Staff Correspondent

Raitha sangha leader holds him responsible for the Haveri firing incident

‘Government was unprepared to tackle the fertilizer shortage’

Appeals to farmers to approach Deputy Commissioners for help

Chitradurga: Holding Chief Minister B.S. Yeddyurappa responsible for the Haveri firing incident, which resulted in the death of a farmer, working president of the Karnataka Rajya Raitha Sangha Kodihalli Chandrashekar has demanded that Mr. Yeddyurappa apologise to farmers of the State.

Addressing presspersons here on Thursday, Mr. Chandrashekar accused the Government of being unprepared to tackle the fertilizer shortage. He said that although the Meteorological Department had informed the Government about the early onset of the monsoon, the Government did not make adequate arrangements for the provision of fertilizers to farmers. “Mr. Yeddyurappa, soon after assuming office, was busy visiting temples instead of looking into the problems of farmers,” he said.

Accusing the Government of confusing farmers, Mr. Chandrashekar said that Chief Minister and Agriculture Minister S.A. Ravindranath were making contradictory statements with regard to the fertilizer shortage. “What kind of message are they sending out to farmers,” he asked.

He said that Mr. Ravindranath had still not given details about the quantity of fertilizers available with the Government. “With the kharif season under way, the Government should make immediate arrangements for the supply of seeds and fertilizers to farmers,” Mr. Chandrashekar said. He also demanded that the Government pay a compensation of Rs. 10 lakh to the family of the farmer who died in the Haveri police firing.

Mr. Chandrashekar appealed to farmers to contact the Deputy Commissioners of their respective district or get in touch with the office-bearers of farmers’ organisations in case they needed any help.