The issues relating to water scarcity, drought situation and suicide of farmers in the region echoed during the preliminary progress review meeting of the Karnataka Development Programme.
A week prior to the KDP meeting scheduled on November 7 by Chief Minister Siddaramaiah, a preliminary progress review meeting was held at the Regional Commissioner’s Office in the city on Wednesday.
Principal Secretary of Public Welfare Department (PWD) M Lakshminarayan chaired the meeting and gathered information from the concerned departments of the region. Deputy Commissioner D Randeep provided the necessary details about rainfall, water level, drought situation, crop failure, suicide of farmers and other concerning issues in the region.
Randeep said, “During April 2016 to September 2016, 383.4 mm of rainfall was received in the region compared to the expected 585.1 mm rainfall. There was a sudden in rainfall which forced the government to declare all seven taluks in Mysuru, excluding catchment areas, as drought-hit areas. The drinking water issue has become a major concern in various parts of the region.”
During the meeting, various schemes completed, pending and the required amount to be sanctioned were brought to the notice of the Principal Secretary.
Zilla Panchayat CEO Shivashankar, ADC Venkatesh and others were present.