Reserve at least Rs. 25,000 crore for the sector: Puttannaiah
Welcoming the announcement of a separate budget for agriculture, State president of the Karnataka Rajya Raitha Sangha K.S. Puttannaiah has demanded that the Government reserve at least Rs. 25,000 crore for it.
He was speaking to presspersons after inaugurating the valedictory of sports and cultural programmes and the National Service Scheme (NSS) unit at the Government Boys' PU College here on Thursday.
“Reserving only a couple of thousand crore for agriculture will not make any sense,” he told presspersons here on Thursday.
He urged the Government to create a substantial revolving fund for all crops, which could be utilised in times of floods or drought or other natural calamities. Stating that dry-land farming in rain-fed districts of the State was essential, he sought immediate implementation of a dry-land development policy.
“Implementation of this policy is vital for those districts that do not have irrigation facilities, especially in the north Karnataka region,” he said. The Government should allocate Rs. 10,000 crore for the irrigation and power sectors in rural areas, he said.
He said that organic farming was more harmful than chemical farming and urged the Chief Minister to accord more importance to natural farming. To ensure proper decentralisation of power, the Government should allocate at least Rs. 1 crore each to all gram panchayats in the State.
Stating that he would soon be visiting Delhi to participate in a meeting there, he said that he would urge the Union Government to constitute an agriculture pay commission on the lines of the one for government employees.
To a question, Mr. Puttannaiah said that the usage of endosulfan should be completely banned in the country.