Youth Congress workers took out a procession in Jagalur on Tuesday in protest against the failure of the government to tackle drought in 123 taluks, including Jagalur, in the State. They raised slogans against the government and Chief Minister D.V. Sadananda Gowda.
The workers, led by Karnataka Pradesh Congress Committee member and leader of the Jagalur taluk Congress Patel Kalleshraj Gowda, submitted a memorandum to the tahsildar.
Mr. Patel said that over 123 taluks including Jagalur taluk had been declared drought-hit. “The government, instead of taking up drought relief works on a war-footing, is busy in internal squabbles,” he said.
“People are undergoing severe hardship on account of drought and drinking water problem,” Mr. Patel said.
He said that the government should have provided drinking water and employment to agricultural labourers.
“Labourers are migrating to other places from Jagalur and Harpanahalli taluks, but the authorities have not taken any steps to stop it.
The Union government has released thousands of crores under the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act to the State. The State government could have taken up a number of public works to provide employment to agricultural labourers,” he said. “over 128 villages in Jagalur taluk are facing serious drinking water shortage and the district administration has failed to provide a permanent water source there. It has also failed to provide water through tankers,” Mr. Patel said.
He said that the district administration had set up a goshala in Jagalur some time ago and announced that it would set up two more goshalas .