Janata Dal (Secular) leaders Amrut Desai and Gangadhar Patil Kulkarni have alleged that fodder banks opened by the district administration have not been useful for farmers.

Instead, fodder procured from the fodder banks was being transported to Andhra Pradesh and Maharashtra to be sold at higher prices, they claimed.

Speaking to presspersons here on Thursday, Mr. Desai and Mr. Kulkarni demanded that the district administration furnish details about the quantity of fodder from the fodder banks supplied and the number of farmers to whom it was supplied.

When questioned, however, he was unable to substantiate his allegations and blamed lack of organisation in his party for not taking action in the matter.

The Janata Dal (Secular) leaders also demanded uninterrupted power supply to IP sets.

Besides, banks should not harass farmers for loan recovery, they said.

Mr. Kulkarni also criticised the birthday celebrations of the former Chief Minister B.S. Yeddyurappa being held in Hubli on March 11, when the north Karnataka region was facing drought.

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