to Bengaluru later today.

   CM VOWS TO DEVELOP MYSURU IN NEXT TWO YEARS

Caption: Chief Minister Siddharamaiah, District Minister V. Sreenivasa Prasad, Urban Development Minister Vinay Kumar Sorake and MLA Tanveer Sait are seen performing ‘bhoomi puja’ for construction of grade separator on Outer Ring Road at the Columbia Asia Hospital junction in city yesterday as Ministers H.S. Mahadevaprasad and Dr. H.C. Mahadevappa, MUDA Chairman K.R. Mohan Kumar and others look on.

Mysuru, Apr.29- “I am committed to develop Mysuru, known for its heritage and culture, as the Best Planned City retaining its character and beauty by implementing various developmental works during the next two years,” said Chief Minister Siddharamaiah, here yesterday.

He was speaking after inaugurating the 0 to 34.045 km. stretch of the 42km long Outer Ring Road at a function organised at the Nanjangud road junction of the Outer Ring Road (ORR) after inaugurating Dr. Babu Jagjivan Ram Bhavan and Maharshi Valmiki Bhavan.

Claiming that the Government which had already sanctioned Rs. 50 crore for renovation of Lansdowne building, Devaraja Market, Hardinge Circle, concretisation of the road from Ramaswamy Circle to Bannimantap,Construction of DC office complex and six-laning of Mysuru-Bengaluru Highway which will be completed by 2018, the CM said that he would announce more development works in Mysuru in the coming two years.

He also called upon local organisations and citizens to extend co-operation to the Government to achieve the desired results.

Stating that the 7.5km stretch of the 42km Outer Ring Road which was needed for Mysuru, lying in the vicinity of many State and National Highways was inaugurated years ago, Siddharamaiah added that the ORR will not only reduce the burden on roads in the heart of Mysuru but also helps in saving precious fuel.

In the wake of reports that the population of Mysuru would increase from the existing 12 lakhs in the next 10 years, the Government has decided to construct a Peripheral Ring Road(PRR) to meet the requirements of the city, he said and added that survey for the proposed PRR has already been completed with MUDA taking the lead.

Urban Development Minister Vinay Kumar Sorake, speaking on the occasion congratulated those who played a major role in Mysuru retaining Cleanest City in India tag for the second year in succession and added that CM Siddharamaiah had sanctioned special funds for development of Mysuru. He also said that steps would be taken to fill vacant posts in various departments.

This apart, CM Siddharamaiah has earmarked Rs. 57 crore for the radial road, Rs. 120 crore for Jayadeva Heart Hospital and District Hospital, Sorake said and added that 2,700 ‘D’ group employees have been appointed in the Urban Development Department and another 1,700 Group ‘A’ ‘B’ and ‘C’ employees would be recruited through KPSC.

Grade Separators : During his hectic schedule in the city, the CM also laid the foundation stone for construction of three Grade Separators to be built at a cost of Rs. 72.96 crore to be taken up by MUDA.

The three Grade Separators will be constructed at the Columbia Asia Hospital junction, Hunsur Road junction and the Nanjangud Road junction.

The 500 meter long Grade Separators works which is expected to be completed in 18 months will have roads on both the sides, with two-meter wide service roads on either sides.

Namdharigowda meet: Earlier, inaugurating the first-ever Namdharigowda convention organised by the Akhila Namadharigowda Sangha at the Dasara Exhibition Grounds, Siddharamaiah said that his government is committed to provide equal opportunities to people of all classes and under the concept of social justice.

He also assured the community of providing land for an educational institution and hostel in Bengaluru as desired by the members of the community.

Meanwhile, Karnataka Seeds Development Corporation Chairman D. Sundar Das sought transfer of Namadharigowda Community from OBC 3A to 2A besides seeking an aid of Rs.10 crore and 5 acre land for construction of educational institutions and hostels in Mysuru and Bengaluru respectively.

Marking the occasion, Sangha President C.G. Nagaraju handed over a cheque of Rs. 2 lakh to the Chief Minister’s Relief Fund.

   ‘CHAMUNDESHWARI TEMPLE WILL BE DEVELOPED ON THE LINES OF TIRUMALA’

Mysuru, Apr.29- The Chamundeshwari Temple atop the Chamundi Hill will be developed on the lines of Tirumala, declared Chief Minister Siddharamaiah here yesterday.

