PM's aerial survey likely on October 9

After touring Gadag, Belgaum, Uttara Kannada, and Dharwad districts on Tuesday, Yeddyurappa addressed a meeting of people’s representatives and officials at the Hubli-Dharwad Municipal Corporation (HDMC) premises here on Tuesday.

Later, he told reporters that the Union Government may have taken the flood situation in the State seriously, and the Prime Minister would possibly tour the State. Even the President had sought information about the situation. “We have already sought Rs 10,000 crore from the Centre, and urged them to consider the flood situation as a national calamity,” he recalled.

He also said that an all-party meeting would be called after October 9, and a delegation would meet the Prime Minister and other union ministers, seeking more help for flood relief work.

Yeddyurappa instructed the officials to supply seeds at 75 per cent subsidised rate to farmers who incurred crop loss due to heavy rains, and to stock fertilisers. The government had decided to give Rs one lakh for constructing each house for those who lost houses in urban areas, and Rs 40,000 under Ashraya scheme in rural areas. For next five-six months, Public Works Department had been instructed to concentrate on constructing bridges, and roads, he added.

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