Loss in the district put at Rs 217 crore

Loss in the district put at Rs 217 crore

The district has suffered a loss of Rs 217 crore due to drought, said Deputy Commissioner D S Vishwanath.

He was speaking to reporters at the National Statistical Organisation after making a power-point presentation to the Central team that visited the district to study drought situation here, on Tuesday.

The team has been informed that the Rs 217 crore loss has been estimated from agriculture, horticulture, fisheries, animal  husbandry and other areas that were affected due to drought.

Besides, the team has been apprised of fodder crisis, water shortage and malnutrition of children in the district, he added.

He further said that the team which met farmers gathered details about the loss of mango crop, silk and about horticultural crops and has promised to release funds under the natural disaster relief fund.

Considering the necessity of allowing rainwater to percolate in the district, the team has suggested to revive 2055 water bodies in this regard. Measures would be taken to release funds, if it is proposed through the State government, the team has promised.

Under the Natural Disaster Relief Fund, Rs 27 crore has already been released to the district. Since, an exclusive funds will be provided to revive the tanks, soon a proposal will be submitted, said Vishwanath.

Of the total 950 borewells, fluoride content is high in 500 borewells and as per the survey conducted in last February, a total of 813 children are suffering from malnutrition. Another survey will be conducted in May too, he added.

When reporters tried to speak to the visiting team head Parvesh Sharma, he simply said “Whatever you want, ask your DC,” and left.

In Mulbagal

The Central team assessing the drought situation in the taluk were bombarded with a list of grievances by women who reeled out their problems in front of the officers.
The team which arrived at  Devasamudra village met a group of women near Kiluholali Gate on the way to Yalagondlahalli. The women complained that there was  scarcity of drinking water and requested the team to ensure that water is supplied through tankers. They also complained that they could not find any work.

The team then took part in a public meeting organised at the Government School in Yalagondlahalli. Stree Shakti group member Narayanamma told the team that they were unable to repay loans due to the drought condition and the bank were refusing to lend them any money until the present loans were cleared.

They requested the team to ensure employment for them under the MGNREGA.

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