Out of the three teams formed to study the drought situation in Karnataka, one team literally depended on the headlights of the car to throw some light on the drought situation in Chikkaballapur.


The Karnataka had requested for drought-relief fund from the Centre. The government sent its team to the state for review of the situation. It literally was seen taking stock of the crop loss in Chikkaballapur, Tumakuru, Ramanagar, Chamarajanagar and Chitradurga with the help of torchlight.


The team led by Kamal Chauhan of Energy Department, Ganesh Ram of Neeti Ayog and L Chatur Naik of Food Corporation of India was scheduled to be in Chikkaballapur village at 3 pm.  But it reached the spot at 5.30 pm. They just took information from the officers at Adiganahalli but did not pay a visit to the affected areas.


When they reached Gudlapalli village, it was dark. So the team stood on the banks of Yallampalli Tank and with the help of car headlights took stock of the drought situation and the crops lost in the drought. The team was hardly seen for two minutes at Gudibande taluk and rushed out of the spot.