KARNATAKA

Farmer’s suicide: Shettar promises relief

Providing solace: Revenue Minister Jagadish Shettar speaking to the family members of Shivappa Itigatti of Navalur village, near Dharwad, on Wednesday. MP Pralhad Joshi, BJP State unit president D.V.Sadananda Gowda are seen.

Providing solace: Revenue Minister Jagadish Shettar speaking to the family members of Shivappa Itigatti of Navalur village, near Dharwad, on Wednesday. MP Pralhad Joshi, BJP State unit president D.V.Sadananda Gowda are seen.  

Staff Correspondent

Minister to take up issue of farmers’ suicide with Chief Minister

DHARWAD: Revenue Minister Jagadish Shettar has promised a compensation of Rs. 1 lakh to the family members of Shivappa Yallappa Itigatti, a farmer of Navalur village near here who committed suicide on Tuesday.

Mr. Shettar visited the house of Shivappa on Wednesday along with MP Pralhad Joshi, BJP State unit president D.V. Sadananda Gowda, former MLA Chandrakant Bellad, NWKRTC chairman Ashok Katwe and others to console the family members. The Minister said the compensation amount would reach the family members within three days.

Mr. Shettar assured that he would take steps to get free D.Ed. seat to the daughter of Shivappa, who had secured 80 per cent marks in the SSLC examination. He also promised to get the required medical treatment to the granddaughter of Shivappa who was physically challenged.

Mr. Gowda announced that his party would give a compensation of Rs. 10,000 to the family of Shivappa Itigatti.

Mr. Shettar told presspersons that he would take up the issue of the farmers’ suicides with Chief Minister H.D. Kumaraswamy. Even though the State Government had announced loan waiver and interest waiver schemes, it was alarming to note that the farmers were continuing to take the extreme step. He said there was also a need for checking the “harassment of farmers” by nationalised banks and he would raise the issue at the appropriate forum.

The Minister said that the Chief Minister would soon convene a meeting on the revival of KCC Bank and the amount due to be paid to the bank as part of the revival package announced earlier.

Shivappa (65), who had twelve acres of agricultural land, reportedly committed suicide by jumping in front of a train on Tuesday.

He had reportedly taken a crop loan of Rs. 53,000 from the Sattur branch of Syndicate Bank in 2003 and had not repaid it so far.

According to police sources, the officials of Karnatak Vikas Grameen Bank had gone to Navalur for recovery and Shivappa had come to know that. Assuming that probably the officials would also come to his house for recovery, Shivappa committed suicide, they said.

The Hubli Railway Police have registered a complaint.



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