CM seeks more fertiliser from Centre for rabi season

Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai (3rd from left) greets Union Minister for Fertilisers, Health and Family Welfare Mansukh Mandaviya in Delhi on October 8, 2021. Also seen are Karnataka Health and Family Welfare Minister K. Sudhakhar and Principal Secretary Manjunatha Prasad  

With farmers facing shortage of Di-ammonium Phosphate (DAP) and Muriate of Potash (MoP) for taking up sowing operations in the rabi season, Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai called on Union Minister for Fertilisers, Health and Family Welfare Mansukh Mandaviya in Delhi with a request for additional supply of nutrients to Karnataka.

He sought 32,000 tonnes of DAP, which is the preferred fertiliser across Karnataka, and 10,000 tonnes of MoP for the rabi season. The Union Minister has assured supply in a week. The Centre has allocated 79,860 tonnes of urea to Karnataka, and there is no shortage, Mr. Bommai said.

COVID-19 vaccination

On COVID-19 vaccination drive, the Chief Minister told mediapersons in Delhi that Karnataka had administered 1.48 crore doses in September. The State has a stock of 51 lakh doses of vaccine.

So far, 37% of eligible persons have been administered the second dose while 81% of the eligible population has been given the first dose. The government has set a target of giving first dose to 90% of the targeted population and second dose to 70% of the population by December 31, the Chief Minister said.

The government has sought more funds from the Centre under the National Rural Health Mission. Mr. Mandaviya would visit Bengaluru on October 10 for the convocation of National Institute of Mental Health and Neurosciences. During his visit, he promised to review schemes in the health sector, Mr. Bommai said.

The Chief Minister also met Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman to thank her for appointing him as Chairman of the Group of Ministers on GST. He discussed rationalisation of GST with Ms. Sitharaman, official sources said.

The Chief Minister was accompanied by State Health and Family Welfare Minister K. Sudhakhar, Chief Secretary P. Ravi Kumar and Principal Secretary Manjunatha Prasad.

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