Speaking after laying the foundation stone for various development works taken up at a cost of Rs. 79.94 crore, the CM said that the number of pilgrims visiting the Chamundeshwari Temple had increased in the last few years necessitating the launch of these works.

The temple’s revenue had increased to Rs. 21 crore during 2015-16 from the previous year’s Rs. 18 crore, he said and added that the temple had potential to attract more tourists.

The works launched by Siddharamaiah yesterday included the construction of a multi-level parking complex with a capacity to accommodate 600 cars, a commercial complex to house 116 shops on three floors, a toilet block and parking facilities for shop owners at the cellar of the complex besides a sheltered queue lane for devotees.

Siddharamaiah also announced the widening of the road leading to the hill-top into a four-lane by Public Works Department (PWD) at a cost of Rs. 30 crore and directed PWD Minister Mahadevappa to look into the matter.

Meanwhile, responding to complaints about drinking water scarcity atop Chamundi Hill, CM directed DC C. Shikha and ZP CEO P.A. Gopal to explore the feasibility and submit a proposal for the construction of a tank near Nandi statue from where water could be pumped to the hill-top.

District Minister V. Sreenivasa Prasad emphasised on the need to keep environment in mind while taking up development works atop the hill which he claimed was also an eco-sensitive zone.

   EXCEPT KALPAVRUKSHA NAGAR, ALL 64 WARDS IN CITY ARE ‘OPEN DEFECATION-FREE’

MCC invites objections & suggestions from citizens by May 15

Mysuru, Apr. 29 - Sixty-four wards out of 65 wards in MCC have been declared as “open defecation-free” under the Swachh Bharat Mission to rid the cities of open defecation in five years (by October 2, 2019).

The MCC had the onus of freeing the wards in its limits from open defecation and it recently secured declaration on the extent of use of toilets by children in schools and in the households besides the residents from the respective wards.

The declaration was presented to the MCC Council at its meeting on April 26.

Barring Kalpavruksha Nagar in Ward No. 48, the remaining 64 wards in nine zones had been proposed for declaring them “open defecation-free” and the Council passed a resolution.

The residents who have objections to the claims of the MCC can submit their objections and suggestions by May 15 to the MCC Commissioner.

When Swachh Bharat Mission Director (Rural) Nipun Vinayak was in Mysuru in January this year to attend the Indian Science Congress, he had said that the construction of toilets had seen a quantum leap and the target set in its first year had exceeded by 446 per cent.

The Centre aims to build 12 crore toilets by October 2, 2019 under the Mission to realise the vision of making India free from open defecation, Vinayak had said. The MCC will now focus on the lone ward that is still not free from open defecation and make it “open defecation-free.”

   VETERAN JOURNALIST S.V. JAYASHEELA RAO PASSES AWAY

Bengaluru, Apr.29- Veteran journalist S.V. Jayasheela Rao (87), known for his innovative style of legislature reporting, passed away at a private hospital here yesterday.

Rao, who started his career in 1947 with the daily ‘Desha Bandhu,’ worked for major newspapers such as Prajavani, Samyukta Karnataka and Munjane and was a recipient of many awards including the prestigious T.S.R. Award for his contribution to journalism. He was the Press Secretary to H.D. Deve Gowda when he was Chief Minister and Prime Minister. He also served as an office-bearer of the Indian Federation of Working Journalists and as the Chairman of Karnataka Media Academy.

Chief Minister Siddharamaiah, former PM H. D. Deve Gowda, Information and Publicity Minister Roshan Baig and other leaders and eminent personalities have condoled his death.

Last rites were performed at Chamarajpet crematorium with Police honours this afternoon, according to sources.

Jayasheela Rao’s elder brother S.V. Raghotham Rao (92), a State-level Scouts awardee, had passed away in Mysuru earlier this month on Apr.16.

   INDUSTRIALISTS INTERACT WITH LARGE & MEDIUM INDUSTRIES MINISTER: PHARMA PARK TO BE ESTABLISHED IN CITY: R.V. DESHPANDE

Caption: R. V. Deshpande, Minister for Large & Medium Industries, is seen addressing an interactive meet organised by Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) in association with Mysuru Industries Association (MIA) at Hotel Kings Kourt in city yesterday. Others seen are (from left) Suresh Kumar Jain, General Secretary, MIA; Dr. N. Muthukumar, Chairman, CII Mysuru; A. Jayasimha, Chairman, Jungle Lodges & Resorts and P. Vishwanath, Chairman, MIA.

