KARNATAKA

Yediyurappa promises to help farmers in distress

Staff Correspondent

‘Farmers committing suicide owing to family problems’



‘Government committed to implement Nanjundappa report’

Demands apology from Sonia Gandhi over Mahadayi remarks



DAVANGERE: Deputy Chief Minister B.S. Yediyurappa has called upon farmers and poor people, who are facing a distress situation, to approach him or Chief Minister H.D. Kumaraswamy for help. He also told them not to get disheartened and resort to suicide.

He said that the people could also send them their petition through tahasildar or Deputy Commissioner and their problems would be addressed.

Speaking to presspersons here on Wednesday, Mr. Yediyurappa said that he and Mr. Kumaraswamy were planning a better approach to pacify those who were in distress and instil confidence among them to avert suicides. They were working on introducing a system in this regard, he said.

Mr. Yediyurappa refuted that suicide committed by farmers in the recent past was owing to crop failure and financial constraints. He said he had gathered information from the district administrations and according to it many farmers had committed suicide owing to family problems and other reasons.

He said that the Government had waived interest on loans and farm loans up to Rs. 25,000 apart from distributing loans at four per cent interest to encourage the farming community.

“What to do if farmers commit suicide even after giving such benefits,” he said.

He said that Congress had expressed doubts over the Government fulfilling its promises. He said that the Government had fulfilled all its promises and it was committed to implement the Nanjundappa report on regional imbalances. He said that a committee had formed to implement the recommendations of the report at a cost of over Rs. 1,570 crore.

Mr. Yediyurappa urged the Union Government to provide loans to farmers at four per cent interest rate through nationalised banks.

The Deputy Chief Minister demanded that Congress president Sonia Gandhi should tender an unconditional apology for her reported remarks on Mahadayi irrigation project. She should not have stooped to the level of making such remarks to woo voters, he said.

Minister for Irrigation K.S. Eshwarappa and Minister for Sugar and Rural Water Supply S.A. Ravindranath were present.



‘Government committed to implement Nanjundappa report’

Demands apology from Sonia Gandhi over Mahadayi remarks





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