District ministers steer clear of rain-ravaged North Karnataka | Bengaluru News

by karwar

BENGALURU: Anger is building in the rain-hit districts of North Karnataka as none of the district ministers visited the affected areas over the past five days, despite instructions from chief minister BS Yediyurappa to “rush” to their districts to oversee relief and rescue operations.
On Friday, revenue minister R Ashoka’s tour to Kalaburagi and Yadgir came under flak as locals said he visited villages in a hurry before driving to Hyderabad to catch a flight back to Bengaluru. “In all, he must have spent around two hours. He did not listen to the grievances of people nor did he hold a meeting with officials,” said Sharanappa of Kalaburagi.
Deputy CM Laxman Savadi is in-charge of Raichur while animal husbandry minister Prabhu Chavan of Yadgir. Savadi’s staff said he is planning to visit the district in a day or two and is in touch with the administration.
Deputy CM Govind Karjol — in-charge of worse-affected Bagalkot and Kalaburagi — issued a press note on Thursday, saying he was unable to visit as he is recovering from Covid-19. On Friday, he was seen at a party rally in Sira after Rajesh Gowda filed his nomination for the bypoll. Karjol was seen waving to people alongside Gowda, atop a vehicle, surrounded by a huge crowd.
“It shows how concerned he is about people’s problems. We were happy when he was made Kalaburagi incharge minister as we believed being deputy CM and minister for PWD and social welfare, he would usher in development. But we are disappointed,” said former minister Priyank Kharge.
“Not one of them has visited their district which is very unfortunate,” said Bheemappa, an activist from Raichur.
The chief minister held a video conference with the DCs and CEOs of 12 flood-hit districts and instructed officials to take up rescue and relief operations on a war footing besides arranging all facilities at relief centres. He stressed on shifting people from flood-prone villages to safer places on priority and providing all facilities, including good food, at relief centres. The CM directed strict adherence to Covid protocol in relief centres and deployment of doctors to check on people with any symptoms. The CM is likely to undertake an aerial survey in a few days.

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