Mysuru, Apr. 29- Pointing out that industrialisation is a pre-requisite for the positive growth of the State and the country, Large and Medium Industries Minister R.V Deshpande, who also holds the Tourism portfolio, has said that the State Government will start a company to attract investments from the country and abroad.

He was speaking at an interactive session with the industrialists organised by the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII), Mysuru in association with Mysuru Industries Association (MIA) at Hotel Kings Kourt in city last evening.

Noting that investment by industries holds the key to a nation’s progress, Deshpande said that investments will create jobs, which in turn results in financial improvisation due to which money begins to flow into the market through various sources.

The Minister also said that the State Government is planning to unveil a Pharma policy soon, which he said will give a boost to manufacturing of medical equipment too. The State Government has proposed to start a Pharmaceutical Park in Mysuru, he added.

Stressing on the need to support industrialisation and entrepreneurs, Deshpande said that the Government has been concentrating on providing all industries such as Textile, Leather, Tourism and Agriculture with the best of policies.

Stating that the Karnataka government has already made way to many budding entrepreneurs in the current year’s budget, he said the Government has come up with several incentives and concessions for them.

Speaking of industrial development in Mysuru, he said that there are certain issues that need to be addressed and the same would be done with utmost importance in the Cabinet meeting, as Mysuru has a lot of scope for development in areas such as tourism, wildlife, health, heritage, medicine and other key sectors.

Continuing, the Minister said that taking note of the need for establishing a Police Station on Hebbal Industrial belt, he directed the KIADB to allot a CA site for setting up the same.

He further said that KIADB authorities have been directed to prepare an estimate for development of Belagola, Hebbal, Tandya, Nanjangud and Hootagalli Industrial areas and expressed hope that the work on development project will commence in 3-4 months.

He called upon the entrepreneurs to set up Industries in Immavu Industrial area in Nanjangud Taluk.

Referring to the GIM (Global Investors Meet) held in early February this year, the Minister said that the Government wants the initial works on the projects agreed in GIM to begin by May.

Noting that when the MoUs (Memorandum of Understanding) are signed, there should be action by the investors on implementing the projects, Deshpande threatened to scrap the MoU signed by the Government with different companies during GIM-2016 if the initial work on the project does not take off by May.

City to have Infosys Tower: Tourism Minister Deshpande said that all departmental clearances have been given for the tower being built in Infosys campus in Mysuru, which is estimated to cost around Rs. 80 crore.

The structure, a tall free standing Clock Tower, will be built at Infosys’ 345-acre campus on a 22x22 metres base in Gothic style. The architecture will match the classical look of the other buildings in the campus. However, the old-fashioned face of the structure will have state-of-the-art digital technology.

Minister suggests different air routes: With Alliance Air, a subsidiary of Air India, the lone operator flying to Mysuru, discontinuing its flight operations to the city, Deshpande, who also holds the Tourism portfolio, said that the passenger traffic to Mysuru will not be sustainable if air services are restricted to Bengaluru.

Recalling his own experience, the Minister said that there have been no passengers whenever he has flown from Bengaluru to Mysuru.

Deshpande suggested that the authorities should work towards air-linking Mysuru with Goa, Mangaluru, Chennai and Hyderabad, if they need to have sustainable air traffic to the city.

Recalling that he had convinced Alliance Air Management to resume discontinued flight operations to Mysuru, by offering the airline ‘gap funding’ to make up for the losses, Deshpande said that they had expressed their helplessness to fly the route in view of mounting losses.

Earlier, CII Mysuru Zone Chairman Dr. N. Muthukumar, who addressed the gathering, said that Karnataka is considered as one of the most economically progressive States with a very positive GDP growth and added that the increase in the State’s GDP would have a great impact on the State’s overall socio-economic development.

MIA General Secretary Suresh Kumar Jain, in his address, highlighted a few issues associated with the Industries in and around the city, which need to be addressed at the earliest.

