Staff Correspondent

Nodal officers asked to hold regular meetings of relief committees

  • Drinking water is being supplied through tankers in 12 villages
  • Government has sanctioned Rs. 2 crore to each of the drought-hit taluks
  • Belgaum: Arvind Jannu, Secretary, Department of Forests, Environment and Ecology, has asked the district authorities to ensure timely and adequate relief to the villagers in the areas affected by drought.

    Participating in a meeting at the zilla panchayat here on Monday, he advised the nodal officers appointed for each of the six drought-affected taluks in the district to hold meetings of taluk level relief committees regularly to monitor progress of relief works. He advised them to ensure drinking water supply, employment opportunities to prevent migration, fodder to the cattle and distress sale of cattle.

    He said the Government had provided Rs. 2 crore to each of the drought-affected taluks for implementation of 505 relief works.

    Mr.Jannu claimed that 334 works had already been completed.

    Deputy Commissioner M.E. Shivalingamurthy said that drinking water was being supplied through tankers in 12 villages.

    If there was no rainfall in next few days, 75 more villages may face severe drinking water shortage forcing the administration to arrange for tankers, he said.

    He assured that the removing silt from the Bellary Nala would commence soon. The work was stopped about a week ago.

    Zilla panchayat president Fakeerappa Gorbal distributed prizes to sportspersons.