State yet to receive Central funds says Deshpande

Despite announcing financial assistance of Rs 949.49 crore on January 19, the Centre has not released the amount, said Revenue Minister R V Deshpande on Friday.

Addressing the media after holding a meeting with the nine-member inter-ministerial central team (IMCT), Deshpande said that the state government has sought a financial assistance of Rs 2,434 crore from the Centre as per the State and National Disaster Response Force (SDRF/NDRF) norms.

“Though the Centre had approved assistance of Rs 949.49 crore, it has not released the amount. The state government has released Rs 815 crore for agriculture crop loss, Rs 126 crore for horticulture crops, and Rs 7.72 crore for drinking water, so far. There is a misconception that there are funds under SDRF. However, the money available under SDRF has been utilised. We have sought the Centre to release the amount at the earliest,” he added.

Deshpande said that drinking water was being supplied through tankers to 377 villages in 19 districts, while 431 private borewells have been rented to supply water in 401 villages.

The government, however, was apprehending acute shortage of fodder in the coming weeks, he said. “There are 1.30 crore livestock in the state. Every week, around 4.5 lakh tonne fodder is required. The available fodder available will, however, be exhausted in another 17 weeks,” he added.

The IMCT, headed by Abhilaksh Likhi, joint secretary and central registrar of cooperative societies, Ministry of Agriculture, visited 14 districts in north interior Karnataka on February 27 and 28.

On Friday, the team briefed the state Cabinet sub-committee on the crop loss assessment. The team is expected to submit its report to the Centre in a week or two.

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