The district administration failed to disseminate information about drought well in advance so that farmers' losses could have been avoided, according to All India Congress Committee member Prakash Rathod.

‘Timely advice needed'

He told presspersons on Monday that as there was scanty rainfall, authorities were well aware back in August that drought was very much a possibility. So, they could have advised farmers to adopt alternative cropping pattern to suit the drought condition. If farmers had been given necessary information, much of the losses suffered by the farmers due to drought could have been avoided. Besides, the authorities concerned could have make arrangements to provide drinking water to all the villages in the district from the Alamatti reservoir.

Mr. Prakash Rathod urged Chief Minister D.V. Sadananda Gowda to announce a special package for Bijapur district and release funds at the earliest to provide relief to drought-hit people. “The State should send a delegation to the Union government to apprise it of the drought conditions in the State”, he added.

In order to provide permanent solution to drinking water shortage in all the 660 villages of the district, the State government should implement Rs. 897-crore project of supplying water to all villages from the Alamatti reservoir.

Mr. Prakash Rathod suggested that Karnataka should urge Maharashtra to release 5 tmcft of water from Koyna dam.

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