KARNATAKA

‘They are yet to provide rehabilitation to flood-hit'

Leader of the Opposition in the Legislative Council Motamma addressing presspersons in Challakere town on Thursday.

Leader of the Opposition in the Legislative Council Motamma addressing presspersons in Challakere town on Thursday.  

Leader of the Opposition in Legislative Council Motamma has alleged that the flood-affected people of North Karnataka region were living in sheds “like inmates in jails” as the Government is yet to provide them better rehabilitation. Addressing presspersons here on Thursday before setting off on the padayatra, she said that the affected people were still living in temporary sheds made up of tin sheets even after one year of the natural calamity. “The people have no basic facilities such as water and electricity. Sanitation is a major problem as there are no toilets, not even for women,” she alleged. Ms. Motamma, who visited a few villages recently, asked what right the Bharatiya Janata Party Government has to be in power if it could not provide even basic facilities to flood victims.

She remarked that the BJP can spend enormous money for organising Global Invertors' Meet but it has no money to rehabilitate the affected people. Taking exception to the criticism by a few BJP leaders that the Congress padayatra was nothing but drama as the party leaders were indulging in dances, Ms. Motamma said that the performers had come from various parts of the State and they were all folk dancers. “Folk culture is our tradition. The dancers are here to entertain the padayatris to keep their morale high,” she added.

She claimed that all works in rural areas taking place were due to funds released by the Union Government under the Mahatma Gandhi Rural Employment Guarantee Act.

State unit president of the party women's wing Manjula Naidu and former zilla panchayat president Geetanandini Gowda were present.

People are still living in temporary sheds: Motamma

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