The executive committee meeting of Raitha Morcha will begin today

The State executive committee meeting of Bharatiya the Janata Party Raitha Morcha, the farmers’ wing of the party, will be held in Shimoga on Tuesday and Wednesday, said president of the Raitha Morcha and the former MLA Araga Jnanendra.

Problems faced by farmers in the State will be discussed in the meeting. The issue of collection of unused agricultural implements from farmers for the installation of the iron statue of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel in Gujarat will also be discussed, Mr. Jnanendra told presspersons here on Monday.

The former Chief Minister D.V. Sadananda Gowda will inaugurate the meeting. The former Deputy Chief Minister K.S. Eshwarappa will be present at the inaugural ceremony. The BJP functionaries will also take out a bullock cart procession to mark the launch of the executive meeting, he said.

Mr. Jnanendra said there was a sharp increase in the price of chemical fertilizers after the Congress-led United Progressive Alliance (UPA) government assumed power at the Centre. He alleged that the Centre was fixing the minimum support price (MSP) for procurement of agricultural produce without scientifically assessing the production cost. The State government has not deployed adequate number of staff at the procurement centres leading to delays. He urged the Government to strictly monitor the functioning of the procurement centres.

RTC chaos

Mr. Jnanendra expressed displeasure about the lapses in issuing record of Rights, Tenancy and Crops (RTC) due to which the farmers had to face hardship. The State government should address the problem at the earliest. The owners of cattle that had died due to foot and mouth disease (FMD) were not properly compensated. Both the Central and the State government have failed to provide adequate compensation for the farmers in Karnataka who lost their standing crop to the rain fury. These issues will be discussed in detail at the executive committee meeting, he said.

A marathon titled ‘Run for Unity’ will be held in the city on December 15 to mark the death anniversary of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel. The BJP will also organise symposia and essay writing competitions for children on Patel. A campaign will be held in rural areas January 19 to 26 to collect soil and metal for building the statue of Patel, he said.

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