Member of Rajya Sabha and president of Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) district unit Ayanur Manjunath has expressed displeasure against the State government for the delay in submitting report to the Centre on the damage suffered due to recent rain.

Union Minister for Agriculture Sharad Pawar told a delegation of MPs from Karnataka who met him recently that he will send a team of officials to visit the affected areas and release compensation immediately as soon as the State government submits a report on the loss suffered due to rain. It is unfortunate that the State government has displayed negligence in submitting report to the Centre, he said at a press conference in the city on Wednesday.

The State government should assess the loss suffered by the farmers in an objective manner and apprise the Centre in this regard immediately, Mr. Manjunath said.

Chief Minister Siddaramaiah should take a delegation of MPs from the State to the Prime Minister and Union Minister for Agriculture to demand additional funds for the State for relief works, he said.

During his recent visit to Shimoga district, Mr. Siddaramaiah announced an amount of Rs.73 crore as compensation for the farmers who have suffered loss. It was not possible to compensate the farmers properly with this paltry sum of money, Mr. Manjunath said. As the rain has caused extensive damage this year, the government should release additional compensation, he said.

Replying to a query he said that non-Congress political parties would join hands to come to power in Shimoga City Municipal Council. BJP would enter into a pact with Karnataka Janata Paksha, JD(S) and independent councillors. The experiment to keep the Congress party at bay from power has proved successful in Mysore City Corporation, he said.

Ayanur Manjunath says the State has been negligent in submitting an accurate damage report to the Centre