Puttannaiah urges state, centre to waive off loans of farmers

Mysuru, May8:- “The prevailing drought in the state has made the lives of the farmers miserable. Farmers of the state have lost Rs 32,000 crore. The state and central governments should waive off the loans of the farmers in order to mitigate their burden,” said Melukote MLA and farmers’ leader K S Puttannaiah.

He was addressing a press meet at the Tourists’ Bungalow in K R Pet on Monday.

“Normally the people who have no knowledge about farm and farmers are assuming the seats of power and they know nothing to extend help to the farmers. The state is facing the worst drought. Areca trees, coconut farms, beetle leaf and other long term plants are dying due to scarcity of water,” he added.

With regard to K S Nanjegowda’s likely entry to JD(S), Puttannaiah said that the farmer leader’s should not get carried away with power. He urged Nanjegowda to stay with the farmers’ union and not to join any political party.

President of Taluk Raitha Sangha Maruvanalli Shankar, general secretary Narayanaswamy, Bookanakere Nagaraju, J Poornima Shankar and others were present. -(KS, NGB)

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