State Govt urges Centre to release Rs 4,703 Cr as drought relief fund

Bengaluru: Karnataka chief minister has urged the prime minister to immediately release Rs 4703 crore fund for crop damage due to poor monsoon in the state against Rs 17,183 crore worth crop damage estimated on an area of 36.35 lakh hectares in the state.

Speaking in the meeting on Friday in New Delhi with an all party delegation from the state led by chief minister Siddaramaiah, Prime Minister assured the delegation that, the union government will take necessary steps to release sufficient amount of money to the state after a meeting with the finance ministry to be held on January 4.

After the meeting with the prime minister, Siddaramaiah said, 139 taluks in Karnataka have been declared as ‘drought hit’ by the state government. There is also severe drought condition is prevailing in Karnataka for the last six years. Therefore, union government’s assistance is essential cope with the situation.

The state government has also urged the prime minister to release funds worth Rs 386.44 crore for crop damage occurred during September 2016 in five districts of North Karnataka. Siddaramaiah also asked the centre to immediately sanction the balance amount of Rs 2,856.72 crore to the  National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (NREGA).



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