Govt Ready to give Rs 100 crore rain relief fund for Udupi Dist – CM Kumaraswamy
Udupi: In the wake of heavy rainfall in the district, Karnataka Chief Minister HD Kumaraswamy visited Udupi district and held a review meeting at the ZP meeting hall on Friday, September 7.
After chairing the review meeting chief minister Kumaraswamy addressed the media persons and said, “Today I have visited Udupi district to get the information on the loss suffered due to heavy rainfall. In between I had held the district level review meeting along with all the peoples representatives and officers.
According to the information given by the district administration and the peoples representatives the total loss in Udupi district owing to the torrential rains and floods has been put at Rs. 141 crore. During the preliminary assessment made by the district administration it was 41 crores. Today the officials and peoples representatives had given the clear assessment of the loss.
Crops on many hectares of land have been damaged apart from the damage to infrastructure including State highways, urban and rural roads, and bridges in the district.
The government has already released Rs 14 crores for the relief work. The peoples representitives have asked to release more funds to the district. Once I reach Bangaluru, and hold a meeting with the finance department I will try to release at least Rs 100 crore for the relief work in Udupi district.
The district administration has received nearly 7000 applications for new ration cards. The deputy commissioner and officials have informed me that there is a shortage of officials in the district. I have instructed the deputy commissioner and also given orders to appoint the staff immediately.
Many of the houses still do not have the gas connection for gas, the food and civil supplies department have cancelled Kerosene for their ration cards. I have given instructions to the officers to find out such incidents and do the necessary to all BPL families.
The government has planned to provide drinking water to Udupi district from the Varahi River. The final project is in Bengaluru. The DPR (detailed project report) is ready but due to some technical error it was not implemented. The government has also decided to inaugurate the multi-village drinking water schemes across the district, he said.
The Udupi district has been known to be a educational hub and many girl children are coming for studies from other districts and rural areas. The peoples representatives have demanded to open more hostels for women in the district. We will hold discussions in Bengaluru in this regard soon.
The people representatives have raised the issue during the review meeting that many hospitals in the district don’t admit BPL patients under the Arogya Shree health facility. I have ordered the district level health officials to instruct the hospitals to give medical treatment for BPL card holders who are eligible for the Arogya Shree health facility. The sand mining issue was also discussed during the meeting and it was decided to call an immediate meeting in this regard in Bengaluru. The state government is ready to curb Illegal sand mining in the state.
District- minister -in-charge Dr Jayamala, opposition leader of legislative council Kota Srinivas Poojary, MLAs Raghupati Bhat, Haladi Srinivas Shetty, Sukumar Shetty, Lalaji R Mendon, Sunil Kumar, MLC Pratapchandra Shetty, MLC Bhoje Gowda, ZP president Dinakar Babu, Deputy commissioner Priyanka Mary Francis, SP Laxman Nimbargi and others were present.