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Expedite release of drought relief funds, Siddaramaiah appeals to Centre

Press Trust of India New Delhi | Updated on January 16, 2018 Published on December 09, 2016

Karnataka seeks ₹5,000 crore for drought, flood relief

Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah on Friday called on Home Minister Rajnath Singh and Agriculture Minister Radha Mohan Singh and requested them to sanction drought and flood relief funds of over ₹5,000 crore to the State.

According to sources, Siddaramaiah briefed the Home Minister about the impact of drought and floods on agricultural crops as well as the farming community.

In the meeting with the Union Home Minister, the Chief Minister informed that the State had already submitted a memorandum seeking Central aid of ₹4,702 crore for drought-hit farmers in the 2016 kharif season and ₹386 crore to take up relief works in flood-hit areas. A Central team, which visited the State last month to assess the situation, has already submitted the report, based on which the Agriculture Ministry has prepared a note.

In a separate meeting with the Union Agriculture Minister, Siddaramaiah raised concerns about delay in releasing Central aid to drought-hit farmers.

According to sources, the Home Minister is expected to soon call a meeting to decide on the quantum of relief funds to be released to Karnataka from the National Disaster Relief Fund (NDRF).

Karnataka is facing drought for the sixth consecutive year, and has declared 110 talukas in 25 districts as drought-hit during the 2016 kharif season.

Published on December 09, 2016
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