Staff Correspondent

HASSAN: Minister for Higher Education and Hassan district in-charge Arvind Limbavali on Friday made it clear that the State could not give farmers adequate compensation for lost potato crop without Central help, as only Rs. 2,000 a hectare could be given under the Natural Calamity Relief Fund. The actual loss was much more, he said.

Addressing presspersons here, Mr. Limbavali said the State had sent a proposal to the Centre seeking a special package for farmers. The Deputy Commissioner had also sent a preliminary report seeking release of Rs. 100 crore.Mr. Limbavali said that last year’s crop insurance amount had been released, and the Government had appealed to the Centre to release special funds to the State to deal with the flood situation.

He recalled that a similar package had been given to Maharashtra to tackle the flood situation there. The Centre had also announced a special package for Bihar.

Lokayukta inquiry

Mr. Limbavali said a Lokayukta inquiry had been ordered into manner in which Rs. 248 crore was spent on the laying of the outer ring road here.

There were several lapses in tender quotations, he said and made it clear that the Government was acting in the line of duty and not being vindictive.

He said several irregularities were detected in the recruitments made to the Hassan Institute of Medical Sciences, which would also be looked into.