Bengaluru: No flood of funds, it’s just Rs 1,200 crore

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Chief Minister B.S. Yediyurappa during a visit to flood-hit Darura at Athani in Belagavi district on Friday well before the announcement of Rs 1,200 crore as relief by the Centre. (Photo: KPN)

Bengaluru: Within minutes of the long delayed announcement of the Centre releasing Rs 1,200 crore from the National Disaster Response Fund for flood-ravaged Karnataka, state Chief Minister B S Yediyurappa on Friday thanked the Modi government even as the Congress, not satisfied with the allocation, termed it "a humiliation to the people of the state".

"Central government has released an amount of Rs 1,200 crore for Karnataka in advance from the National Disaster Response Fund. Expressing gratitude for the support to @PMOIndia Sri @narendramodi ji & @HMOIndia Sri @AmitShah ji on behalf of the people of Karnataka, Yediyurappa tweeted. Yediyurappa's government had been facing intense criticism over the 'delay' in central aid. “People of the state are humiliated with the allocation of Rs 1,200 crore as against the state government's assessment of Rs 35,000 crore.

Thisshows that the centre has zero confidence in @BSYBJP govt & doesn't believe him Kannadigas patience is put to severe test from @narendramodi on a regular basis!" Karnataka Congress tweeted. Karnataka had sent a flood damage estimate of Rs 35,160.81 crore to the union government, reducing it by Rs 3,290 crore, after the Centre objected to inclusion of private buildings that were affected. As many as 103 taluks in 22 districts were affected due to floods in August, in which over 80 people were killed. Around seven lakh people were shifted to safe areas and thousands of houses were damaged.   BJP governments at both Centre and the state have been facing criticism from the opposition Congress and JDS regarding the 'delay' in grant of central funds despite Home Minister Amit Shah, Finance Minister Nirmala Sitaraman and inter-ministerial central team visiting the affected region. The opposition parties have accused Modi government of showing 'apathy' towards Karnataka, despite state sending 25 BJP MPs to parliament.