Staff Correspondent

Several families on the banks of Don lost their dwellings

Party to distribute 10 kg rice to each affected family

BIJAPUR: President of the Bijapur District Congress Committee Sharanappa Sunagar on Friday expressed concern over the plight of flood-affected families along the Don, a tributary of the Krishna.

Addressing presspersons here, he said hundreds of families lost their dwellings in 22 villages on the banks of the river that overflowed on June 23 leaving widespread destruction, but many of them were still living in the open field.

Mr. Sungar said a few tin sheets were distributed for erecting temporary sheds, but they were inadequate and so was the case of foodgrains. Not all the affected families got contingency relief of Rs. 1,000, he said.

Rice distribution

Mr. Sunagar, who is the former MLA from Sindagi, said the Congress had decided to distribute 10 kg of rice to each of the affected families.

It was estimated that the drive might require around 300 quintals of rice.

The Karnataka Pradesh Congress Committee had given Rs. 50,000 for the purpose and rest of the funds had been mobilised locally, Mr. Sunagar said.

Two teams had been formed under the leadership of DCC office-bearers Shrishail Jogur and Vaijnath Karpoorimath for distribution of rice that would be done for a week from July 24.

Referring to the ongoing controversy in Karnataka State Women’s University, Bijapur, he said it was left to the Government to act on the report submitted by the Justice S.R. Venkatesh Murthy Commission of Inquiry that probed corruption charges against Vice-Chancellor Syeda Akhtar.

Asked whether the party endorsed the demand made by District Mahila Congress chief Vidyavati Ankalagi that Dr. Akhtar should be sacked, Mr. Sunagar said the party had nothing to with Ms. Ankalagi’s statement because she did so as a member of university Syndicate (Her term expired on July 15).

Later, Mr. Sunagar commenced the flood relief by distributing 10 kg rice to some affected families from Tonshyal, Gotyal and some other flood affected villages. Soon, the function turned out to be a birthday party for KPCC President, Mallikarjun Kharge.

Celebrating the leader’s birthday in a day advance, the Congressmen distributed cake on the occasion.