KARNATAKA

‘Form disaster management panel’

Special Correspondent

BANGALORE: The Janata Dal (Secular) floor leader in the Legislative Assembly H.D. Revanna on Tuesday urged the State Government to constitute a disaster management committee comprising legislators from all parties to monitor whether the relief works worth thousands of crores of rupees reached flood victims.

Speaking to reporters, he alleged that the officers, including deputy commissioners, with not attending to the plight of the people. They failed to provide clothes, dhotis, saris, blankets, food and milk to the children and a safe shelter, he alleged.

Referring to Chief Minister B.S. Yeddyurappa’s argument that the compensation might be very low, but the State Government could do little as it had to abide by the Centre’s guidelines, Mr. Revanna said under special circumstances, he should relax the rules and pay more. About mobilisation of funds, Mr. Revanna said there was no need to levy taxes. What had happened to donations collected during the padayatra in the city and Rs. 1,000 crore released by the Centre, he asked.

Under what rules Mr. Yeddyurappa made grants to religious places?, he asked. The Chief Minister should pay more compensation to the people of flood-hit villages. He alleged that the gruel centre in Gadag district, where Mr. Yeddyurappa and Revenue Minister G. Karunakara Reddy took food with the inmates of the relief camps, was closed within two hours of their departure.