President of Karnataka Janata Paksha B.S. Yeddyurappa has demanded that both Central and State governments take steps to protect the interests of workers serving in Visweswaraya Iron and Steel Plant, a public sector unit in Bhadravathi.

The notification issued by Steel Authority of India Limited (SAIL) inviting applications from interested companies for operating VISP on joint venture mode has created apprehension among workers serving there.

The notification should be withdrawn failing which intense protest would be staged. The VISP should be retained in public sector.

Both the Central and State governments should work in coordination to grant a captive mine for VISP, he said at a protest meet organised by Karnataka Janata Paksha against the failures of State government here on Monday.

He expressed displeasure that bagair hukum farmers were being evicted in the district by the officials of the Department of Forest in the name of clearance of encroachment. The eviction of farmers should be stopped immediately.

The Congress leaders had staged a series of protests in favour of bagair hukum farmers when they were in opposition. After coming to power, the Congress leaders had failed to protect the interests of bagair hukum farmers, he said.

He expressed displeasure that the farmers who suffered loss due to heavy rains that lashed the region recently had not been compensated in a scientific manner. The paltry amount was paid as compensation to the farmers.

The crop insurance scheme was also not implemented in a proper manner in the State, he said. Addressing the gathering, former minister H. Halappa urged the State government to repair the rural roads in the district that had been damaged due to recent rains.

On the outbreak of the foot-and-mouth disease in the State, he said the officials of the Department of Animal Husbandry had failed to vaccinate the cattle in advance owing to which the disease had spread.

  • ‘The VISP should be retained in public sector’

  • ‘Paltry sum has been paid as compensation to farmers’