Karnataka state Government has declared 176 Talukas as drought hit and the Chief Minister often issue statements about the government efforts in resolving water scarcity problems. The dismal situation of at least some places tells a different story. For instance, the tragic death of five persons on, of Ferozabad Village of Gulbarga Taluk.
cleaning work of 30 feet deep 6 feet wide government Well was undertaken under
MNREGA scheme on 17th April 2012, as the villagers state. To remove water a diesel
pump was lowered to 20 feet depth. The smoke of pump covered the whole Well
& because of no Oxygen three labourers died one after the other by
suffocation. Two more persons who went down to save them also died, one of them
was Panchayat member. Ferozabad Village
The incident was brought to the Government authorities and pursued the case for compensations to the bereaved families. As a result the District Commissioner Gulbarga granted the ex gratia of Rs 1.5 Lakh to each affected family. The cheques were issues the same evening. The Secretary Zilla Panchayat has assured them of providing houses to them.
The deceased were identified as Sharanappa s/o Shantappa 18 year old PUC student , Chidananda aged 22 son of a widow Putalibai, Basavaraj aged 21 son of widow Ambavva, Ayatullah aged 22 son of a widow Daulatbi and the Gram Panchayat member Abdul Hameed Patel aged 50.
The delegation included Md. Yousuf Kanni, Area co-ordinator, JIH Gulbarga, Zakir Hussain, Dr. Md. Khaja Kalgi &
Md. Yousuf Khan, Convenor Welfare
Party of India, . Gulbarga