Karnataka Rains: CM Bommai Orders Transfer Of Crop Loss Compensation To Farmers’ Account

A GPS-based survey of the destruction is going on and the details were being uploaded to the Relief App, the CM said.

File photo of Karnataka CM Basavaraj Bommai (Photo: Twitter Image)

Kolar: As incessant rains caused huge losses to standing crops in the Karnataka, Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai has ordered that the compensation amount be transferred to the farmers’ account immediately. A GPS-based survey of the destruction is going on and the details were being uploaded to the Relief App, he said.

“Officials have been instructed to transfer the compensation amount to affected farmers’ accounts immediately after accessing the details,” Bommai told media persons during his visit to rain-affected areas of Kolar district on Monday.

Starting from Narasapura, the Chief Minister extensively toured the Kolar district and said, “I have seen extensive damage to Ragi, vegetables, horticulture and floriculture crops. Flood waters from Mudavadi irrigation tank has cut-off road connectivity in the area, about 790 houses have been completely or extensively damaged. Agri Crops in 48,333 hectares and horticulture crops in 6966 hectares have been affected, 189km length of roads and 34 bridges have been damaged according to preliminary reports.”

Funds Available With DCs

There was no crunch of funds for relief operations as Rs 684cr was available in the district collector’s PD accounts in the state. “A sum of Rs 5 lakh would be paid as compensation for completely damaged houses and Rs 3 lakh for partially damaged houses in three instalments. DCs had been instructed to disburse first instalment of Rs 1 lakh immediately,” Bommai said.

Rs 500 Cr For Repair Of Roads And Bridges

The state government has released Rs 500 crore for repair of damaged roads and bridges. Schools and Anganvadis too had suffered damages and their repair would be taken up through NDRF fund, he said.

Clear Encroachment Of Tanks

Kolar and Chikkaballapur districts have many large and minor irrigation tanks, the Chief Minister noted and assured funds for their repair and maintenance. “Officials have been instructed to clear the encroachments on these tanks. Conduct survey of tanks, put up fencing around them to preserve them,” Bommai said.