Cooperative sector opens its purse

Special Correspondent

Mysore: The cooperative sector in the State has decided to pool in their resources and construct 1,000 houses for the flood-affected victims of north Karnataka.

Addressing a press conference here on Tuesday, the Karnataka Housing Board (KHB) Chairman and cooperative movement leader, G.T. Deve Gowda, said that the cooperative sector in the State had contributed Rs. 21 crore towards flood relief, and encouraged by their response the Chief Minister had appealed to them for an additional contribution to construct 1,000 houses.

“In response to the Chief Minister’s appeal, we have decided to construct 1,000 houses of good quality for the flood-affected people of north Karnataka and we have held talks with Apex Bank to work out the financial modalities,” said Mr. Deve Gowda.

He appealed to various cooperative organisations in the State to contribute liberally and cited the example of Karnataka Milk Federation which has chipped in with Rs. 5 crore for flood relief.

He said the Government has directed the local officials to utilise Rs. 21 crore that the cooperative sector has contributed for purchase of land towards creation of plots to enable the construction of houses.

If no government land was available, orders have been issued to purchase land directly from the owners to take up the rehabilitation work.

Mr. Deve Gowda said that the KHB too has decided to construct 500 houses for the benefit of the victims and a team of elected representatives would leave for the flood-affected regions in due course to ascertain the actual requirements before taking up rehabilitation work. He said the tour of elected representatives to flood-hit areas would not hamper relief work as local officials would not accompany them.

Mr. Deve Gowda said the Cooperative Week celebrations, to be held from November 14 to 20 across the country, would be scaled down in the State and all cooperative groups have been directed to restrict the celebrations to flag hoisting while doing away with felicitations so as to use the money saved towards flood relief.