MLA urges govt to release Rs 10 lakh to each village

MLA urges govt to release Rs 10 lakh to each village

Task force meeting suggests steps to tackle drought situation

In the backdrop of severe drought in Kolar district, the State government should release an amount of Rs 10 lakh to every gram panchayat, urged MLA V Muniyappa.

He was speaking at a Task Force meeting held at the Samartha Soudha in Shidlaghatta, on Monday.

The MLA said in order to tackle the unemployment menace prevailing in the district, owing to drought, and also, to avoid farmers and labourers from migrating to other places, the funds are must to meet the drought relief measures.

The undivided Kolar district is facing severe drought this year. The labourers who worked under the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme, were yet to get their wages. In order to meet all these situations, there was a need for additional funds.

Fodder banks

Muniyappa, further instructed the officials concerned, to open fodder banks near Venkataramanaswamy Temple in Talakayabetta and Byatarayaswamy Temple in Byatarayanagudi in the taluk.

With rise in the prices of fodder, the MLA suggested that a proposal should be sent to the deputy commissioner, seeking permission for importing fodder from Gauribidnur and Mandya districts.

He said if the Government released Rs 10 lakh to each gram panchayat, the farm labourers can be engaged in the pond desiltation project. This will help create employment opportunities to the farmers, he said and instructed the officials to stop the recovery of crop loans and short-term loans disbursed by the Co-Operative and National Banks to the farmers.

In view of the drought situation prevailing in the district, the Task Force meeting also decided to make an appeal through the deputy commissioner, urging for waiving off of interest on the loans taken by the farmers.

Sinking of borewells

It also decided to drill borewells in 39 villages, including Chilakalanerpu village of Shidlaghatta taluk and in the 16 wards of Shidlaghatta town. And also, for the drilling of borewells in the 16 villages of the taluk, wherein the borewells have gone dry.

Deputy Tahsildar S V Ramanath, President of the Taluk Panchayat B S Venugopal, members of the Zilla Panchayat S M Narayanswamy and Satish, members of the Taluk Panchayat Narasimhamurthy, Bhaktarahalli Venkatesh, Yerrabachchappa, Assistant Director of the Taluk Panchayat Omkarappa, Assistant Executive Engineer of the Panchayat Raj Department Nagappa and officials of the various departments attended the meeting.

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