‘Government has failed to meet revenue mobilisation target’

The former Deputy Chief Minister K.S. Eshwarappa has urged Chief Minister Siddaramaiah to bring out a White Paper on the financial status of the State government.

Addressing presspersons here on Monday, he said the farmers who suffered losses due to the recent monsoon fury had not been compensated adequately by the government.

“The arterial roads across the State have become dilapidated owing to the delay in releasing funds for their maintenance. The government has failed to meet targets in revenue mobilisation. This has created a fund crunch and the government is not in a position to pay out the farmers who are in distress,” he said.

He alleged that the Congress-led United Progressive Alliance (UPA) government in the Centre has also failed to safeguard the interests of the farmers in the State. During his visit to Delhi recently, Mr. Siddaramaiah had sought a special relief package for the areca growers who had suffered losses due to fruit rot disease (kole roga) and to waive the loan borrowed by grape and pomegranate growers hit by drought and pest attack. He said it was unfortunate that the Centre had failed to bail out these farmers.

The recent monsoon has damaged arecanut, maize, paddy and pepper grown across large swathes of land in the State. The MLAs of the ruling Congress including the Speaker of Legislative Assembly Kagodu Thimmappa had requested the government to pay additional compensation for farmers who suffered losses. But the government washed its hands off by paying a pittance. The failure of the government to provide adequate compensation for the farmers raises doubts over its financial condition, he said.

Mr. Eshwarappa expressed displeasure that the Anna Bhagya scheme was implemented by the State government in great haste. The scheme was announced without adequate groundwork and as a result the rice allotted under the scheme was being diverted to open market in an illegal manner. The State government has so far failed to initiate stern action against the persons involved in misuse of rice allotted under the Anna Bhagya scheme, he said.

He said the Anna Bhagya scheme has triggered a fall in the price of paddy leaving farmers in distress. The rice mill owners, he said, also complain that the target of levy rice to be collected from them meant for distribution among the beneficiaries of the scheme was fixed by the government in an unscientific manner.

Replying to a query he said the BJP will not endorse the former minister Umesh Katti’s views on separate statehood for North Karnataka.

MLC R.K. Siddaramanna, the former MLA Araga Jnanendra, BJP functionaries Dattatri, B.R. Madhusudan, D.S. Arun, Jnaneshwar, H.C. Basavarajappa and S.N. Channabasappa were present.

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