Staff Correspondent

No irrigation, power projects taken up

  • Government urged to waive all loans taken by farmers
  • `Over Rs. 350 crore for drought relief projects not used yet'

    DAVANGERE: The coalition Government had spent one year in office by giving false assurances to people and announcing impracticable schemes without analysing the pros and cons, said Cong I leader Mallikarjuna Kharge.

    Speaking to presspersons here on Sunday, Mr. Kharge said the Government had not taken up any irrigation or power generation projects in the State and the distribution of Ashraya houses to poor people had been stopped. Similarly distribution of food grains to poor people under the public distribution system had been stopped owing to improper selection of beneficiaries under the Below Poverty Line category, he said.

    However the coalition Government had succeeded in getting huge publicity for various reasons, he said. The Government had announced the schemes only for cheap publicity, the Cong I leader said. He said both the Ministers had announced many schemes for over Rs. 1, 000 crore. They had been trying to misguide the people by giving false assurances, he said.

    Loan waiver

    The Government had initially announced that it would waive all farmers loans but then decided to waive off only cooperative loans. Then again it changed its stand and said that it would waive the loans of small and marginal farmers and finally it said that it would waive loans up to Rs. 50,000.

    If the Government was really concerned about farmers, it should waive all loans availed by farmers from nationalised banks, grameena banks, commission agents and landlords, he said.

    Mr. Kharge further alleged that the State Government had failed to utilise the amounts released by the Union Government. Over Rs. 350 crore released by the Centre towards drought relief projects was yet to be used, he said. Deputy Commissioners and Chief Executive Officers of the zilla panchayats had not released funds to take up drought relief projects, he said.

    Ban on arrack would lead to the sale of illicit liquor, he said and added that the Government should have learnt a lesson from different states like Gujarat, Tamil Nadu that miserably failed to ban arrack in their states.

    Shyamanur Shivashankarappa, MLA, S.S. Mallikarjun, former Minister, Abdul Jabbar, former president of the Davangere district Cong I and D. Basavaraj, former president of Davangere city municipality were with Kharge.