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Kharge to seek House panel to look into suicide by farmers

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Sharing the grief: The Leader of the Opposition in the legislative Assembly, M. Mallikarjun Kharge, giving a cheque for Rs.50,000 as compensation from the Congress to the wife of Narayana Swamy, who had committed suicide, at Anjanapura in Shikaripur taluk of Shimoga district on Sunday.
Sharing the grief: The Leader of the Opposition in the legislative Assembly, M. Mallikarjun Kharge, giving a cheque for Rs.50,000 as compensation from the Congress to the wife of Narayana Swamy, who had committed suicide, at Anjanapura in Shikaripur taluk of Shimoga district on Sunday.

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‘Government must come out with details regarding fertilizer supply to State’

SHIMOGA: The Leader of the Opposition in the Assembly, M. Mallikarjun Kharge, said on Sunday that he would press for the constitution of a Joint Legislative House Committee on Monday to look into the circumstances that led to suicide cases involving farmers.

He was addressing presspersons at Anjanapur in Shikaripur taluk after visiting the kin of Narayanaswamy who committed suicide on Friday.

He said that the committee should be asked to conduct a thorough inquiry to find out whether scarcity of fertilizers and seeds and financial problem were the reasons for suicide by farmers.

He said that it was not fair on the part of the State Government to blame the Centre to cover its lapses in the distribution of fertilizers. He urged the Government to come out with details regarding supply of fertilizers to the State. Fertilizers should have been distributed based on the need.

Mr. Kharge said that his party would cooperate with the Government if it was called for a discussion on the issue pertaining to suicide by farmers. It was not right to jump into any hasty conclusion on the issue.

He said that there was no need to attach any political importance to his visit to the house of the farmer just for the reason that the village was part of the constituency of Chief Minister B.S. Yeddyurappa. He had made it a point to visit the kin of the farmers who had committed suicide.

Mr. Kharge gave a cheque for Rs. 50,000 as compensation from the Congress to the wife of the farmer. He gave a cheque for Rs. 50,000 to the kin of Rangappa of Palavanahalli in Honnali taluk of Davangere district last week.

He promised the kin of the farmers that he would take up their requests for a higher compensation with the Government. Later, Mr. Kharge met the kin of Kuppagoundar of Hulakoppa in Shikaripur taluk who committed suicide some time ago. Mr. Kharge was accompanied by KPCC leaders Kagodu Thimmappa and Kondaiah, MLC Mir Azeez Ahmed, the former MLA Karianna, president of the District Congress Committee R. Prasannakumar and president of the District Youth Congress Committee S. Ravikumar.

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