‘Relief works taken up on war footing’

BANGALORE: Expressing concern over the prevailing drought in over 16 districts of the state, Chief Minister D V Sadananda Gowda has decided to send three teams to the affected areas to monitor

Published: 04th April 2012 03:47 AM  |   Last Updated: 16th May 2012 07:19 PM   |  A+A-

BANGALORE: Expressing concern over the prevailing drought in over 16 districts of the state, Chief Minister D V Sadananda Gowda has decided to send three teams to the affected areas to monitor relief works.

He was addressing newsmen after a three-hour review meeting with deputy commissioners and district chief executive officers of the concerned districts here on Tuesday.

Informing that the situation is not as alarming as suggested by opposition leaders, the CM said that sufficient funds have been made available for the officials.

“Relief works are progressing on a war footing; there have been no reports of distress sale of cattle by farmers; fodder banks have been established, and priority has been given to tackle drinking water problems,” the chief minister said.

Informing that the state government has released around Rs 372 crore, including Rs 172 crore from the Calamity Relief Fund, Gowda added that Rs 159 crore has also been provided to deal with any exigency.

CM’s Media Advisor Sacked The state government has sacked media advisor to the chief minister R P Jagadish. Chief Minister D V Sadananda Gowda disclosed this on Tuesday.

“We have dismissed our media advisor as he was not attending office for a couple of days,” he said. He added that a new person will be appointed in next ten days.

Jagadish had also served as the media advisor to former CM BS Yeddyurappa.

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