President of State unit of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) Prahlad Joshi said here on Wednesday that the State government should provide Rs. 25,000 an acre as compensation to arecanut growers whose plantations were affected by fruit rot disease this rainy season.

Addressing presspersons here, he said that Rs. 12,000 compensation a hectare announced by the government was not enough.

He said that though a fortnight has lapsed since the departure of the Union government team from the State, after assessing crop damage due to excess rainfall, no compensation was announced to areca growers.

The BJP had suggested to the government to provide compensation from the National Disaster Management Fund. But the government was “dillydallying” on it. Mr. Joshi said that rubber plantations have also been affected because of excess rainfall in the State this year.

Foot-and-mouth disease

Referring to the spread of foot-and-mouth disease, he said that the State should provide Rs. 25,000 as compensation for every head of cattle that died from to the disease. He claimed that according to details collected by the party more than 5,000 animals have died of disease in the State this year. The party has given the details to Chief Minister Siddaramaiah.

Mr. Joshi said that many veterinary doctors were working in other departments on deputation. They should be recalled to the parent department to help the government control the disease.

In different directions

Mr. Joshi alleged that the State government and the Congress were “heading in different directions” in the State. If the Karnataka Pradesh Congress Committee president G. Parameshwar wanted evaluation of performance of ministers, the latter were not supportive of it.

Mr. Joshi claimed that the Union government has issued a directive that Muslims absolved of terrorism charges should be issued a certificate of innocence and special courts should be set up to hear cases against Muslims. “Why it is only for Muslims, why not for others,” Mr. Joshi questioned.

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