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Cong does not know the difference between central and rural banks: MP Pratap Simha

Centre has provided Rs 95,000 to each family affected by floods, says Simha

Mysuru, September 21:- “Congress does not know the difference between nationalised and rural banks,” said Mysuru-Kodagu MP Pratap Simha.

He was speaking to media persons in Mysuru on Saturday.

“The Trilingual Sutra was made by Indira Gandhi in 1969. Was Narendra Modi or Vajpayee in the government then?” he questioned. “Banking tests were never conducted in Kannada before. It was only in English and Hindi. This has been going on since Nehru’s time. We have requested Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman to allow Kannada in the examinations for regional rural banks. She has responded saying that the RRB exams are already scheduled and Kannada cannot be added right now but from the next year, provision for writing exams in the Kannada language will be brought from preliminary level itself.,” he said.

He requested the Congress to not mislead the public without knowing the real issue. He assured that even nationalised bank examinations will be conducted in Kannada in the coming days.

‘Immediate relief of Rs 95,000 to each family was provided by Centre’

Responding to a question on statements that the MP is not trying to get flood relief fund from the Centre, he said, “Around 2,35,000 houses have collapsed due to floods. Up to Rs 95,000 relief fund for each family has been provided immediately by the central government. Rs 3,800 crore has been provided by the central government to the flood relief and Yediyurappa government has been generous by adding Rs 6,200 crore to it. The previous government had not provided land to construct houses in Kodagu district for flood victims even after several requests. Chief Minister Yediyurappa has sanctioned land now. Many houses were destroyed due to floods. Now, the Yediyurappa government has announced an additional Rs 4 lakh along with one lakh for the construction of new houses. Rs 10,000 has been immediately provided to every flood victim. NDRF has inspected the districts in the months of May and June and SDRF in August and Rs 1800 crore has been sanctioned for development activities in drought-hit areas. The state will be granted maximum relief fund. From Cauvery River water issue to flood issue, PM Narendra Modi is in favour of Karnataka state,” he said. (MR/KS)


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