Centre has approved Rs 546 crore for flood relief in Karnataka, after 45 taluks were affected by floods this monsoon season.
The monsoon season, which was a period of contrast in terms of rainfall, also saw droughts in 100 taluks of the state. The relief was announced following a high-level committee meeting, consisting of Home Minister Rajnath Singh and Finance Minister Arun Jaitley. Earlier, the state had estimated losses to the tune of Rs 1,199 crore due to torrential downpour recorded in August.
A high-level committee meeting, chaired by Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh, approved the additional assistance of Rs. 546.21 crore from the National Disaster Response Fund to Karnataka, affected by floods/landslides, said the statement from New Delhi.
Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley, Union Minister for Agriculture Radha Mohan Singh, Union Home Secretary Rajiv Gauba and senior officials of the respective ministries and NITI Aayog were present at the meeting.
Confirming the approval, state Revenue Department’s Principal Secretary Gangaram Baderiya said in Bengaluru that the financial assistance was in response to the state government’s memorandum in August to the Union Home Ministry.
Torrential rains, landslips and floods during the southwest monsoon during August 14-22 wreaked havoc in seven districts of the southern state, including Kodagu, Hassan, Dakshina Kannada, Chikkamagaluru, causing extensive damage to infrastructure, public property and crops, estimated to be about Rs. 3,000 crore.
Karnataka CM H.D. Kumarswamy on August 24 sought Rs. 2,000 crore interim relief from the Centre for relief and rehabilitation of flood victims in the old Mysuru region, south interior areas and Malnad region.