Loss due to rain will exceed 20,000 cr.: Yeddyurappa

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Bangalore: Karnataka Chief Minister B.S. Yeddyurappa has said that the loss to public and private properties following the rain in the State will cross Rs. 20,000 crore. He has called upon the Centre to immediately despatch a study team to assess the damage.

In a letter to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Union Home Minister P. Chidambaram, Mr. Yeddyurappa said the Centre should treat the unprecedented rain and floods in the State as a “national calamity” and immediately release Rs. 10,000 crore for relief measures.

With the rain affecting an estimated 17.8 million people in 15 districts across the State, Mr. Yeddyurappa said: “Relief and reconstruction operations need to be taken up on a big scale considering the magnitude of the tragedy.” He said the State government had released Rs. 205 crore for immediate relief measures such as opening relief centres to provide shelter and succour to the affected people. He said steps would be taken to include Gandhian philosophy in school and college syllabuses. Also, displaying the portrait of Gandhiji would be made mandatory in schools, colleges and government offices, he said.

Though Gandhian teachings had been embraced by countries around the world, the people of the nation in which Gandhiji was born were falling behind in giving the great leader his due, Mr. Yeddyurappa said.