V Srinivas Prasad was speaking at the quarterly review meeting of KDP at ZP premises recently
Revenue and District In-charge Minister V Srinivas Prasad on Thursday instructed the officers to provide drinking water without any excuses and to work on war footing to ensure that there will be no scarcity of water during summer.
Talking about various problems and developmental schemes during the quarterly review meeting of the Karnataka Development Programme (KDP), held at the Zilla Panchayat auditorium.
Terming the present situation as unprecedented, he said that the state was reeling under the most severe draught in past 40 years and the situation is likely to get worse. “Our government’s priority is to ensure provision of drinking water. There is no dearth of funds to provide drinking water. Rs 50 lakh has been allocated to every taluk. Water is being provided through tankers in many villages,” he said.
“The central government had released only Rs. 1,540 crore over the Rs 15,600 crore requested by the state government. Rs 35 crore input subsidy had been distributed to 88,508 farmers in district,” he revealed.
MLA GT Dewegowda took officials to task over failure in supplying drinking water at his constituency. The MLA expressed dissatisfaction about the failure in implementing and maintaining drinking water schemes in his constituency, despite drinking water projects being initiated one year ago. Citing an example of recent project where CM Siddaramaiah launched water schemes initiated at Doddamarathalli to benefit more than 20 villages, he said that no tender has been called so far. MLA Chikkamadu urged for funding of another Rs 50 lakh for his constituency.
MLA S R Mahesh said 50% BT paddy has been lost in KR Nagar due to pests but the farmers have not been given any compensation. To this, Agriculture Department joint Director Mahantheshappa said that compensation cannot be given for pest attack on crops if they have not been insured. The department is ready with seeds and fertilisers required for the season, he informed.
DDPI H R Basappa said that efforts have made to improve SSLC results under “Mysuru, guri Nooru” programme and RTE has been a success in the district except in two schools.
MLAs spoke about various issues in their respective constituencies during the KDP meeting. According to District In-charge Minister Srinivas Prasad, despite insufficient funding from central govt, the state had allotted sufficient money to each taluk to ensure proper water supply.