80% of Karnataka under poverty? CM Siddaramaiah orders action on bogus BPL cards

Dr.Thomas (Sub-Editor)

Chief Minister Siddaramaiah stated that 2,225 villages and 2,038,334 people in the state are estimated to be affected by floods and landslides each time.

He instructed the officers to identify the distressed villages and the implementation of permanent relief measures.

He directed for Immediate settlement of compensation as per SDRF norms for those whose houses and crops were damaged due to rain this year was also mandated.

The CM took note of the list of pending pension applications in districts and instructed the respective Deputy Commissioners to settle them within the time limit.

He questioned why there are applications beyond the time limit and directed the respective DCs to resolve them.

The disposal period of pensions, currently 45 days, will be reduced to 30 days.

Farmer suicides:

In cases of farmer suicides,the CM instructed DCs to act liberally and provide compensation, helping the families without rejecting applications for minor technical reasons.

He emphasized that crores of rupees are paid every month in rent for sub-registrar offices working in private buildings.

He suggested building own offices to save 40-50 crores per year and also better amenities to the people visiting these offices.

BPL Cards

Eighty percent of the state’s population has BPL cards, compared to 40% in Tamilnadu.According to Niti Aayog, the percentage of people below the poverty line in the state should be lesser. Ineligible BPL cards should be cancelled and BPL cards should be provided to those who are eligible.

The CM emphasized that people should not be made to run from pillar to post unnecessarily.

The CM highlighted better drought management this year.Problematic villages regarding drinking water were identified early,and alternative arrangements were made.

85 crore was spent on drought management transparently,with 783 crore available in the DC’s PD account.

The state has received 7% more rainfall this monsoon season, and 225 waterlogged villages have been identified by 1,247 gram panchayats.

Task forces have been formed in each gram panchayat, nodal officers were appointed,and mock drills were conducted.

Compensation for crop and house damage should be provided as per SDRF norms :

The district administration has been instructed to take precautions to avoid loss of life.In 27 districts,177 taluks,and 1,247 gram panchayats identified as prone to heavy rains,task forces should be formed in each place.

20,38,334 people have been identified as prone to frequent floods.Action should be taken to shift people to safer places and provide housing. 2,225 villages and 2,242 care centers have been identified.

A total of 293 TMC of water is stored in all the reservoirs due to good rainfall.This time, 3,714 houses have been damaged in pre-monsoon, and

compensation should be provided immediately as per SDRF norms:

The CM emphasized the need for officials to be in close touch with the Meteorological Department.Currently, 3,784 applications under various social security schemes are pending for settlement.They should be disposed of within 30 days.

The state provides pensions to 76 lakh people, the highest in the country.2 lakh cases are pending in NPCI mapping as directed by the central government.

The respective DCs should check pending pension applications and take immediate action to settle them. Action should be taken to stop pensions immediately after the death of the pensioner.

Delay in providing relief in farmer suicide cases can not be tolerated.994 families of farmers have been provided compensation out of 1,003 eligible cases verified according to law.

The Chief Minister had expressed his displeasure over the delay in compensation in the last meeting.This time,it has been speeded up.He directed that a farmers’ meeting should be held to create awareness and confidence.

The CM pointed out cases where land is being registered at a price lower than the guidance value and instructed the collection of outstanding royalty.

This process is being undertaken for the first time in the last 30 years.As of March this year,24,519 such cases amounting to Rs 310 crore are pending. Royalty has to be recovered swiftly, he said.

Individual Toilets:

Out of 4.34 lakh toilets in the state, 98,000 have been completed. Works of another 2.86 lakh toilets are to be commissioned and should be completed as soon as possible.

The CM instructed officials to review the utilization of the additional amount required for the construction of toilets under NREGA.

The installation of prefabricated toilet models should also be reviewed.Priority should be given to the construction of community toilets where there is no space for individual toilets.


Significant progress has been made in the employment guarantee scheme due to drought.According to the Act, the central government is required to provide an additional 50 man-days in drought-prone taluks but has not done so.

The CM emphasized that the construction work of school toilets, compounds,kitchen rooms,and playgrounds should be completed as soon as possible. Steps should be taken to provide these facilities in all schools under the employment guarantee scheme.

Urban Development Department:

Supply of Clean Drinking Water:

CM directed to take utmost Care to avoid contamination of drinking water. In case of any issues arising from polluted water,the concerned officer will be held directly responsible.Corroded old pipes should be replaced.

The quality of water at the source and distribution points should be mandatorily tested every 15 days.The CM instructed that water should be supplied from a new source wherever the water quality test fails.

Solid Waste Management:

Solid waste disposal units should be set up in all districts as soon as possible.The construction of solid waste units is undergoing in 55 locations, and the tender process should be completed promptly.

Sewage treatment plants should be commissioned to prevent sewage water from entering lakes directly.The entry of sewage into Mysore’s Dalwai Lake should be completely avoided,he added.

Indira Canteen:

Plots should be identified promptly for the construction of new Indira Canteens,which have already been approved.

Approval has been granted to construct new Indira Canteens at 70 locations within Bangalore city limits, and locations should be identified as soon as possible. The CM mentioned that the new menu tender process should be completed promptly.

15th Finance Commission:

Under the 15th Finance Commission grants, 33,803 works have been sanctioned, and 23,714 works have been completed.

So far, 2,799 crore has been released under the scheme, and 1,883 crore has been spent.

The CM emphasized that tenders should be called within the next two weeks, and action should be taken to fully utilize the grant within the stipulated period.

Collection of Property Tax:

Property tax arrears of Rs.224 crores from last year should be fully recovered. Rs.806 crores have been collected till the end of June of the current year,but Rs. 1,053 crores of property tax are still pending recovery.

The CM stated that DCs should undertake the collection of property tax in a campaign-like manner.

S.F.C. Welfare Programmes:

Welfare programmes under the Mukta Nidhi scheme should be implemented properly.The CM instructed that 24.01% of the grant should be compulsorily spent on Scheduled Caste/Tribe people.