It was previously reported that the Karnataka CM had said donors could rename flood-hit villages.

Yediyurappa says donors can rename only new layouts not flood-hit villages
news Controversy Saturday, August 17, 2019 - 18:22

Karnataka Chief Minister BS Yediyurappa has clarified that the state government did not offer to allow donors who contribute above Rs 10 crore to rename flood-hit villages. Instead, only newly developed layouts can be named by donors.

On Wednesday, it was reported that the CM had promised over 60 industrialists at the Vidhana Soudha that companies which donate over Rs 10 crore to flood-hit villages can rename these places.

After media reports drew criticism, the Chief Minister on Saturday tweeted a clarification.

"Clarification: Chief Minister had announced that donors contributing more than Rs. 10 crore will have the layouts named after them, not the villages," read a tweet from his official handle.

The supposed move to rename flood-hit villages was slammed by the residents of these areas and the BJP's opposition parties. "BSY’s decision looks like a Tughlaq decision. Each village name has its own significance. Villagers who lost all their belongings will now be losing their village identity. Don't keep Karnataka for sale," read a tweet on the Janata Dal's official handle.

The floods in Karnataka took the lives of 62 people while 15 others are still missing. The state recorded its highest rainfall in 118 years between August 3 to 10. The rainfall led to flooding in 22 of the state's 30 districts, including 106 of 176 taluks. It also triggered landslides in the Malnad region of Karnataka, blocking important traffic routes and displacing thousands.

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