Bengaluru, Apr 24 : Swinging in to action after Lok Sabha election in Karnataka in which he had contested for Bengaluru North seat, Minister for Rural Development and Panchayat Raj Krishna Byregowda instructed the officials to take immediate steps to tackle drinking water problem in drought prone Taluks in the State.
The Minister, who reviewed the drought conditions in the State, directed release of funds to the Task Forces, formed in drought-hit Taluks. Stating that more than 176 taluks in the State have been declared as drought hit, the Minister warned the officials to see that no complaints regarding shortage of drinking water received elsewhere in the State.
He said that since the Election Commission, had removed embargo on calling short duration tenders to attend emergency needs "There should not be any delay in taking up works relating to drinking water supply in the affected villages," he said.The Minister also directed the officials to utilise the NDRF funds available with the Deputy Commissioners in each of the district. The Minister also warned the officials to take stern action if found guilty of dereliction of their duties, in this regard. (UNI)