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Shettar expresses concern over delay in relief package

Staff Correspondent

State's request for Rs. 3,640 crores for flood relief measures


  • Asks State to follow Maharashtra's example in giving compensation
  • Seeks White Paper on amount spent on relief measures
  • BJP leaders to tour flood-affected districts from next week

    BELGAUM: State Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) President Jagadish Shettar has expressed concern over the delay in the Centre's response to the State's request for a relief package for families affected by the recent floods in Belgaum and other parts of north Karnataka.

    Talking to presspersons here on Thursday, he said an all-party delegation led by Chief Minister N. Dharam Singh had met Prime Minister Manmohan Singh in New Delhi on September 1 and submitted a request for Rs. 3,640 crores for short- and long-term relief measures in the flood-affected districts. Till now there has been no response from the Centre, he said.

    The State has already received funds from the Centre for interim relief measures, but the Government is delaying payment of compensation for crop losses.

    He said Maharashtra has announced compensation of Rs. 10,000 an acre for loss of sugarcane crop, Rs. 2 lakhs to the families of those who lost their lives in the floods and Rs. 5,000 as interim relief to each of the affected families. The best Mr. Singh could do is to give the same amount of compensation to the people affected by floods in the State.

    He demanded that the Government present a White Paper on the amount contributed by the State and the Centre towards flood relief and details of compensation disbursed.

    Tour

    Mr. Shettar said BJP leaders will be touring the flood-affected areas from next week to motivate people to bring pressure on the Government for early and adequate compensation and rehabilitation measures.

    A two-day study camp for party legislators, MPs and State officer-bearers will be organised at Murdeshwar on September 24 and 25 to discuss various issues concerning the State.

    A State-level "Deen-Dalit" conference will be organised in Bangalore on October 8 to discuss issues and problems confronting Dalits and backward classes, he said.

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