The officials of Department of Revenue were instructed by Minister for Revenue Kagodu Thimmappa to submit report after conducting a survey of crop loss in irrigated land.
The decision was taken at the Cabinet sub-committee meeting on drought, held in the city on Friday. The instructions were issued when KR Nagar MLA Sa Ra Mahesh brought to light the crops grown in over 26,000 acres of land in his constituency were withering due to lack of water. He also objected the figures and statistics of the district administration which stated that only crops in 1,600 hectares in the district were affected due to water shortage.
Replying to the grievances, Deputy Commissioner D Randeep said the statistics which states 1,600 hectares is only rain fed agriculture land and does not include irrigated land. In this context, Minister Thimmappa instructed the officials to undertake a survey of crop loss in irrigated land.
Health Minister Ramesh Kumar voiced his anger on officials over non-functioning of Reverse Osmosis (RO) plants in the district which has denied safe and clean drinking water.
The deputy commissioner said “The district has sufficient fodder that could last for 12 weeks and 16 fodder banks have been opened. During current fiscal, 43 farmer deaths have been reported in the district of which 28 are found to be genuine; eight applications were rejected while seven others were pending. Compensation has been distributed to 26 genuine cases.”
The revenue minister also instructed officials to receive applications under Akrama-Sakrama scheme and not deny the one-time facility to the people.
District Incharge Minister Dr HC Mahadevappa, Co-operation Minister HS Mahadeva Prasad and Food and Civil Supplies Minister UT Khader were present at the meeting.