MIA President P. Vishwanath, MLA Vasu, Karnataka State Jungle Lodges & Resorts Corporation Chairman A. Jayasimha and others attended the session.

   VILLAGE ACCOUNTANT GETS SIX-YEAR JAIL TERM FOR TAKING BRIBE

Mysuru, Apr.29 - City’s Special Lokayukta Court Judge Sudheendranath yesterday sentenced a Village Accountant to six years in jail and fined him of Rs. 20,000 for taking a bribe of Rs. 2,000 from a woman for issuing an Income Certificate on Feb.1, 2011.

The sentenced official has been identified as Shankaralingaiah, resident of Holesalu village in Malavalli taluk, who was working as a Village Accountant at the taluk office at that time.

The petition was filed by Lokayukta Police Inspector Dharmendra on charges of Shankaralingaiah accepting bribe of Rs. 2,000 from one Padma, wife of Doddadasa, resident of Kundur village in Malavalli taluk for issuing an Income Certificate for Rs. 9,000 to get enrolled in the Bhagyalakshmi Scheme for treatment to her newly-born daughter.

It was alleged that Shankaralingaiah, who initially issued an Income Certificate mentioning the income as Rs.15,000 had demanded Rs. 2,000 from Padma to change it to Rs.9,000. Based on a complaint, Lokayukta Police had caught Shankaralingaiah red-handed and submitted a charge sheet in the Court.

Shankaralingaiah has been sentenced for 3 years and a fine of Rs. 10,000 has been imposed under IPC Section 248(2) in addition to 3-year jail and fine of Rs. 10,000 under Section 7 of the Anti-Corruption Act 1988.

Judge Sudheendranath, who found Shankaralingaiah guilty of charges, also sentenced him to three months in jail in both the cases on failing to pay the fine.

Public Prosecutor Kaliyanda Muthamma Poonacha appeared for Lokayukta Police.

   TALK ON CAREER OPPORTUNITIES IN MEDIA

Caption: Picture shows the students of Journalism and Mass Communication Department, Mahajana First Grade College, with Guest Speaker Dr. B. K. Ravi, Chairman, Department of Journalism and Mass Communication, Bangalore University, Mahajana College Principal K.V. Prabhakara, Department Head Dr. Bhargavi D. Hemmige and others.

Mysuru, Apr. 29 - A talk on ‘Opportunities in Media’ was held at SBRR Mahajana First Grade College in city recently.

Delivering the talk, Dr. B.K. Ravi, Chairman of the Department of Journalism and Mass Communication, Bangalore University, said that the scope of a career in media industry was unlimited and added that there was no dearth for jobs in media and entertainment industry.

He said that post-liberalisation, the scope of Media has increased and a large number of candidates were pursuing this subject as a career.

He further said that it is the era of media where TV channels are mushrooming both in English and regional languages and on the other hand, the print media was also not behind the race in recruiting candidates; besides there is a great career scope as Reporters, Editors, Photojournalists and Cartoonists.

Answering to a question on opportunities in Government sector, he spoke about the opportunities in Akashvani (All India Radio), Prasar Bharti, Doordarshan, Direct to Home (DTH), Press Information Bureau, Press Council of India, Song and Drama Division, Film Division, National Film Archive of India etc. and told the students to equip themselves with the skill-set required for the same.

Dr. Bhargavi D. Hemmige, Head, Department of Journalism and Mass Communication, SBRR Mahajana First Grade College, welcomed.

Pratheeksha introduced the guest to the students.

   COGNIESCIENCE TECHNICAL PAPER PRESENTATION CONTEST TOMORROW

Mysuru, Apr.29 - The 14th edition of the National-level technical paper presentation contest, cogNIEscience, organised by the Department of Mechanical Engineering, National Institute of Engineering (NIE), Mysuru, will be held on Apr.30.

A. Raghunath, Assistant General Manager (Manufacturing), BEML, Mysuru, will inaugurate the event at Bharat Ratna Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan Seminar Hall tomorrow at 10 am.

S.L. Ramachandra, Director, NIE Management Committee, will preside over the event sponsored by Technical Education Quality Improvement Programme (TEQIP-II).

The contest provides a platform for Under-Graduate and Post-Graduate students to present research papers under four engineering streams — Design, Manufacturing, Automobile and Thermal. Separate section has been created for PG students.

