Bangalore: Chief Minister B.S. Yeddyurappa will undertake a “padayatra” in Bangalore on Wednesday and Thursday appealing to the public, businessmen and all sections of society to contribute generously for providing relief to the large number of people who have been rendered homeless following unprecedented rains in north and coastal Karnataka.On Wednesday, Mr. Yeddyurappa will go around Mysore Bank Circle, Avenue Road, Chikpet, Upparpet, and Gandhinagar and urge the public and businessmen to support the Government’s relief operations in 18 rainhit districts.
A meeting chaired by Home Minister V.S. Acharya on Tuesday has set a target of collecting Rs. 100 crore during the Chief Minister’s padayatra on Wednesday.The State Government has urged the Centre to release Rs. 16,500 crore for taking up relief and rehabilitation measures in the flood-hit districts in north Karnataka.
Mr. Yeddyurappa would also soon call a meeting of leaders of information technology, biotechnology, and other major public and private undertakings to seek their help to take up massive relief and rehabilitation works in rain-hit districts. All district-in charge Ministers have been directed to launch padayatras in their respective districts.
Meanwhile, office-bearers of IAS Officers’ Association, KAS Officers Association, Bangalore Electricity Supply Companies (BESCOM) Employees’
Association and others met Dr. Acharya, Transport Minister R Ashok and Law and Parliamentary Minister S. Suresh Kumar on Tuesday and agreed to contribute towards the Chief Minister’s Relief Fund-Calamity.
The Home Minister appealed to all the philanthropic people including industrialists, businessmen and all sections of society to donate
liberally towards the relief operations.The contribution may be credited with the Deputy Commissioners of any district in the State in the form of a crossed account payee cheque or DD. The cheques or DDs may be drawn in favour of “Karnataka Chief Minister’s Relief Fund- Calamity” and may be handed over personally or sent by post to the Deputy Commissioners of the districts concerned.