Kodagu’s rehabilitation is Karnataka government’s next challenge

Govt plans to build temporary aluminium sheds with all amenities for those who have lost their houses in the flood; compensation and jobs also likely

Published: 21st August 2018 05:49 AM  |   Last Updated: 21st August 2018 05:49 AM   |  A+A-

A man checks his belongings at a locality in flooded Kushalnagar on Monday | Udayshankar S

By Express News Service

BENGALURU: Chief Minister H D Kumaraswamy, who returned to Bengaluru after spending two days touring flood-hit Kodagu, said that the process of rehabilitation will begin immediately. In an attempt to help people restart their lives, the Karnataka government will begin rehabilitation measures, including compensation, jobs, temporary shelters, distribution of groceries and planning for permanent housing for those rendered homeless in the monstrous rains.

Towards the first step of rehabilitation, the government will provide Rs 3,800 as interim relief to every family currently being sheltered at relief camps. Every family will also be given a standard supply of groceries including 10 kg of rice, 1 kg sugar, 1-litre palm oil, 1 kg toor dal and 5 litres of kerosene.  

As rains have subsided in Dakshin Kannada, six relief camps have been shut down, he said. Apart from giving compensation, the government will build temporary aluminium sheds with all amenities for those who have lost their houses in the flood. “Kodagu DC has been instructed to identify land on priority for long-term rehabilitation of displaced people. If the need be, the government will bear all expenses for building houses,” he added.

Official reports have registered 13 deaths so far in rain-related incidents of which 12 are from Kodagu alone. Karnataka has sought Himachal Pradesh’s expertise on handling the situation, apart from seeking the help of experts fromNational Geophysical Research Institute to conduct geo-technical studies in areas affected in landslides. The government has sought the army’s engineering corp to help rebuild roads and restore connectivity. With a moto of “Build Back Better”,  a group comprising experts from Geological Survey of India, National Institute of Rock Mechanics, Army Engineering Taskforce will be involved in restoring critical road infrastructure at the earliest.

The Karnataka government on Monday opened up the CM’s relief fund for Natural Calamity 2018. All donations made to the fund will be 100% tax-free under 80 C. 

Chief Minister  announces

  • Rs 3,800 interim relief for every family in relief camps

  • 2,000 Temporary sheds with all amenities to be built at a cost of D10,000 each for those rendered homeless

  • Employment under MNREGA scheme for those who have lost livelihood

  • Grocery bag with 10 kg of rice, 1 kg sugar, 1 litre oil, 1 kg tur dal and 5 litres of kerosene to be given to each family Free books for students who have lost their belongings in floods

  • 100% deduction under 80C for those who donate to CM’s relief fund


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  • Poda De

    Something wrong with the basic upbringing of Gowda sons - elder fellow who is a minister treats voter-people with contempt and throws food- biscuits at them in time of calamity and the younger who is CM reads newspapers in the flying aircraft when supposed to be doing the aerial survey of flood-ravaged areas - how can they be so haughty, mindless & insensitive ?!
    4 years ago reply
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