Bengaluru: Soon after inducting Ministers into his Cabinet yesterday, Chief Minister B.S. Yediyurappa has given his colleagues a tough assignment.
Yediyurappa, who conducted a Cabinet meeting after the swearing-in ceremony, assigned the jobs to his Ministers to monitor the flood situation and relief works. Each Minister, who has been assigned a district, is instructed to visit the district in person to assess the flood situation.
R. Ashoka (Mysuru), S. Suresh Kumar (Kodagu), C.T. Ravi (Chikkamagaluru), J.C. Madhu Swamy (Hassan), V. Somanna (Chamarajanagar), Laxman S. Savadi (Belagavi), Shashikala A. Jolle (Chikkodi), K.S. Eshwarappa (Bagalkote), Govind M. Karjol (Vijayapura), Basavaraj Bommai (Haveri), Jagadish Shettar (Dharwad and Uttara Kannada), C.C. Patil (Gadag and Koppal), Sriramulu (Ballari and Raichur), Sriramulu and Prabhu Chauhan (Yadgir) will be touring the districts on Aug.21 and Aug.22 to visit the flood affected areas.
As a part of his assignment, Minister Suresh Kumar arrived at the flood-hit Kodagu district yesterday and visited various flood-affected areas. He is also expected to hold meetings with the officials later in the day to discuss on the damage caused and relief works taken up in the district.
Suresh Kumar was received by Kodagu DC Annies Kanmani Joy, SP Dr. Suman D. Pennekar and ZP CEO K. Lakshmi Priya at Kushalnagar. Later, the team visited various flood-affected areas of the town. About 500 houses submerged in the water and 30 houses collapsed in the recent floods in Kushalnagar.
Speaking to media persons, Suresh Kumar said that the State Government had already paid Rs.10,000 each to 45 lakh flood victims as an immediate relief.
“The State Government would be paying Rs.5 lakh for those who have lost their houses and Rs.1 lakh for those whose houses are damaged in the floods. The Government will continue to provide Rs.5,000 as monthly house rent allowance to the flood-affected families till their damaged houses are repaired and new houses built,” he added.
Later, Suresh Kumar visited Siddapura and Nelliahudikeri to assess the damage caused by recent floods. It may be recalled that Suresh Kumar had stayed in Madikeri for a period of 15 days during last year’s flood.
Centre releases Rs.1,024 crore
Meanwhile, the Union Government has released Rs.1,024 crore towards flood relief works in the State though CM Yediyurappa had sought Rs.3,000 crore.
On Cabinet berth to Kodagu
Reacting to media persons on Kodagu being denied a Cabinet berth, Suresh Kumar said that the issue would be resolved in the next 2-3 days. However, both disgruntled MLAs, K.G. Bopaiah and M.P. Appachu Ranjan, were not present while Suresh toured their constituencies to assess the flood situation.