Patil gives salary for drought relief

Home minister R R Patil handed over Friday a cheque for Rs 57,000, his monthly salary, for drought relief even as he asked citizens to contribute. He had earlier proposed the chief minister and deputy chief minister give two months salary, while other ministers one month pay. The proposal was, however, shot down.

Patil also urged industrialists to provide financial aide to drought-affected people. "Industrialists had stepped forward during the 1972 drought in the state. They also come forward during natural calamities. They should step forward this time also," he said.

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