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'Centre should concentrate on agriculture and irrigation'

'Centre should concentrate on agriculture and irrigation'

N H   ¦    May 19, 2017 05:51:34 PM (IST)

Mysuru: "We need to find a solution to the problems of the farmers in distress due to the drought, opined KPCC Vice President Prof B K Chandrashekar here on May 19.

'Centre should concentrate on agriculture and irrigation'-1Addressing a press meet at Jaladarshini, he said, "Whichever party comes to power will promise to waive off the loans. But in reality its not possible. As per the NSS report 52 percent of the farmers are debt-ridden. In Andhra Pradesh, highest number of farmers have committed suicide whereas Karnataka stands third in farmer suicides. Centre, instead of targeting the chief minister should concentrate on agriculture and irrigation. The prime minister who blames the state government has time to visit US and deliver speeches, but he has no time for farmers.

The government has Rs 52, 000 Crore worth of farmer loans on its head which is one third of the budget that cannot be waived off."

In BJP ruled states like Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Chattisgarh and Haryana, they have not waived of loans. Centre must hold a special session to solve agrarian crisis, he said.

Adagur H Vishwanath is a respected politician. He has not quit the party. But by giving public statements he has insulted the party. Instead of going public he should have discussed among the party leaders and found a solution, he said.