Central team to assess drought situation in Karnataka

A team of officials from the Union government is set to tour the state for three days, starting this Wednesday, to assess the drought condition in various parts of the state.

Published: 02nd November 2016 03:32 AM  |   Last Updated: 02nd November 2016 03:32 AM   |  A+A-

By Express News Service

BENGALURU: A team of officials from the Union government is set to tour the state for three days, starting this Wednesday, to assess the drought condition in various parts of the state. The team has been divided into three groups. The first group will head to Chitradurga, Ballari, Koppal, Gadag, Dharwad, Haveri and Davangere districts.

The second group will tour Ramanagara Chamarajanagar, Mysuru, Mandya and Hassan districts, while the third group will tour Tumakuru, Chikkaballapur, Kolar and Bengaluru Rural districts.

The team will submit its report to the Union government, a release from the state government stated.
The state government has already submitted a memorandum to the Centre seeking Rs 3,375 crore to take up drought relief works.The state declared 110 taluks as drought-hit and 25 more are set to be added to the list. It has also sought a financial assistance of Rs 120.13 crore to help farmers who have not sown paddy in the Cauvery command area districts.

In the memorandum, the state government stated that a prolonged continuous dry spell in the drought-hit taluks has destroyed crops in an area of 25.57 lakh hectares and the loss is estimated to be Rs 11,051.33 crore.

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