Bangalore, May 2 UNI | 3 months ago

Karnataka Governor H R Bhardwaj today took to task the Congress Government in the State for not taking steps to solve drinking water problem in the rural areas.

"Functioning of the Government cannot come to standstill because of Election Code in force. I have also worked as a Law Minister and I know whether the Code is applicable for taking up developmental works or not," Mr Bhardwaj, who was former union minister for law,said.

Speaking to the media after garlanding the statue of 12th century social reformer Basaveshwara here, he said he has expressed his anguish over functioning of the Government to Chief Minister Siddaramaiah who called on him yesterday at the Raj Bhavan.

Mr Bhardwaj said during his tour of the State he saw people, especially in rural areas, suffering from acute drinking water problem and works have come to a standstill since last 45 days after elections were announced. "But Election code will not come in the way of providing drinking water, fodder to livestock and ensuring jobs to the people in drought affected villages," he added.

Replying to a question, he said the government, with summer at its peak, should have anticipated problems related to drinking water,fodder and should have taken adequate steps to curtail these issue's.

(Posted on 02-05-2014)