Decision is premature: Siddaramaiah

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Special Correspondent

BANGALORE: Describing the decision to take an all-party delegation, led by Chief Minister B.S. Yeddyurappa to New Delhi to seek Central assistance for flood relief work in the State, as “premature”, Leader of the Opposition in the Legislature Assembly Siddaramaiah said the Congress will not be part of it.

Addressing presspersons here on Monday, Mr. Siddaramaiah accused Mr. Yeddyurappa of “playing politics” in the relief and rehabilitation of the flood-hit victims of north Karnataka.

“Prime Minister Manmohan Singh has already made an aerial survey before releasing Rs. 1,000 crore as interim relief. The Central team will be touring the affected regions from October 21 to 23. What is the need for the Chief Minister to take a delegation at this juncture?” Mr. Siddaramaiah asked.

He felt that the Chief Minister should rather ensure that a detailed survey of the damage caused on account of the floods was prepared and submitted to the Centre.

The Congress leader said that the relief and rehabilitation efforts in the State were proceeding at a snail’s pace.

“The Government has admitted that it required at least one lakh temporary sheds. So far, they have not been able to put up even 10,000 of them. The government officials cite non-availability of zinc sheets as the reason for their failure to put up the sheds,” Mr. Siddaramaiah said.

The need of the hour was for district in-charge Ministers to remain in the flood-hit regions and supervise the relief operations, he said.




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