Mysuru: As Karnataka, Kerala, and Maharashtra reel under severe floods, city-based R&D institutions CFTRI and DFRL are waiting for approval from the higher authorities to prepare food that will be dispatched to the flood-affected regions.
As per protocol, the organisations are not allowed to dispatch food without obtaining approval from the higher authorities in Delhi.
Both institutions have previously come to the aid of victims affected by natural calamities. During the floods in Wayanad and Kodagu, both the CFTRI and DFRL pitched in to help the flood victims only after the Centre gave them the nod. The DFRL had dispatched more than 13 tonnes of food and it is surprising that the organisations are yet to pitch in, despite the situation worsening in the three states.
Even though they are based out of Karnataka, they have not come forward to help the victims of their own home state. Although both the institutes are eager to help, they cannot break protocol.
In May, the CFTRI provided one lakh meals (nearly 25 tonnes of food) for victims of Cyclone Fani in Orissa.
Apart from the CFTRI employees, the food is also prepared by Railway Police personnel and a team of volunteers comprising railway employees, scientists, students, and family members who often work round the clock to meet the substantial demands.
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