Former Chief Minister H D Kumaraswamy urged the state government to immediately release Rs 2,000 crore as compensation to farmers in the Cauvery basin within two days.
Addressing a press meet in the city on Wednesday, he said: “Farmers are set to lose their standing crops due to non-availability of water. Farmers who have grown paddy in 6lakh acres in Cauvery, Hemavathi, Harangi and Kabini achukats need to be compensated. Lakhs of farmers are going to suffer serious losses due to government’s failure to make water available for their crops. State government should immediately release at least Rs 25,000 for each acre of crop loss, and the compensation should be released in the next two days. Chief Minister Siddaramaiah has taken a U-turn and has betrayed the people of the state by releasing water to Tamil Nadu. Siddaramaiah could have challenged the court order and could have stopped releasing water.”
“The state government has no commitment towards the Mekedatu project and in addition to this, even the Cauvery Niravari Nigam is more concerned about their commission from contractors instead of working for implementing projects in the state,” said the former chief minister.
“If these demands are not fulfilled in due time we would take a padayatra from KRS to Vidhana Soudha,” said Kumaraswamy.
Former chief minister H D Kumaraswamy at a press conference in Mysuru on Wednesday.