This Article is From Sep 24, 2019

"Trial By Fire Whenever I Become Chief Minister," Says BS Yediyurappa

In 2008 when BS Yediyurappa was Chief Minister, several parts of north Karnataka were affected by floods.

'Trial By Fire Whenever I Become Chief Minister,' Says BS Yediyurappa

BS Yediyurappa also said the farm loan waiver scheme from previous government will be continued (File)


Karnataka Chief Minister BS Yediyurappa on Tuesday said it has been "trial by fire" for him whenever he has occupied the top post, as the state was affected by natural calamities.

He also expressed hope about getting flood relief funds from the Centre in four to five days.

"Whenever I have become Chief Minister it has been a trial by fire. Record rains in 108-110 years have taken place leading to large scale flooding and destruction. We have to resolve issues and help in construction of houses to those displaced," Mr Yediyurappa said.

Speaking to reporters in Chitradurga, he said, in some districts there is a drought like situation and the government has to also respond to it.

"We are facing both drought and flood situation. I'm hopeful of getting funds from Centre in another four to five days.

We are giving special attention in providing relief to those affected by floods cancelling certain programmes of the state government," he added.

In 2008 when Mr Yediyurappa was Chief Minister, several parts of north Karnataka were affected by floods.

As many as 103 taluks in 22 districts were affected due to floods last month, in which over 80 people were killed.

Around seven lakh people were shifted to safe areas and thousands of houses were damaged.

Karnataka has sent a flood damage estimate of Rs 35,160.81 crore to the centre government, and is waiting for the relief.

Opposition parties in the state have hit out at the BJP governments both at state and Centre for "delay" in relief, despite union Home Minister Amit Shah, Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman and inter-ministerial central team visiting the affected areas of the state.

Pointing out that already about Rs 2,500 crore has been released by state for reconstruction of roads, bridges and houses, Mr Yediyurappa said per house Rs five lakh would be provided for reconstruction, and already Rs one lakh has been released for laying foundation.

"We are analysing where there can be savings, in which department money has not been spent, we may use that," he said.

The Karnataka government hiked the ex-gratia from Rs 3,800 to Rs 10,000 per household, to provide immediate relief to those affected by the floods, providing Rs 6,200 from its exchequer.

Mr Yediyurappa also clarified that his government will continue with the farm loan waiver scheme announced by the previous government "as it is our duty to do so."