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New Polytechnic for women to be set up in Padubidri - Mr. Sorake
Padubidri, October 1st, 2016:  Kaup MLA Vinay Kumar Sorake has said that a new zonal office of education department has been sanctioned by the education minister, for the quick development in the field of education at cluster-level in Kaup and also a new polytechnic for women will be opened in Padubidri and it is at sanctional level. He was inaugurating the new computer section and distribution of school uniforms programme at Kinara English Medium school managed by Yermal Tenka Educational society.  He further said that the mid-day meals facility has been extended to PU students as well.

Addressing the gathering, the chief guest Kishore Alva, Executive Direcctor of UPCL, said the company is having transparency in its administration now and abe a public hearing will be held one month prior to  the commencement of expansion of the project.  "The expansion will be undertaken without cheating anybody and the company is ready to pay compensation to the evacuees as per the new rules," he said.  "The company will be spending Rs. 556 crores for the improvement of all facilities for the next 25 years at all the 80 government schools in the area," he announced.
Udupi Zilla Panchayat Agricultural and Industrial Standing Committee president Shashikanth Padubidri, Tenka Grama Panchayat president Aruna Kumari Y., Deepak Kiumar, Composite High school headmistress Sunita U., school headmaster Laxman K. Salian, Mahila Sabha president Sita V. Suvarna and Suresh Kanchan were the chief guests.

2 computers were donated by Dr. G. Shankar from G. Shankar Family Truist and another computer was donated by NRI entrepreneur Sundar Kanchan.

School committee president Gangadhar Suvarna welcomed the guests and said the foundation laying ceremony for the new school building at a cost of Rs. 3 crores will be held in December.  Yermal Tenka Mogaveera Sabha president Damodar Suvarna proposed vote of thanks.

Mr. Sorake urged UPCL to utilise Rs. 100 crores from its CSR funds instead of Rs. 25 crores for the rural development and offer more job opportunities to the locals.  "The tax paid by the company to the local panchayat, which had provided land for the project,  is not at all adequate. It should match the rural development needs.  Relevant information should be given by the company regarding the environmental capacity issues during the expansion.  The compensation to the evacuees should be paid as per their demand and because of environmental hazards due of coal based power generation, the company should give importance to gas based power generation," he said.