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They didn’t have full info on issues raised at KDP meeting

President of the Gulbarga Zilla Panchayat Sharanappa V. Patil (extreme right) presiding over the monthly Karnataka Development Programme review meeting in Gulbarga on Friday.— Photo: Arun Kulkarni
President of the Gulbarga Zilla Panchayat Sharanappa V. Patil (extreme right) presiding over the monthly Karnataka Development Programme review meeting in Gulbarga on Friday.— Photo: Arun Kulkarni

Despite it being mandatory for department heads to participate in the Karnataka Development Programme (KDP) review meeting, many senior officials skipped the one held here on Friday; they deputed junior officials instead.

The meeting was presided over by zilla panchayat president Sharanappa V. Patil, vice-president Parvathi Chavan and Chief Executive Officer Pallavi Akuruti.

Issues discussed at the meeting included distribution of seeds and fertilizer to farmers during the rabi season and payment of the insurance amount due to farmers.

However, none of these issues was discussed in full, since the officials present did not have the required information sought by members.

Regarding the payment of crop insurance, the members complained that while farmers in Jewargi taluk could get the maximum crop insurance amount, farmers who had suffered heavy losses in other taluks did not get the same amount.

An official from the State Bank of India, who was present at the meeting, said that he did not have the number of farmers who had been covered under the crop insurance scheme, and could not provide an answer why farmers from taluks, other than Jewargi, were not getting the crop insurance amount.

Officials from the Agriculture Department said that one of the major reasons behind the uneven distribution of the crop insurance amount was the lack of awareness among farmers to pay the insurance premium on time.

‘Substandard’ work

Chairperson of the Agriculture and Industries Standing Committee Jayashree Ashok Savaleshwar called the ongoing work on the State highway, taken up from the Maharashtra border near Umerga to Sulepet in Gulbarga district, “substandard”.

She demanded that the Public Works Department (PWD) ensure quality construction of the road.

PWD officials said that there was no truth in Ms. Savaleshwar’s statement.

The officials assured the members that the work would be continuously monitored.


  • Issues discussed included distribution of seeds, fertilizer, and payment of insurance amount

  • ‘Only farmers in Jewargi taluk have been covered under crop insurance scheme’


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