Central team to visit drought-hit districts today

CM directs DCs to arrange for fodder

 
They will be reporting to the Centre the severity of drought situation in the state.
Chief Minister Yeddyurappa, on Saturday, directed deputy commissioners in a video conference to take the team to drought affected areas. The team will be taken to agricultural lands where the standing crops are affected due to paucity of rains.

The State has appealed to the Centre for a drought relief package of Rs 318 crore and National Calamity Contingency Fund of Rs 385 crore.

Yeddyurappa directed deputy commissioners of drought-hit districts to take necessary measures to provide fodder for cattle and supply drinking water in rural areas.

He has instructed them to promote farmers to grow fodder to tackle shortage of fodder.
He also instructed the DCs of Bidar, Gulbarga, Raichur, Koppal, Bagalkot to hold meetings with farmers who possess irrigation pumpsets and prompt them to grow fodder in their lands where crops have been affected badly. The government would purchase fodder from them. The government had been supplying power to IP-sets free of cost.

‘Make better use of NREGS’

The Chief Minister instructed district administration to make better use of NREGS. Under the scheme various departments could take up programmes. Every unemployed person should be brought under the scheme and the district administration should ensure that no family should resort to migrate to the neighbouring district in search of jobs.

Yeddyurappa directed Bijapur deputy commissioner to sink borewells in human-settlements, where the total number of houses is even less than 100. As per the present instructions, the government could not sink borewells where the number of households is less than 100. The CM relaxed this regulation for Bijapur.

Chamarajanagar deputy commissioner told the CM that the district was in need of MoP and complex fertilisers. Agriculture department Commissioner Baburao Mudabi, who was present during the video conference, said that the required quantity of fertilisers would be supplied to Chamarajanagar in three days.

Animal Husbandry minister Revu Naik Belamagi, speaking to presspersons, said the drought situation is grim in Bidar, Bijapur, Gulbarga, Bellary, Raichur and Koppal districts.
The situation would turn from bad to worse if it does not rain in the next one month in these districts, he stated.

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