Karnataka Government has requested Rs 1,500 crore from the Central government towards relief works in the state.
The officer said to media, 'Chief Minister H.D. Kumaraswamy has urged Prime Minister Narendra Modi in New Delhi on Saturday to release Rs 1,500 crore to the state under the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (MNREGA) scheme for the various relief works underway in the 26 drought-hit districts across the state'.
In his first meeting with Modi, after he is back to power with the highest majority for the BJP in the recent Lok Sabha polls, Kumaraswamy said to PM that the state government had submitted report on the very serious situation in 160 of the 196 local bodies over the southern state due to 45% shortage rains in the last year and weak pre-monsoon rains this year.
The officer remembered that “Our revenue department has also sent a report to the Union Home Ministry in March with a copy to the Prime Minister’s office, seeking financial aid (Rs 2,064 crore) to pay drought-hit farmers and rural folks reeling under last year’s drought and weak pre-monsoon spell in the last three months.”
An officer also added that “The state is working on waiving Rs 12,830 of crop loans of 23 lakh farmers in the state, as part of the assurance the ruling allies gave in the pre-poll manifestoes ahead of the general elections.”
The Chief Minister also approached Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman and asked her to clear the unresolved grants to the state form the Centre.
The official also said, “Kumaraswamy has also requested Sitharaman to hire only local candidates for the regional rural banks in the state for ease doing business in the native (Kannada) in the state.”