Karnataka CM likely to meet PM Modi in September to seek funds for flood relief from Centre
Karnataka chief minister BS Yediyurappa on Tuesday said a report was being prepared to secure Centre’s assistance for the flood ravaged parts, as he also expressed confidence that the financial situation of the state would improve in two to three months.
Karnataka chief minister BS Yediyurappa is likely to meet Prime Minister Narendra Modi requesting financial assistance from the central government towards flood relief activities.
Yediyurappa conducted an aerial survey of flood-hit areas in Belagavi and Bagalkot on Tuesday (August 25) and held a meeting with in-charge ministers and officials of the districts.
After the meeting, he said, “Even while the Centre and the state is not in a satisfactory financial position in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic, I will try mobilising funds for the state. Discussions with finance minister Nirmala Sitharaman for Karnataka’s share of Rs 13,000 crore in the GST are already underway.”
Sources close to the CMO said that the CM is likely to meet PM Modi to discuss the same after September 12 as well.
While directing the deputy commissioners of the affected districts to utilise the NDRF funds to carry out the emergency flood-relief works, Yediyurappa said Rs 412 crore was available with government authorities in Belagavi for emergency flood-relief works including Rs 174 crore for the reconstruction of the damaged houses. He directed officials in Belagavi to take up road repair works also on top priority.
The CM said Rs 488 crore was released as compensation to 44,156 beneficiaries who lost their houses in the floods in August last year.
According to the latest data available, at least 12 districts in Karnataka have been affected by floods and rains since August 1, in which 20 people have lost their lives, while three are missing and as many as 66 animals died.