Karnataka CM HD Kumaraswamy calls on PM Modi (source: twitter)

Karnataka HD Kumaraswamy met PM Modi on Saturday during the 15th meeting of the governing council of NITI Aayog in New Delhi, seeking central assistance to the state suffering from severe drought due to 45 per cent less rainfall this year.

“The CM requested the Prime Minister to come forward to help the state in this situation,” the statement added.

Due to the severe drought, faced during the kharif season of 2018-19 crop year, about 20.40 lakh hectare farm land has been affected. Crop loss is estimated in 19.46 lakh hectare, according to the state government.

The state has declared drought in 156 taluks in 30 districts. As many as 107 taluks are facing severe drought, while 49 taluks have moderate drought.

Kumaraswamy also requested PM Narendra Modi to ensure the pending funds under Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (MNREGA) scheme are released at the earliest.

Further, he apprised the gathering of the state government’s success in implementing the farm loan waiver, according to an official statement.

Before the Lok Sabha polls Karnataka government, in its memorandum to the Centre, had sought a financial assistance of Rs 2,064 crore to provide relief to farmers hit by drought during the rabi season.

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