Karnataka has released Rs 31 crore for drinking water: Minister

171 constitencies have been granted Rs 15 lakh each for providing drinking water, he told reporters. Districts such as Chamarajanagar, Kolar, Tumkur, Chikkaballapur and Bangalore Rural where drinking water problem becomes acute in the coming months would get an additional Rs 25 lakh each, Shettar said.

The government has set up a task force under the chairmanship of MLAs to monitor drinking water supply, he said. The Minister said there was no shortage of funds for implementing the National Rural Employment Guarantee scheme and workers were being paid their wages, adding that so far the govenment had spent Rs 2,400 crore under the job guarantee scheme.

Commenting on the recent stir witnessed in Koppal over non-payment of wages, Shettar alleged it was created by middlemen.

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