Bengaluru, December 26: With intensified flood and landslides hitting various districts in the southwest of Karnataka and acute drought conditions in other regions has accounted to an estimated loss of Rs 20,000 during the Kharif and Rabi season impacting the state’s economy. Owing to the central government guidelines, Karnataka on Wednesday declared 156 out of 176 talukas to be affected by drought.
The agricultural production in the state has been affected drastically due to natural calamities and therefore the state has sought central government’s assistance of Rs 2,434 Cr. Addressing a press conference, the state revenue minister R V Deshpande said that the committee chaired by him has decided to add 56 talukas to the existing 100 talukas as drought affected as the entire Rabi crops is withering in the 28 lakh hectares of land.
Pertaining to supply of drinking water in the drought hit regions, the state government is supplying drinking water to 283 villages through 524 water tankers and 315 private borewells (through pipelines) in 17 districts of the state. The state has increased man-days (a work done by a person in a day) in the drought-hit districts to 150 days from 100 days across the state this year.
Awareness campaigns about drought have been organised so as to ensure greater participation of workforce and prevent migration from rural to urban areas.
The state of Karnataka was highly affected due to flood in Kodugu district affecting many households. The Chief Minister HD Kumaraswamy sought help from the central government on the worsening condition of crops and has been given a substantial support by the Centre.