Karnataka

Centre committed to helping State in flood relief: Moily

Union Law Minister interacting with the media in New Delhi on October 8. Photo: V. Sudershan

Union Law Minister interacting with the media in New Delhi on October 8. Photo: V. Sudershan   | Photo Credit: V. Sudershan

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Union Law Minister M. Veerappa Moily said on Monday that the Union Government was committed to providing all help to the State Government with regard to flood relief and rehabilitation in north Karnataka.

Speaking to presspersons here, Mr. Moily said that there had been unprecedented rainfall north Karnataka leading to massive floods. There was immense suffering and destruction of property. Taking into consideration the gravity of the situation, the Union Government had released Rs. 1,000 crore as first instalment towards flood relief.

It was up to the State Government to prepare a proper report on the loss of lives and properties in the floods and send it to the Union Government seeking further relief. But there had been a delay on the part of the State Government in sending such a report. The State Government should take steps to see that the relief provided reached the genuine beneficiaries and did not end up in the hands of middlemen, he said.

While primary importance should be given to relief and rehabilitation, the next step was building infrastructure in the affected areas, Mr. Moily said.

Felicitation

Mr. Moily, who came to Karkala for the first time after becoming Union Minister, was given a rousing reception. Mr. Moily was a MLA from the Karkala Assembly constituency from 1972 to 1999, winning six times in a row.

Later speaking at a felicitation function here, Mr. Moily said that the United Progressive Alliance (UPA) Government, which was re-elected at the Centre this year, was committed to social justice and would strive to provide it in the next five years. As a step in this direction, the UPA Government would be introducing a Bill on Food Security Act in the next session of Parliament.

The Union Government wanted all welfare measures to reach the poorest of the poor. He said that he would give priority to the Paschimavahini project, wherein dams would be constructed against west-flowing rivers in the three coastal districts of the State.

He wanted industrial development to take place in Udupi and Dakshina Kannada districts so that youth from these districts did not have to migrate to other places. But care had to be taken to promote pollution-free industries in these districts. The survey for the four-laning of the Surathkal-Kundapur stretch on National Highway 17 had been completed and the widening works would start shortly, he said..

“I will never forget the people of Karkala, who elected me as an MLA six times in a row. They made me Minister and Chief Minister of the State,” Mr. Moily said.

Congress MLAs Gopal Bhandary, Abhayachandra and Sampangi, MLC Pratapchandra Shetty, Congress leaders B.L. Shankar, K. Jayaprakash Hegde, Vasanth Salian, Vinaykumar Sorake, M.A. Gafoor, Santosh Kumar Shetty, Chairman of SCDCC Bank M.N. Rajendra Kumar were among those present.

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