Rs 352.58 crore from NDRF for drought works in State
By M Venkatesh | ENS - BANGALORE
04th July 2012 10:36 AM
The UPA government at the Centre has granted Rs 352.58 crore from the National Disaster Response Fund (NDRF) for Karnataka to combat drought conditions for the year 2012-13.
According to sources in the State Government’s Disaster Management Cell, the Centre had granted Rs 70.23 crore in April. The fresh grant was made on Monday.
The state has also received another Rs 66.55 crore from the Centre towards its share under the State Disaster Response Fund (SDRF) for 2012-13, and the amount would be utilised to provide relief to the people in the drought-affected areas.
The sources said with available SDRF and the NDRF funds, the state had released Rs 53 crore towards drinking water supply, Rs15 crore to be paid as compensation for the damage caused by the drought, including crop loss, Rs 29 crore for employment generation, Rs 84.07 lakh for rescue and emergency services.
The state had earlier sought over Rs 6,000 crore as financial assistance from the Centre to combat the severe drought conditions prevailing in over 123 taluks.
Sources said to meet the immediate drinking water requirements in 684 villages facing severe water crisis, the government had pressed 900 water tankers at a cost of Rs 5.40 crore.
The government had also established a dedicated control room at each taluk headquarters, and these control rooms would swung into action if any complaints regarding demand for water were received, they added.
Stating that the government had a stock of about 61 lakh tonnes of fodder, which could last for next 12 weeks for the 1.4 crore fodder-dependent livestock, sources said, the state had released over Rs 402.57 crore towards drought relief works till June, and over Rs 127 crore remained with the personal deposit accounts of DCs of the affected districts.
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