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Karnataka government files writ petition in Supreme Court against Centre on drought relief

In a bold move, Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah has filed a writ petition against the Union government for not releasing drought relief funds. The petition, filed in the Supreme Court under Article 32 of the Constitution, demands immediate release of compensation under the National Disaster Relief Fund.

CM Siddaramaiah expressed frustration at the delay in release of funds, stating that farmers are in need of subsidy. The state government is seeking a compensation package of Rs 18,171 crore under the NDRF, and has requested the Supreme Court to issue directions to the Central government for the same.

According to Siddaramaiah, the Centre has violated norms by not releasing the funds within one month as required. He emphasized that the state government is not begging, but simply asking for what is rightfully theirs, as Karnataka contributes significantly in taxes to the Union government.

The Chief Minister highlighted the injustice faced by Karnataka, citing unfulfilled promises made by PM Modi and Home Minister Amit Shah regarding the release of funds. The state government is determined to fight for the rights of its farmers, even if it means resorting to legal action in the form of a writ petition.

Siddaramaiah reiterated the importance of upholding the Constitution and ensuring that the Central government fulfills its obligations towards the states. The state of Karnataka is standing up against what it perceives as unfair treatment, and is hopeful that the Supreme Court will provide the necessary direction in this matter.

IANS

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