Chief Minister Siddaramaiah has called for a two-day conference of deputy commissioners and top officials of various departments across the state to discuss the drought scenario in the state and implementation of relief works from January 30 in Bengaluru.
The decision was taken in the wake of the state witnessing one of its worst ever droughts in the last 46 years. The southwest monsoon (between June and September) has failed totally. The rainfall deficiency during the northeast monsoon which began in October at one point touched 79% surpassing the previous worst ever deficiency recorded in 1988 (76%). According to reports from the CM’s office, the two-day meeting will discuss relief works for next three months besides steps to meet drinking water needs as levels in reservoirs are depleting by the day.