Inspired by the concept of ‘Make in India’ and to inculcate social responsibility among students, the Department for the first time has introduced a special topic for the presentation called ‘Innovative Engineering Technologies in Agricultural sector.’ In this section, the students have to come out with innovative ideas which would help farmers to improve agricultural productivity. Cash prizes will be awarded to two best papers in each stream.

The contest has received overwhelming response from students within and outside Karnataka. 36 research papers have been short-listed for presentation out of the 70 papers received. The event provides an opportunity for students to take initiatives to learn the latest trends in technologies and provide a platform to inculcate the spirit of self-learning besides offering scope to hone their communication skills.

   CITY STUDENTS MAKEIT TO JEE MAINS

Caption: IIT JEE Mains-2016 achievers Hoysala, Suchith and Karthik are seen with Learners PU College Principal Madavi Lata and Founder-Chairperson Murali Mohan.

Mysuru, Apr. 29- Learners Foundation Trust had imparted training to selected students of Learners PU College and prepared them to crack the IIT JEE Mains-2016.

S.G. Hoysala, B.S. Suchith and K. Karthik of Learners PU College, Mysuru, have qualified in this highly competitive exam.

The management and the faculty have congratulated the students for their feat.

The Learners Foundation has scheduled Math and Science Foundation Course leading to IIT JEE entrance exams from class 8 onwards.

Deeksha at Mother Teresa: More than 25 students of Deeksha, Mysuru, have qualified for the JEE Main qualifiers. V. Rahul of Deeksha at Mother Teresa, Srirampura, tops the district ranking followed by S.R. Dhanush, Yashas, Tejas, Basil, Ankitha, Priyadarshini, Chirag, Ramprasad, S. Tejas, S. Keerthan, Suman, Ujwal and Mukul.

The qualifiers were felicitated at the campus yesterday by Dean Yoganand, Principal Pushpa Murthy and staff.

Kautilya Integrated PU College: Mohammed Arshad Ali and Yashas Shinde of Kautilya Integrated PU College too have been qualified for JEE Main Examinations-2016. Dr. L. Savitha, Principal and Prof. Nishant A. Naidu, Vice-Principal, Kautilya Integrated PU College, have congratulated the students.

Mahesh PU College: Science students of Mysore Institute Mahesh PU College — Aniruddh Balasubramaniam, Parinith R. Iyer, Revanth Sharma, Aditya K. Aithal, A. Siddharth Reddy, Parigi Samhith Sharma, Shreya Jambardi, B.C. Adith Bharadwaj, V. Keerthi and D. Manish — have been qualified for IIT-JEE Advance clearing IIT-JEE Mains, according to the College Principal.

Manasarowar Pushkarini Vidyashrama : The following students of Deeksha Pushkarini PU College, Vijayanagar, have brought laurels to the college by getting qualified for the JEE advanced. The qualifiers are: Yashas, Pavithra, Abin Krishna, Darshan, Sachin Shetty, Naren Rajendra, Pruthvi, Sameera and Chaithra.The management and staff have congratulated the achievers.

   CM OPENS JAGJIVAN RAM, VALMIKI BHAVANS

Caption: Pictures of the newly-inaugurated Dr. Jagjivan Ram Bhavan at Paduvarahalli and Maharshi Valmiki Bhavan at Vijayanagar 2nd stage in city.

Mysuru, Apr. 29- After inaugurating the Rs. 4.5 crore Babu Jagjivan Ram Bhavan on Adipampa Road in Paduvarahalli, Chief Minister Siddharamaiah also inaugurated the Maharshi Valmiki Bhavan built at a cost of Rs. 4.75 crore in Vijayanagar 2nd stage yesterday.

Siddharamaiah after inaugurating the Babu Jagjivan Ram Bhavan by cutting the ribbon, offered floral tributes to the portrait of Jagjivan Ram installed inside the auditorium.

Siddharamaiah expressing his happiness in inaugurating the Bhavan, works for which were taken up in 2012 when the BJP was in power, said that Jagjivan Ram besides being a revolutionary and a champion Food Self- sufficiency and Green Revolution was a good administrator who was efficient enough to become the Prime Minister.

