Mysuru, June 17:- “Revenue Minister R Ashoka is trying to end the lives of farmers by amending Land Reforms Act. He says this amendment will be a boon for the farmers. If he has guts, let him call five farmer leaders for an open debate in front of the media,” said state president of Karnataka Farmers’ Union Kuruburu Shanthakumar at a press meet held at Mysuru Press Club on Tuesday.
“Farmers are struggling due to natural calamities, coronavirus pandemic and other difficulties. At this time, central and state governments have introduced arbitrary Acts such as APMC Act amendment, Land Reforms Act amendment to appease corporate companies. We will discuss with farmer leaders tomorrow and will stage statewide protests,” he added.
“Governments are not taking any action to protect the well being of farmers. The government should also think of announcing a crop holiday. Rural women are having a tough time even for a meal. Private financiers are troubling them for money. state government should introduce strict measures to protect them. We welcome the government’s decision asking Convention Centres to repay the advance money taken by the public. The Deputy Commissioner and Commissioner of Police should take action to get the money back to the public,” he added.
Kerehundi Rajanna, Ramegowda, Pushpalatha and others were present. (MR/KS)