Mangaluru: With the district reeling under heavy rains and the flood-like situation continues, Revenue Minister R Ashoka has instructed the officials to compensate those whose houses are inundated by even an inch of water, with Rs 10,000.
He was reviewing the district's rain-related damages and relief works undertaken at the Dakshina Kannada Zilla Panchayath hall. Presiding over the review meeting, he directed the officials to follow these instructions as the government's order.
Flood victims need to be treated in a better way and they need to be given proper facilities including healthy and nutritious food three times a day, and a change in the menu every day. Also, officials should extend full support to the needy without being closed-fisted.
There is no scarcity of money when it comes to natural calamity relief work and the government has sanctioned Rs 5 crores for the flood relief work in the district. PM Modi has sanctioned Rs 310 crores this year for this purpose. The officials should make the flood victims feel like the government is with them during uncertainties, he added.
The Minister suggested that disaster response committees, comprising people's representatives and enthusiastic volunteers, be set up at every Gram Panchayat, to handle the flood and landslide kind of situations and to relocate people during calamities. The committee members will be given financial support to conduct meetings and train the volunteers.
In case of an emergency, these committees will convince the locals to save lives and will help the district administration, he said.
As a pilot project, this needs to be implemented in the district and it will be a model project in the state. The Central Government has also asked for a detailed report of this project, he informed.
The officials should be aware of the flood and landslide-prone areas in the district and the residents of these areas should be moved to safer areas in advance, to avoid loss of lives. In case they don't agree, the police department needs to get involved. No explanations in this regard will be entertained by the officials if they fail to do so. The Kodagu incident is an eye-opener and with this, officials should learn lessons and take action without hesitation to avoid putting the government in a bad light.
Bantwal MLA Rajesh Naik, who was also present at the meeting, updated Minister Ashoka about the overflowing Netravathi river which has damaged many fields and other areas, ruining food crops and vegetables. He also demanded immediate relief for the victims.
Moodbidri MLA Umanath Kotian requested aid worth Rs 5 crore to build a retention wall at the Gurupura village where, recently, there was a landslide and many families are in danger.
MLAs Dr Bharath Shetty, D Vedavyas Kamath, Sanjeeva Matandoor, and MLC Prathap Simha Nayak updated the Minister about the flood situation in their respective constituencies and demanded immediate relief.
District in-charge Minister Kota Srinivas Poojary, ZP President Minakshi Shanthigodu, Vice President Kasturi Panja, District Commissioner Dr Rajendra, DCP Arunasagiri, and ADC Roopa were also present.
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