Valmiki’s bust at Vidhana Soudha

Marking the inauguration of Maharshi Valmiki Bhavan, Chief Minister Siddharamaiah said that the government has decided to install a bust of Maharshi Valmiki at Vidhana Soudha in Bengaluru.

   SWR CENTRAL WORKSHOPS CELEBRATE 61ST RAILWAY WEEK IN CITY

• 99 Bio-toilets installed in 50 in-service coaches

• Mobile Charging Units fitted in 62 coaches

Caption: Retrofitment of Bio-toilets: To maintain cleanliness and hygiene on Railway tracks, Mysuru Workshop has started to fit Bio-toilets in all the coaches.

Mysuru, Apr. 29- “Be it transport, tourism, defence or economy, the Railways, a progressive organisation which is always on the developmental path in each and every corner of the country has its own share in every field,” opined U. Subba Rao, Chief Workshop Manager, Central Workshops, South Western Railway (SWR), Ashokapuram, Mysuru.

He was speaking at the 61st Railway Week celebrations organised by the Central Workshops at NIE Diamond Jubilee Hall in city on Apr. 27 to commemorate the running of the first train from Bombay to Thane on April 16, 1853. In memory of this day, after Independence, Railway Week is celebrated every year all over Indian Railways during the second week of April, he said.

“Our Workshop too has a golden history. Starting from maintenance of Mysore Maharaja coaches, it has come a long way from Periodic Over Hauls (POH) of MG stock including Wagons coaches and Locomotives to POH of BG ICF coaches and to the present day state-of-the-art Linke Holfmann Busch (LHB)coaches,” he observed.

Lauding the Staff, Supervisors and Officers of the Workshop for the tremendous work done by them during the year 2015-16, Subba Rao called upon them to strive hard to further improve the quality of POH.

He expressed pleasure that the Workshop had achieved POH out-turn of 866 BG coaches as against the Headquarters Target of 864 coaches and IOH of 568 coaches against the target of 540 during 2015-16.

He said the Workshop was also supplying wheel sets to KJM, BEML, Bangalore Division and Mysore Division as per their requirements.

Stating that as against the target of 50,000 Composite Brake Blocks, 78,460 Brake Blocks were produced during 2015 - 16, he added that in addition to this, they have successfully turned out 47 SS-I LHB coaches, 58 SS-II coaches and 01 SS-III coach during this fiscal.

Bio-toilets : To maintain cleanliness and hygiene on Railway tracks, the Workshop has started installing Bio-toilets in, in-service coaches as per the guidelines of Headquarters and Railway Board, he said and added that during 2015-16, the Workshop had fitted 99 Bio-toilets in 50 coaches.

Apart from this, the Workshop has also fitted Mobile Charging Units in Non-AC coaches. During 2015-16, 62 coaches have been retrofitted with Mobile Charging Units. Also every coach turned out from this Workshop is provided with fully functional emergency lights.

He expressed confidence that with the dedicated efforts of all of them they would be able to surpass the targeted out-turn by a large margin during this year too.

On the occasion, Subba Rao announced that the Workshop had provided employment to 17 persons through RRC and 34 persons through RRB till March 2016. In addition, around 459 candidates were recruited as BTC trainees.

“In the changing scenario of High Speed Railway, Dedicated freight corridor, High Power Locomotives and introduction of fastest train of Indian Railways called the Gatimaan Express, the onus lies on us to increase the productivity as it is the only way to keep pace with the changing world,” said Subba Rao and called upon his team to strive to achieve excellence.

Awards presentation: In all, 236 employees of the Workshop and attached offices were given away awards in recognition of their meritorious services. Also 14 group awards were distributed for outstanding work.

Rolling Shields were given away to shops in recognition of excellence in the areas of Record Keeping, Stores Management, Maintenance and House Keeping.

N. Sabastin, SSE/BRS, K.L. Krishnamurthy, Sr.Tech./Welding, M. Ramachandra, Tech-I/AC/Mech., and N.B. Manjunatha, SSE/Elect., who received the Railway Week Award at the GM level for the year 2016, were greeted on the occasion.

In appreciation of the excellent work done by this workshop, the SWR General Manager has sanctioned an award of Rs. 1,60,000 during his annual inspection to the shops in December 2015, said Subba Rao, the Chief Workshop Manager of the Central Workshops.

 
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