`K`taka seeks Rs 700 cr relief to tackle drought`

Centre is yet to respond to the Karnataka government`s plea for over Rs 700 crore relief to tackle the drought situation in the state, Chief Minister D V Sadanada Gowda today said.

Last Updated: Nov 27, 2011, 21:25 PM IST

Bangalore: Centre is yet to respond to the
Karnataka government`s plea for over Rs 700 crore relief to
tackle the drought situation in the state, Chief Minister D V
Sadanada Gowda today said.

Gowda said he had recently written to the Centre, apprising
it about the drought situation in the state, the crop loss
incurred and sought a relief of over Rs 700 crore.

"I have yet to receive a reply in this regard," Gowda said
presiding over a function organised by the Dakshina Kannada
Gowda Welfare Association.

The Chief Minister said the Right to Services Act, to bring
in greater accountability among the government officials, will
be tabled in the coming Legislature Session.

The Act, which also aims at bringing in transparency in
administration, will be placed before the House in the
Legislature Session slated to begin in the first week of
December, he said.

On the drought prevailing in 90 taluks in the state, Gowda
said he was in regular touch with the Deputy Commissioners and
taluk officials of these districts to monitor the situation.

He said he had directed the CEOs to visit the taluks and
outline the steps that have to be taken to see what relief
measures could be provided to the drought-affected farmers.

Gowda said he had decided to install cameras in his
chamber in the secretariat and also his official residence
to dispel any doubt in the minds of the public about his
functioning and bring in transparency.

Responding to a question, he said a new Lokayukta will
be appointed as soon as possible.

PTI