Special Correspondent

BANGALORE: The State Government and political parties have appealed to the public to contribute generously for providing relief to the large number of people who have been rendered homeless following unprecedented rain in north Karnataka.

Minister for Home V.S. Acharya on Sunday earnestly appealed to philanthropists, industrialists, businessmen and all sections of society to donate liberally.

Contributions may be credited with the deputy commissioners of any district in the State in the form of a crossed account payee cheque or demand draft. The cheques or demand drafts are to be drawn in favour of “Karnataka Chief Minister’s Relief Fund-Calamity” and handed over personally or sent by post to the deputy commissioners of the districts concerned. The cheques and demand drafts may also be sent to Bangalore at the following address: “Karnataka Chief Minister’s Relief Fund–Calamity”, Office of the Chief Minister, Government of Karnataka, Vidhana Soudha, Bangalore-560001.

Contributions made to the Karnataka Chief Minister’s Relief Fund – Calamity” are eligible for exemption under the Income Tax Act.

The Congress and the Janata Dal (S) legislators have decided to contribute one month’s salary to the Chief Minister’s Relief Fund.

In a statement, BJP State vice-president E. Ashwathnarayan called upon the public to donate funds and material to the party office at No.11. 12th Main Road, 16th Cross, Malleswaram West, Bangalore. (Ph.: 080-23440382).

The CPI (M) has urged the State Government to convene an all-party meeting so that pressure could be brought upon the Centre to declare the floods in the State as a national disaster.

Meanwhile, Minister for Labour B.N. Bachche Gowda urged Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to immediately make an aerial survey of the affected region and release Rs. 2,000 crore as relief.

Also, each affected family should be given Rs. 2 lakh from the Prime Minister’s Relief Fund, the Minister added.

Seer’s tour

Vishwesha Thirtha Swamji of Pejawar Math would distribute relief material to the flood-affected victims in Mantralaya, and in Raichur, Haveri, and Koppal districts. He would tour the flood-affected places from Monday. Donations can be sent to Poornaprajna Vidyapeetha, Katriguppa Main Road, Bangalore (phe: 9845468508).