KERALA

Centre urged to solve crisis in farm sector

KOTTAYAM, JUNE 1. The State Working Committee of the Kerala Congress (Joseph) has asked the Central Government to give special attention to the crisis in the agriculture sector in the State.

The meeting held here today underscored the need to implement programmes to ensure the security and sustainability of agriculture so that the present crisis could be overcome. The chairman of the party, P.J. Joseph, presided over the meeting.

The meeting pointed out that in spite of the promises of financial assistance to farmers who suffered heavy loss in the unprecedented drought situation that prevailed before the just concluded Lok Sabha elections, the United Democratic Front Government has miserably failed to effectively provide assistance to the needy till now.

The meeting observed that the outcome of the general elections reflected there was a strong popular sentiments against the anti-people programmes of the UDF Government.

The meeting also made it clear that the support extended to the United Progressive Alliance Government at the centre by the party was the result of the collective decision of the LDF coalition partners. The party would finalise an action plan during the three-day State camp being organised from August 12 onwards at Charalkunnu.