Calls to helplines go unanswered

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By Sangamesh Menasinakai – GADAG:

Express News Service

03rd November 2012 11:22 AM

As rain has been hampering normal life in most parts of the state for the past few days, Express conducted a random check on helplines opened by Gadag district administration to attend to rain-related complaints between 3 am and 4 am on Friday.

Express called the helplines just seven hours after Deputy Commissioner Pandurang Nayak announced their launch.

Calls to Assistant Commissioner’s (AC) office number (08372-238506) and AC I J Gadyal (9886695957) went unanswered.

Also nobody took the calls made to Ron Tahsildar’s office number (08381-267239) and Tahsildar Kadidal (9916558546).

However, Kadidal called back in the morning and said the rain had stopped in the taluk.

Moreover, the numbers announced by DC for Nargund (08377-242430) and Mundargi (08371-262237) were incorrect.

When Nargund Tahsildar C I Ganachari was contacted on his cellphone (99021- 08222) he did not take the call, but called back after five minutes and gave the correct number (08377-245243).

When contacted, Mundargi Tahsildar AT Naregal said his office number was 08371-262235.

The staff at the tahsildar offices at Gadag (08372- 278532) and Shirahatti (08487-242100) attended the calls immediately.

The STD codes of various taluks were not mentioned in DC’s press release.

It should be noted that a majority of the public use mobile phones, and STD codes are required to call landline numbers. Nayak was unavailable for his comments

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