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‘Officials not giving true picture about drought'

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Siddaramaiah visits affected villages in Dharwad taluk

Leader of the Opposition in the Legislative Assembly Siddaramaiah at a drought-hit village in Dharwad taluk on Monday.
Leader of the Opposition in the Legislative Assembly Siddaramaiah at a drought-hit village in Dharwad taluk on Monday.

Leader of the Opposition in the Legislative Assembly Siddaramaiah has criticised the State government for its alleged failure to tackle the drought situation.

Speaking to presspersons here after visiting the drought-hit areas in Dharwad taluk on Monday, Mr. Siddaramaiah said the government was claiming that Rs. 169 crore had been allotted to tackle drought. However, relief works were yet to begin at many places.

He charged officials with submitting reports which were far from reality.

“The government has not utilised funds released by Union government under various schemes,” Mr. Siddaramaiah charged.

He said villages such as Narendra, Amminbhavi and Hebballi were facing severe drought. Farmers at Narendra had suffered 70 per cent crop loss, while it was 95 per cent at Amminbhavi and Hebballi.

There was shortage of fodder too. Unable to rear the cattle, farmers were selling them at throwaway prices. Getting a pot of drinking water had become a tiresome effort.

However, the government and the district administration were claiming that the relief works were satisfactory, the Congress leader said.

Mr. Siddaramaiah said farmers at Heballi had been promptly paying the crop insurance since 2002, but had not got anything in return. He said the Congress would submit a memorandum to the government demanding waiver of farm loans, release of crop insurance and launch of drinking water projects on a war-footing. “Waiver of farm loans will not put any additional burden on the exchequer,” he said. Referring to schemes under the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act, Mr. Siddaramaiah alleged that the Union government could not release funds owing to the failure of the State government to submit the utilisation certificate.

He urged Chief Minister D.V. Sadananda Gowda to expedite drought relief works.

The former Minister T. B. Jayachandra and K. Shivamurthy were present.


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