Government criticised for following anti-farmer policies
Melukote MLA and farmers’ leader K.S. Puttannaiah has alleged that the government polices have forced farmers to run from pillar to post for just minimum support price for agricultural produce.
He was speaking at a farmers’ conference here on Tuesday, organised by the Karnataka Rajya Raitha Sangha (KRRS) and Hasiru Sene.
“Running from one office to another with an application seeking just minimum support price for agricultural produce is an indication of slavery. Our struggle is just against unjust policies,” he said.
These anti-farmer policies had pushed farming community out of villages, he said. He demanded that a separate commission be formed to deal exclusively with farmer-related issues. Mr.. Puttannaiah urged the government to come up with a policy of encouraging agriculture-based industries to overcome agricultural distress. He announced that a delegation of farmer leaders would soon meet Chief Minister Siddaramaiah to discuss irrigation-related issues of the Krishna and the Tungabhadra command areas. Earlier, Chamarasa Mali Patil, State president of KRRS, urged the government to encourage export of Sona Masuri with a special policy.
The conference, which was attended by farmers from Raichur, Koppal, Bellary, Yadagir and Davangere districts, took five resolutions, including an MSP of Rs. 2,000, Rs. 6,500 and Rs. 1,500 a quintal each of paddy, cotton and corn, respectively. They demanded withdrawal of new levy policy enforced to ensure supply of rice for Anna Bhagya scheme.