Karnataka: Rs 1,320 crore released towards relief measures of heavy rains in August-September last year | Mangaluru News – Times of India

KAUP: The state government has released Rs 1,320 crore to districts across Karnataka that bore the brunt of rather heavy rains in August/September. This includes Rs 577 crore for crop losses of farmers, Rs 294 crore for damage to houses, Rs 420 crore for repair of roads, bridges and rest towards capacity building to handle effects of the deluge, revenue minister R Ashoka said, belying opposition charge that the treasury was empty.
Laying the foundation stone for the mini Vidhan Soudha for Kaup on Monday, Ashoka said the fact that there is Rs 27.28 crore in PD account of the deputy commissioner of Udupi alone tells its own story.
Besides, the state cabinet at its last meeting has taken a decision to ensure there is no dearth of funds to revive development works that were stalled or pending due to the pandemic induced slowdown in the economy that is now heading North.
Revenue department has already released Rs 3.33 crore out of Rs 10 crore for construction of the mini Vidhan soudha here and released similar amounts for similar government cluster offices at Hebri, Brahmawar and Baindoor.
Each of these mini Vidhan Soudhas will be constructed at a cost of Rs 10 crore, Ashoka said, adding that the contractor has assured to complete the work in 12 months. “I will come to inaugurate this building,” he said.
Steps will also be taken to sort legal issues on conferring permanent rights of soppina betta, kumki and bane lands to farmers who have been tiling them for ages. These lands have been entangled in legal dispute with farmers and the government claiming them, he said.
Likewise, steps have also been initiated to make land conversion procession less cumbersome and time bound. This will reduce instances of encroachment of revenue land, he added.

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