Mangaluru: August 25, 2015: The Cabinet sub-committee on drought headed by Revenue Minister V. Srinivas Prasad will review the situation in Udupi, DK and six other districts which comes under Mysuru division at the Regional Commissioner’s office here in Mysuru on August 26.
According to sources, district in-charge Ministers of these districts, along with deputy commissioners and chief executive officers of zilla panchayats are expected to participate in the meeting. Mysuru, Mandya, Hassan, Chikkamagaluru, Kodagu, Dakshina Kannada, Udupi and Chamarajanagar fall under Mysuru division.
Officials of these districts have been instructed to prepare a report on the rainfall in their jurisdiction and the crop loss owing to the failure of the monsoon, villages facing acute drinking water shortage and other issues. They have also been asked to prepare reports on the present situation, the hobli-wise shortfall of rain, district-wise data on sowing and the status of the sown crop.
The committee would discuss the drought situation and would estimate the total loss in the division. MLAs, MLCs, and zilla panchayat presidents have also been invited, the sources said.
It would also take stock of the drinking water shortage in these districts and issue directions to officials to ensure that potable water was supplied to all taluks.
The committee would also take stock of the incidents of farm suicides and the compensation given to the families of farmers. It would analyse what prompted farmers to commit suicide and the remedial measures initiated by the district administration.
Deputy commissioners would give a presentation on the farming activities and the availability of drinking water, fodder and power.
The Karnataka state Natural Disaster Management Cell would present a report on rainfall and the chances of rain in the coming days. Later, MLAs and Ministers are expected to give their suggestions to tackle drought.