BENGALURU: A blame game broke out over devastation wrought by floods in Kodagu district with deputy chief minister Dr. G. Parameshwara slamming the Union government for not sanctioning any relief funds for the rain-ravaged coffee land.
Slamming state BJP leaders for not persuading Prime Minister Narendra Modi to carry out an aerial survey of Kodagu, Dr Parameshwara told the media that the leader could have viewed damaged caused by floods in Kodagu while doing so to assess the destruction in Kerala. "During his aerial survey of flood affected areas of Kerala, he could have spared some time for Kodagu," he said adding that the Union government had not been forthcoming with financial assistance for relief and rehabilitation work in the district.
On Thursday, former chief minister Siddaramaiah too appealed to Mr Modi to visit Kodagu district and release central funds for instant relief work and restoration of connectivity between villages within the district on one hand and the district with surrounding areas.
Dr Parameshwara, who attended a meeting of the advisory committee of National Service Scheme (NSS), said based on the CAG report which mentioned that the police department does not have adequate weapons, said these weapons would be provided on priority basis. “If a police inspector is not having a revolver, it is the duty of the state to provide adequate weapons to handle law and order problems”, he added. The deputy chief minister said the government is contemplating to make National Service Scheme (NSS) compulsory in all colleges.