Ther are few people like Mr B L Gote who really serve the public in public intrest
Source www.newindpress.com 3 Dec 2007
BELGAUM: Unable to bear it any longer the mounting public grievance about cooking-gas shortage, Chikkodi tahshildar B L Gote, on Saturday made a surprise check on Swastik Gas Agency at Nippani, and finding the agency sitting over the stock, set himself down to distribute the gas cylinders to the waiting consumers.
Gote found to his dismay that the agency had not issued a single cylinder to its customers for over two weeks.
He counted 815 on the roll waiting for their refill. Further he detected 189 filled cylinders in the godown.
A truck-laden with 489 refilled cylinders had arrived to the godown when the tahshildar was checking the records.
The official and his team made themselves comfortable in the godown for four hours and distributed the cylinders.
Gote has also taken the trouble to ring up the waiting customers at their homes and told them to collect their cylinders.
Later, the tahshildar called the oil company concerned and instructed it to send another load of cylinders so as to clear the backlog.
Meanwhile, a media corp had assembled to witness the unusual activity of a duty-conscious tahshildar.
He told reporters that he would report the matter to the Deputy Commissioner and recommend action against the gas agency.
Gote also visited two fair-price ration shops which were reported closed while they are supposed to be open.
He telephoned the shop owners and asked them to come to spot, and made them keep open the shops for the scheduled time - from 8 am to 12 noon and from 4 pm to 8 pm everyday.
He warned of cancelling the licenses if he gets any more complaint from the people.
Giving the official a helping hand were the Taluk Food and Civil Supplies Department officer B S Halage, spe, special tahshildar S M Nayak, and a team of official functionaries.