PM Modi chairs high level meeting on drought & water scarcity situation in parts of Karnataka
Karnataka CM Siddaramaiah thanks PM Modi for Centre's assistance for drought hit areas
Centre and the State should work together to tackle the problem of drought: PM
Time has come when there should be healthy competition among States to speak of efforts in water conservation: PM Modi

The Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi, today chaired a high level meeting on the drought and water scarcity situation in parts of Karnataka. The Chief Minister of Karnataka, Shri Siddaramaiah, was present in the meeting. Senior officials from the Government of India, and the State of Karnataka, were also present.

Initiating the discussion, the Prime Minister said he is holding separate meetings with Chief Ministers of 11 drought-affected States, to see what can be done to mitigate the problems posed by drought, and also to focus attention on medium to long term measures.

The Chief Minister of Karnataka thanked the Government of India for the assistance of Rs. 1540.20 crore against the Kharif memorandum, and said that this has been fully utilized to assist the farmers. He said that this amount was transferred to farmers through Real-Time Gross Settlement (RTGS). He further said that Rs. 723.23 crore had recently been approved for the Rabi memorandum, which should be released expeditiously.


It was informed that this was in addition to the Rs. 207 crore released as central share of SDRF for 2015-16. Further, Rs. 108.75 crore has already been released as first instalment of SDRF for 2016-17.

It was further informed that Rs 603 crore would be made available with Karnataka during 2016-17 for water conservation and drought proofing under various schemes of Government of India. Similarly, Rs 830 crore would be available under various agriculture schemes.

The Chief Minister described the problems being faced by people owing to the severe drought. He said that major rivers and reservoirs in the State are facing acute water shortage. He explained the various measures undertaken by the State Government, including desilting, construction of farm ponds, steps towards drip irrigation, and ensuring adequate drinking water supply.

The Prime Minister discussed various measures for desilting, water conservation and recharging of ground water, with the Chief Minister. He urged the State Government to give maximum attention to desilting, farm tanks and check dams over the next 30 to 40 days, before the onset of the monsoon.


The Chief Minister apprised the Prime Minister about the steps taken by Karnataka, for waste water management. Appreciating these efforts, the Prime Minister emphasized that this should be taken up in a big way in the towns and cities.

Shri Siddaramaiah apprised the Prime Minister about the preparatory steps taken towards implementation of the Pradhan Mantri Fasal Bima Yojana. The State Government also made some suggestions regarding crop insurance.

The Chief Minister presented a memorandum to the Prime Minister, and the Prime Minister assured him of all possible support.

The Prime Minister said that the Centre and the State should work together to tackle the problem of drought, which he described as “our” problem. He said that solutions to the problem would have to be found together.

The Prime Minister said that the time has come when there should be healthy competition among States to speak of efforts in water conservation and management, the way efforts to increase GSDP and investment are spoken about. The Prime Minister also asked NITI Aayog to develop an index to measure water conservation and management.

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Ahead of the Lok Sabha elections, PM Modi addressed a public meeting in Nanded, Maharashtra amid overwhelming support by the people of BJP-NDA. He bowed down to prominent personalities including Guru Gobind Singh Ji, Nanaji Deshmukh, and Babasaheb Ambedkar.

Speaking on the initial phase of voting for the Lok Sabha elections, PM Modi said, “We have the popular support of the First-time voters with us.” He added, “I.N.D.I alliance have come together to save and protect their corruption and the people have thoroughly rejected them in the 1st phase of polling.” He added that the Congress Shehzada now has no choice but to contest from Wayanad, but like he left Amethi he may also leave Wayanad. He said that the country is voting for BJP-NDA for a ‘Viksit Bharat’.

Lamenting the Congress for stalling the development of the people, PM Modi said, “Congress is the wall between the development of Dalits, Poor & deprived.” He added that Congress even today opposes any developmental work that our government intends to carry out. He said that one can never expect them to resolve any issues and people cannot expect robust developmental prospects from them.

Highlighting the dire state and fragile conditions of Marathwada and Vidarbha, PM Modi said, “For decades, Congress stalled the development of Vidarbha & Marathwada.” He “It is the policies of the Congress that both Marathwada and Vidarbha are water-deficient, its farmers are poor and there are no prospects for industrial growth.” He said that our government has enabled 'Nal se Jal' to 80% of households in Nanded. He said that our constant endeavor has been to facilitate the empowerment of our farmers through record rise in MSPs, income support through PM-KISAN, and the promotion of ‘Sree Anna’.

Highlighting the infra impetus in Nanded in the last decade, PM Modi said, “To treat every wound given by Congress is Modi's guarantee.” He added “The ‘Shaktipeeth highway’ and ‘Latur Rail Coach Factory’ is our commitment to a robust infra.” He said that we aim to foster the development of the Marathwada region in the next 5 years.

Elaborating on the relationship between the Sikh Gurus and Nanded, PM Modi said, “The land of Nanded reflects the purity of India's Sikh Gurus.” He added that we are guided by the principles of Guru Gobind Singh Ji. “Over the years we have celebrated the 550th birth anniversary of Guru Nanak Dev Ji, the 400th birth anniversary of Guru Teg Bahadur Ji, and the 350th birth anniversary of Guru Gobind Singh Ji,” said PM Modi. He said that the Congress has always opposed the Sikh community and is taking revenge for 1984. He said that it is due to this that they oppose the CAA that aims to bring the Sikh brothers and sisters to India, granting them citizenship. He said that it was our government that brought back the Guru Granth Sahib from Afghanistan and facilitated the Kartarpur corridor. He said that various other decisions like the abrogation of Article 370 and the abolition of Triple Talaq have greatly benefitted our Muslim sisters and brothers.

Taking a dig at the I.N.D.I alliance, PM Modi said “The I.N.D.I alliance only believe in vote-bank politics.” He added that for this they have left no stone unturned to criticize and disrespect ‘Sanatana’. He said that it is the same I.N.D.I alliance that boycotted the Pran-Pratishtha of Shri Ram.

In conclusion, PM Modi said that we all must strive to ensure that India becomes a ‘Viksit Bharat’, and for that, it is the need of the hour to vote for the BJP-NDA. He thanked the people of Nanded for their overwhelming support and expressed confidence in a Modi 3.0.