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Introduction

Malnadis a region of Karnataka state in South India. Malnad covers the western and eastern slopes of the Western Ghats, roughly 100 km in width. It is a hilly terrain and comes under the heavy rain fall belt. The Malenadu region is humid and has an annual rainfall of 1000 to 3800 mm. Agumbe which is in Shivamogga district receives highest rainfall in Karnataka (close to 10000 mm) and is also known as Karnataka's Cherrapunji.

In Malnad area the villages are scattered to lying in remote areas .This region in the state poses special problems of development mainly due to peculiar settlement, sparse population, topography, dense forest, numerous, rivulets etc. In order to hasten the development of this area, Malnad Area Development Board was created as per Malnad Area development Act,1991 with a view to achieve overall development of Malnad area by implementing necessary development projects/works. The districts covered initially in this region were Shivamogga, Chikmagalur, Uttara Kannada, Kodagu and Hassan. At present total jurisidiction of the board covers part or full area of 13 districts of the state namely Chamarajnagar, Belgaum, Dharwar, Davangere, Haveri, Chikmagalur, Hassan, Shivamogga, Kodagu, Mysore, Uttarkannada, Udupi, Mangalore.

Objectives

The main objective of the Board is to prepare annual action plan containing projects and programmes required for overall development of Malnad area. The Board is required to supervise the implementation of projects and programmes included in its annual action plan. By implementing the programmes and projects taken up under its action plan, Board shall cause overall development of the Malnad area.

Area of Operation

The area of operation of Malnad Area Development Board comprises 13 Malnad districts. They are Belgaum, Chamarajanagar, Chikmagalur, Davangere, Dharwad, Hassan,Havei,Kodagu,Mangalore,Mysre,Shivamogga, Udupi, Uttar Kannada. These districts comprises 65 Assembly constituencies and 61 taluks. The area of operation of the Board notified by the Govt.is as follows:

Sl No District Name of the Taluk No.of Talukas No.of Constituencies
1 Belgaum Bailahongal,Belgaum,Hukkeri,Khanapur,Saudatti 5 9
2 Chamaraj nagar Chamarajnagar,Gundlupete,Kollegala 3 4
3 Chikkamagalur Kadur,Koppa,Chikkamagalur,Mudigere, Narasimharajapur,Shringeri,Tarikere 7 5
4 Davanagere Channagiri,Honnali 2 3
5 Dharwad Dharwad,Kalaghatagi 2 3
6 Hassan Alur,Arakalagud,Belur,Hassan,Sakaleshpur 5 5
7 Haveri Hangal,Hirekerur,Byadagi,Savanur,Shiggaon 5 5
8 Kodagu Madikeri,Somavarpet,Virajpet 3 2
9 Dakshina Kannada Mangalore,Puttur,Sulya,Bantwal,Belthangadi,Mudubidri,Kadaba 5 8
10 Mysore Heggadadevana kote,Hunasur,Periyapattana,Sargur 3 3
11 Shivamogga Bhadravati,Shivamogga,Sagar,Sorab,Hosanagar, Thirthahalli,Shikaripura 7 7
12 Udupi Udupi,Kundapur,Karkala,Brahmavara,Kapu,Byndoor,Hebri 3 5
13 Uttara kannada Ankola,Bhatkal,Haliyal,Honnavara,Karwar, Kumta,Mundagod,Siddapur,Sirsi,Joida,Yallapur,Dandeli 11 6
Total 69 65

Staffing Pattern

To carry out the functions of the board, the board has been provided with the following staff.

Sl No Staff Sanctioned Sanctioned Working Vacancy
1 Secretary 1 1 -
2 Deputy Secretary 1 0 1
3 Finance Controller 1 1 -
4 Deputy Director (Planning) 1 1 -
5 Executive Engineer 1 1 -
6 Account Superintendent 1 1 -
7 Computer Operator 1 - 1
8 First Division Assistants 4 4 -
9 Second Division Assistants 2 1 1
10 Stenographers 2 1 1
11 Drivers 2 1 1
12 D-Group Employees 5 1 4
13 Daily Wages Welfare association - 1(Driver), 1(D-Group) -
Chairman's Personnel Section
1 Personnel Secretary 1 1 -
2 C-Group Employees 2 2 -
3 D-Group Employees 2 2 -
4 Drivers 1 1 -