The Karnataka Chief Minister, Siddaramaiah, has pointed fingers at the Union government for neglecting the drought crisis in the state. In response, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has announced a statewide study tour to assess the drought situation in Karnataka.

The study tour, scheduled from November 3 to 10, will involve a team of prominent BJP leaders, including former Chief Minister BS Yeddyurappa, BJP State President Nalin Kumar Kateel, and other notable figures. The focus of the tour is to comprehensively assess the drought conditions across the state, with particular attention to drying lakes and bore wells.

A total of 17 team members will be divided into groups, with each group assigned to tour two districts. This approach aims to provide a more in-depth analysis of the drought’s impact on local communities and water resources.

In a related development, the Cauvery Water Regulation Committee (CWRC) has directed the Karnataka government to release 2,600 cusecs of water daily for the next 15 days until November 15, 2023. The meeting of the Cauvery Water Control Committee in Delhi witnessed discussions between the Karnataka and Tamil Nadu governments regarding the sharing of Cauvery water. Karnataka has been releasing 3,000 litres of Cauvery water daily for the last 15 days, while Tamil Nadu requested 13,000 cusecs of water daily.

Siddaramaiah, the Karnataka Chief Minister, criticized the Union government for its alleged negligence of the state’s drought crisis. He stated that despite Karnataka’s substantial contributions, relief funds from the Centre have been lacking, and the state’s concerns have been consistently overlooked by the BJP-led Union Government.

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