Mysuru, August 7:- That the floods have ravaged the state, the central government should immediately release funds to help the state to fight the tough situation.
Talking to reporters at Jaladarshini Guest House on Mysuru-Hunsur Road here on Friday (August 7), Karnataka Rajya Raitha Sangha (KRRS) president Badagalapura Nagendra said, “Many villages in the state had to face the brunt because of the heavy rains that lashed Karnataka last year. Even as people are struggling to come out of the tough situation, there seems to be a threat of floods this year as well. If the situation turns out to be like last year, farmers and people will be put to hardship. For the third consecutive year, Kodagu district has been hit badly by the rains. Many people have lost their lives because of landslides.”
Nagendra said, “After last year’s rains wreaked havoc, experts had cautioned the state government that it might repeat again. The government, in fact, was asked to form an experts’ committee to look into the reasons behind landslides. But unfortunately, the state government never woke up. The state government had asked the Centre for Rs 35,000 crore towards flood relief last year but what we got is a pittance. Considering Karnataka’s financial position is bad, the Centre should release flood relief funds immediately.”
Turning his attention to the Land Reforms Act, the farmer leader said, “The state government should drop plans to amend the Farmland Act, APMC Act and privatisation of power supply units. We want the move to privatise government organisations to be shelved immediately. The fight against this will begin at every village in the state. The government, it seems, wants to hand over governance to private companies and be their slaves. As supporters of democracy, we have to fight against this and protect the nation.”
Beginning tomorrow (August 8), KRRS, Hasiru Sene and Dalit Sangharsha Samiti, Nagendra said will protest in every village against the amendment of Farmland Act. “The slogan for the protest will be ‘It is our land and it is not for sale.’ Every farmer will take a pledge that he will not sell his land at any cost.”
Continuing further, he said, “Former chief minister D Devaraj Urs fought for farmers’ cause. As a mark of respect, we will be protesting at his birth place Bettadatunga village in Periyapattana taluk against the state government’s policies. The programme will begin at 11 am in the morning tomorrow (Saturday). Farmer leaders, Swaraj India and Janacheteana Trust leaders will be present.
Saraguru Nataraj, Hosakote Basavaraju, P Maramkaiah, Mandakalli Mahesh and others were present at the presser. (MR/KS)