Relief: Govt raises Rs 270 cr from public

The amount includes Rs 206.48 crore donated by government organisations, Rs 3 crore from salaries of government owned corporations and Rs 60.44 crore from various private industries.

Revenue minister Karunakara Reddy, in a written reply to a question raised by Congress member Pratapchandra Shetty, said besides the cash the government also received relief materials which include blankets, food grain and other essentials for the flood victims.

Discussion

The discussion on the governments efforts in the flood affected districts continued on the third day in the Council, with JD(S) member YSV Datta criticising the Government and the Chief Minister in particular for not giving a clear picture about the amount that was collected for the relief fund.

He pointed out that the Chief Minister on October 8 had declared that they had collected Rs 500 crore from public contributions.

However, on December 21, replying to question in the Assembly, he said that the contribution from the public was Rs 60.44 crore.

Mismatching facts

However, the website states the amount as Rs 267 crore and the Chief Minister at another place stated that the government had collected Rs 1,400 crore, he added.

He also said that the State government had declared that they had released Rs 1,874 crore towards the flood relief works in the 15 districts, but the reports from the deputy commissioners of each district did not correlate with the numbers provided by the government.

House Committee

He demanded that a House Committee be set up to look into the discrepancies in the numbers provided and also into the case of cheques issued by the Government in Kushtagi taluk, not being honoured.

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