Drought study: Cabinet sub committee visits Kollegal

 Members of Cabinet sub committee led by Minister for Law T B Jayachandra visited Hanur constituency in Kollegal taluk, on Tuesday, to study the drought situation and inspect the availability of drinking water, fodder for cattle and jobs under the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme (MGNREGA).

 The other team members comprising Minister for Cooperative H S Mahadeva Prasad, PWD Minister H S Mahadevappa, Minister for Fod, Civil Supply and Consumer Affairs Dinesh Gundu Rao, legislator R Narendra an others paid visit to the Madappa Temple and began the inspection of drought in the region.

 Later, the team visited Kaudalli village and inspected the revival and desilting of Dodda Kere tank in the village undertaken under the MNREGA scheme. Also, they examined the jobs cards of the workers engaged in the work an interacted with them. They further gathered information about the progress of the project from zilla panchayat executive officer and gram panchayat officers.

During the interaction, the residents of the village engaged in the project highlighted to the visiting team that if the water from Uduthore reservoir was let to flow, tanks and ponds in nearby villages would be full which in turn would recharge the groundwater table in the region.

 Addressing a meeting organised at the premises of JSS school, PWD Minister H C Mahadevappa sai that both the state and the country had witnessed poor rainfall in the past two years. This has affected climatic changes and adversely affected the environment.

To tackle this, the state government has set up the committee to stuy the drought in the region an provide drinking water facilities, fodder to cattle and jobs under the rural employment guarantee scheme.

 District In-charge Secretary Shambu Dayal Meena, Regional Commissioner A M Kunjappa, Deputy Commissioner B Ramu and others accompanied the sub committee which was touring to assess drought in the region.

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