A high-level delegation from Karnataka today met the Prime Minsiter Narendra Modi and seeks a financial assistance of Rs 1,199 crore to take up relief programme in flood-hit areas of the state. The delegation was led by Chief Minister H D Kumaraswamy. Former prime minister H D Deve Gowda, Deputy Chief Minister G Parameshwara, Revenue Minister R V Deshpande and several others were part of the delegation.
No BJP leader from the state accompanied the delegation. Chief Minister said that he had invited BJP leaders from both assembly and council, besides MPs from Kodagu, Dakshina Kannada and Udupi districts, requesting them to accompany the delegation. Kumaraswamy said the state suffered a loss of Rs 3,705 crore due to the floods and sought Rs 1,199 crore to take up relief works in affected areas, including Kodagu, Shivamogga, Dakshina Kannada, Udupi and Uttara Kannada districts.
The funds were sought to take up relief works includes building houses, roads, bridges, removing silt from agriculture lands and providing water supply to rural areas, Kumaraswamy said. The delegation also urged the Centre to send two teams to assess the loss caused due to crop failure on account of both floods and drought.
As per the central government norms, a total of 86 taluks are facing a drought-like situation due to a dry spell and loss of moisture. The prime minister promised to send an expert committee to assess the damage due to drought.
During the meeting, the leaders from the state requested the prime minister to convene a meeting between the state governments of Karnataka and Tamilnadu, to discuss issues concerning the Mekedatu Reservoir Project. The project would not harm Tamil Nadu’s interests, and in fact, it would be beneficial to them. The chief minister added that the prime minister has been apprised of the fact that Mekedatu project would not violate the Supreme Court order on Cauvery water dispute.