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Funds not being spent to prevent suicide by farmers: Dharam Singh

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Dharam Singh
Dharam Singh

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  • Rs. 2,069-crore package announced by the Centre
  • State Government yet to frame plan to spend funds in districts

    GULBARGA: Former Chief Minister and Leader of the Opposition in the Legislative Assembly N. Dharam Singh on Thursday charged Chief Minister H.D. Kumaraswamy and Deputy Chief Minister B.S. Yediyurappa of not framing any concrete action plan to address to the problems faced by farmers.

    Mr. Singh told The Hindu that the State Government was not spending a single rupee of the Rs. 2,069-crore package announced by the Centre for districts where suicide by farmers had been reported. Mr. Dharam Singh said the State Government was yet to frame an action plan to spend the funds in districts selected for implementing programmes to alleviate the problems of farmers by distributing subsidised seeds and fertilizers.

    He said the State Government had constituted a Cabinet sub-committee under the chairmanship of Public Works Minister H.D. Revanna to oversee implementation of schemes under the special package announced by the Centre for farmers. However, Mr. Dharam Singh said the sub-committee had not framed plans to spend the amount.

    Mr. Dharam Singh sought a clarification from Assembly Speaker Krishna on how the interim report of the State legislature committee on alleged land grabbing in Bangalore was being leaked to legislators before it is placed before the Cabinet for discussion.

    The findings of the State legislature committee was the property of the legislature and before it is placed in the legislature the finding should not be released to individuals, he added.

    He said although names had not been mentioned in the report, few individuals in the Government were trying to make a political capital out of the report.

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