Sources have stated that the central government on Thursday had approved Rs. 795.54 crore assistance to drought hit Karnataka and the decision was taken in a meeting chaired by Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh in New Delhi.
Meanwhile a Home Ministry statement had stated that "The committee approved the assistance from the National Disaster Relief Fund (NDRF) in respect of Karnataka to the tune of Rs. 795.54 crore," and the committee examined the proposal based on the report of the inter-ministerial central team which visited the state. Moreover Finance Minister Arun Jaitley and Minister for Agriculture and Farmers' Welfare Radha Mohan Singh also attended the meeting.
According to sources, Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah has said the state had suffered a crop loss of Rs.25,000 crore. It asked the centre for a package of Rs. 4,702.54 crore to help tide over the drought and it is estimated that some 1,000 farmers have committed suicide in Karnataka in the past few years due to crop loss and heavy debts.