Govt’s priority now is to fight drought: Dr G Parameshwar

CM Siddaramaiah, party high command will look into cabinet reshuffle issue, says Home Minister

Home Minister G Parameshwara, who was in the city on Monday, refused to offer comments on a Dalit becoming chief minister of the state. Parameshwar said the issue will come into picture during the next assembly elections. “Right now, the government is focused on drought management in the state which has severely affected most of the districts.” The Home Minister said that the drought review committee has identified that 176 taluks, 136 taluks have been severely hit hard by the drought.

“The Centre has released Rs 1500 crore and the state has spent Rs 1000 crore for handling drought situation and alternate jobs for the beleaguered farmers for their livelihood.” Parameshwara said that the government was giving top priority for supply drinking water to drought-hit areas and expected monsoon to arrive in a few days’ time.

Responding to a query over reshuffling of the state cabinet, the Home Minister said Chief Minister Siddaramaiah and the Congress high command would deliberate over the issue. He refused to be drawn into conversation over internal rivalry in the part that has been making news for some time now. He was speaking to reporters on the sidelines of his visit to the University of My-ore campus to take part in a book release programme. Ahead of the MLC elections, he is expected to hold meeting with party members from the heritage city.

`Mareyadiru Bharatha’ penned by Dr M Kannika, was released by the Minister for Revenue V Srinivas Prasad at Rani Bahaddur auditorium on Monday. The Home Minister G Parameshwar, MUDA chairman K R Mohan Kumar, RSS leader M Venkataram, Dr M Kannika and other dignitaries are also seen.

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