Yeddyurappa optimistic on Central aid

images1TORANAGAL (BELLARY District): Chief Minister B.S. Yeddyurappa has said he is optimistic that the Union Government will provide adequate assistance to the State, which has been severely hit by heavy rain and floods.Responding to questions from presspersons here on Monday, Mr. Yeddyurappa said Congress president Sonia Gandhi and Union Home Minister P. Chidambaram had seen for themselves the havoc caused by the floods during their aerial survey on Monday. Prime Minister Manmohan Singh was expected to tour the flood-affected districts on Tuesday.

He said he would also appeal to his counterparts in other States to extend all possible assistance to the State to provide relief and
rehabilitate the people affected by the floods. The response to his appeal to social, religious and educational institutions and industrial
houses to contribute liberally towards the Government’s relief and rehabilitation efforts had been very favourable and encouraging…

According to him, in response to the Government’s plea, several industrial houses, including JSW and Kalyani Steels, Mysore Citizens’
Forum, Veerendra Heggade of Dharmasthala, State boards and corporations and government employees had come forward to construct 25,000 houses. “I will also appeal to other public undertakings such as BHEL, BEL, religious institutions such as the Pejawar, Adichunchanagiri and
Siddaganga maths, the Art of Living Foundation and educational institutions to extend the same gesture,” he said, adding that the
Government wanted to construct two lakh houses for those whose houses had been destroyed in the heavy rain and floods.The Government would provide land and infrastructure to enable philanthropists to construct houses, he said, adding, “Of course, the Government will continue relief operations in the flood-affected areas, which has been accorded priority.”

Mr. Yeddyurappa said he would be taking out a ‘padayatra’ in Bangalore on Wednesday to raise funds, which would be used for rehabilitating
displaced families. Similar ‘padayatras’ would be held in other cities and towns. Contribution should be made by way of cheques or demand
drafts only.