Funds given to 128 drought-hit taluks Rs. 2 crore given to each of the 128 drought-hit taluks
CHIKMAGALUR: Revenue Minister Jagadish Shettar said here on Wednesday that steps are being taken to digitise survey maps of 30,622 villages in the State.
Mr. Shettar told presspersons that 128 taluks in the State had been identified as drought-affected and Rs. 2 crore had been given to each of the taluks in two instalments.
He said a Rs.1,700-crore proposal had been submitted to the Centre which had released Rs. 250 crore so far.
He said the Government had promulgated an Ordinance to punish those involved in the encroachment of more than 18,000 acres of land in and around Bangalore city.
He said government officials had colluded with land grabbers and the guilty would be punished with jail terms and fines. The Minister said under the Nemmadi scheme, birth and death certificates, caste and income certificates, pensions to widows and physically challenged persons in addition to computerised pahanis would be issued in 800 hoblis.
Work was in progress and would be completed within a month, he said.
Eviction of settlers
Asked to clarify the Government's stand on eviction of settlers from forest areas in Chikmagalur district, Mr. Shettar said Jamdhar, principal secretary to the government in the Forest Department, who had visited the areas, had submitted a report and had suggested remedial measures.
He said Chief Minister H.D. Kumaraswamy would convene a meeting soon and take a final decision on the matter.