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Provide temporary sheds to flood-hit people; Minister R Ashoka instructs officials

Mysuru, August 23:- Minister R Ashoka instructed the officials to provide the flood affected people with temporary sheds till the construction of new houses.

He was speaking at a meeting of public representatives and officials at the Deputy Commissioner’s (DC) office here on Thursday regarding the flood.

“Government gives Rs 50,000 for the construction of sheds. It avoids them from going to rented houses. They can set up shed at their land and construct the house. Officials have to make a survey and submit the report to the government in the next two days. Government is ready to help the flood affected people. Everyone in the rehabilitation centre are given Rs 10,000. Rs 5 lakh will be given for the construction of houses. We are discussing to get additional Rs 2 lakh from the central government,” he added.

“Thousands of houses are affected by floods. Roads and bridges are also damaged. Crops have been destroyed. Officials of all taluks have submitted their reports. The district administration has sought a compensation of Rs 109 crore. I will discuss with the Chief Minister and get the funds released. Anganwadi centres, schools and college buildings should be verified to know whether they are still strong or not. Officials have to work day and night. We have to show humanity at first to help the needy,” he said.

MLA Anil Chikkamadu informed the meeting that the officials of CESCom have denied to provide compensation to a person who died of electrocution. Enraged by this, the minister asked why can’t the compensation be given. The official said that the person died of electrocution at house, which doesn’t come under the responsibility of the board. The minister said that he is instructing on behalf of the government to provide compensation.

“Five people have died due to floods in the district. Compensation of Rs 5 lakh each should be given to four families. The family of the other deceased are yet to be found. More than 3,000 houses have been damaged and an immediate compensation of Rs 10,000 each has been released to the affected. 35 rehabilitation centres were opened in the district where 3,529 people are accommodated. Still 2,037 people are at 14 rehabilitation centres in Nanjangud. Crops in 3,660 hectares of land have been destroyed,” said Deputy Commissioner Abhiram G Sankar.

MLAs L Nagendra, K Mahadev, Anil Chikkamadu, Harshavardhan, MLC Sandesh Nagaraj, Mayor Pushpalatha Jagannath, Zilla Panchayat president Parimala Shyam, vice president Gowramma, ZP CEO K Jyothi, Commissioner of Police KT Balakrishna, Superintendent of Police Rishyanth and others were present. (KS, NGB)

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