Center did not issue ‘single paisa’ for drought relief: K’taka CM ReadingS


Accusing the Union government of not providing funds for drought relief to Karnataka, chief minister Siddaramaiah on Monday claimed that his letters to the government seeking relief and improved employment days for those affected remained unanswered.

The Karnataka government announced that 223 of the total 236 taluks in the state were affected by drought. “We have started all drought relief works such as providing drinking water, providing fodder to animals, providing employment to people,” Siddaramaiah said. said.

He told reporters in Vijayapura that due to severe drought in the state, the state has decided to increase employment days under Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme (MGNREGS) from 100 days to 150 days per year, but the Central government needs to give permission for this.

“We wrote to the Center, but there has been no response so far,” he said. Noting that more than a month has passed since the state government submitted the drought notification seeking help from the Centre, after which a Central team also visited the state for inspection, Siddaramaiah said, “they have not given even a single penny” as of today. as drought relief”.

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