Steps demanded to dispel farmers’ fears

The State and Central governments should take steps to dispel the apprehensions of farmers following the publication of the Madhav Gadgil and Kasturirangan committee reports, the office bearers of the Kerala Pradesh Karshaka Congress (I) have said.

Reports that environmental organisations had received over Rs. 400 crore from foreign agencies should be investigated, said a joint statement issued by Lal Varghese Kalpakavadi and K.P. Elias, the president and the general secretary of the organisation.

The views of farmers, local self-governments or State governments in the Ghats region were not sought by the two committees while preparing the reports, they said.