Power project: State for talks with TN

Water used for power generation will be released in Cauvery River: CM


Speaking to reporters here on Monday, the chief minister said that the water used for power generation will be released to Cauvery River. Apprehensions are uncalled for as Tamil Nadu will continue to get its share of Cauvery water even after implementation of the project.

He said he would talk to TN government after taking the Opposition leaders into confidence.

The chief minister said 85 taluks in the State are affected by the drought while flood has wrecked havoc in seven districts and a proposal seeking Rs 368 crore for relief measures has been submitted to the Centre.  He said the Cabinet will discuss the issue at a meeting in Gulbarga on August 27.

Provision for a debate on natural calamities will be made even during the special session of State legislature which will be held from September 9. Structural changes need to be brought into National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme and the number of working days should be increased to 200 to  check exodus of rural people at the time of natural calamities.

Central team’s visit

Central team’s tour to drought and flood-hit areas to assess the loss has begun. Officials are asked to convince them on the seriousness of the situation. Yeddyurappa said that he will meet the team after the tour.

On former CM H D Kumaraswamy’s threat to stage hunger strike, demanding development works in the Ramnagaram district, Yeddyurappa said, “If fasting improves his health, he is welcome to do that.”

Addressing a progress review meet later in the day, he said, “As a chief minister I was not able to stop exporting iron ore worth several thousand crores from Bellary. To prevent reckless extraction of natural resources there, value addition prior to exporting the iron ore was made mandatory. Karnataka is the first State to introduce this system.”

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