Supply only clean and potable drinking water: Karnataka CM to officials

Ahead of the monsoon, the CM convened a meeting of all DCs and chief executive officers of Zilla Panchayats through video conference, which was attended by his cabinet ministers.
Chief Minister Siddaramaiah and DyCM DK Shivakumar hold a virtual meeting with DCs and ZP CEOs to review drought in Bengaluru on Thursday
Chief Minister Siddaramaiah and DyCM DK Shivakumar hold a virtual meeting with DCs and ZP CEOs to review drought in Bengaluru on Thursday

BENGALURU: Chief Minister Siddaramaiah on Thursday directed deputy commissioners and other officials to ensure that drinking water is tested and deemed potable before it is supplied, in rural and urban areas. He warned officials that if they fail to do it, action would be taken against them.

Ahead of the monsoon, the CM convened a meeting of all DCs and chief executive officers of Zilla Panchayats through video conference, which was attended by his cabinet ministers. He said DCs and tahsildars have Rs 826 crore in their accounts at present. “There will be no issue of drinking water. If needed, they will drill new borewells. Fodder and drinking water should not be a problem,” he said.

Stressing on clean drinking water, Siddaramaiah said, “Cases of cholera have been reported in many places, including Mysuru. There has been a death in K Salundi in Mysuru, after consuming contaminated water. More than 40 people fell ill and were treated. I have directed officials to test water before supply.”

He told reporters after the meeting that the state received good pre-monsoon rain. “From March till now, the State should have recorded 87mm of rain, but has received 123mm, and there has been good rain in eight districts. According to IMD, more rain than normal is expected this year. In case of floods, DCs have to take up measures even before the monsoon hits, like desilting drains and lakes, and advising people living near rivers to shift inland,” he said.

DCs should be in touch with disaster management teams, Siddaramaiah said. He directed officials to implement schemes announced in the state budget. “We have made more than 500 announcements and there is a need to implement them before the next budget,” he said.

With sowing having started, officials have been directed to ensure there is no shortage of seeds and fertilizers. Normal sowing is due to start in June.

Never said no one from Karnataka will become PM: Siddu

CM Siddaramaiah on Thursday clarified that he never said no one from Karnataka will become the PM. The CM said while responding to a question he had only stated that he is not a PM candidate from Karnataka. Speaking to reporters, the CM said during his ‘Meet the Press’ event organised by Bengaluru Press Club, a reporter asked if he will be the PM candidate from Karnataka.

”I had stated that I am not the PM candidate from Karnataka and I will not even become the PM. I have not said no one from Karnataka will become PM. There are many leaders from Karnataka who are capable of becoming the PM,” he said.

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