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Relief fund: Officials face the music for shabby work

When there is money, why not distribute it?: A M Kunjappa

Deputy Commissioners, Tahasildars, MGNREGA and Tribal officials from Mysuru, Mandya, Chamarajanagar, Chikmaglur and Hassan districts were taken to task by the Regional Commissioner A M Kunjappa for not ensuring proper distribution of relief fund to farmers who had lost heavily due to the drought last year.

The Centre has released Rs 1,540 crore as relief assistance to Karnataka from the National Disaster Relief Fund (NDRF) of which the state government has allotted Rs 15,333.92 lakh _ Mysuru (3,573 lakh), Mandya (Rs 2,848.20 lakh), Chamarajanagar Rs (1,793.56 lakh), Chikmaglur (Rs 2,084.90 lakh) and Hassan (Rs 5,033.33 lakh) districts.

In a review meeting chaired by Kunjappa on Thursday to evaluate the details of the amount disbursed for input subsidy for crop loss due to drought in 2015, he said, “What takes it to distribute the whole amount for the benefit of farmers? Why is the delay? Despite having the figure of the affected farmers, why all the farmers have not been compensated duly,” Kunjappa questioned the officials while analysing the data of the five districts. He also lashed out at the officials for not giving right information to the respective Deputy Commissioners.

According to the data, of the 6,68,764 farmers eligible for the compensation, only 4,73,7455 farmers have been compensated. In Mysuru district, 77,419 farmers were compensated as against 1,19,150 farmers, while 64,091 farmers as against 80,748 were compensated in Mandya district. As many as 3,21,188 beneficiaries were identified in Hassan and the compensation was paid to only 2,03,762 farmers, while 43,471 beneficiaries were compensated as against 93,050 farmers in Chikmagalur. Out of 54,628 beneficiaries, 48712 farmers were compensated in Chamarajanagar district. A total amount of Rs 3,519.94 lakh is still to be paid to the beneficiaries.

He further said that the Chief Secretary of Karnataka government,  Arvind Jadhav, had in a video conference on February 27 expressed his disappointment over the shabby work.

Kunjappa directed all the concerned officials to hasten up the work process and ensure the smooth distribution of the entire drought fund.

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