K'taka govt to release Rs 2,000 as relief to drought-hit farmers; CM slams Centre's 'apathy'

Bengaluru, Nov 30 (IANS): The Karnataka Government announced on Thursday that it would release crop relief of Rs 2,000 in the first installment for eligible farmers suffering from drought.

Chief Minister Siddaramaiah had made this announcement at an emergency press conference. He stated that it is an emergency action by the state in view of the fact that the central government has not yet held a preliminary meeting to compensate the farmers of the state who are facing a severe drought.

“There is no response to the letters written to the Centre. Three ministers from the state visited Delhi, but did not get a positive response from the Centre,” Siddaramaiah stated.

“Permission was sought to provide 150 man-days’ employment under the Employment Guarantee Scheme. The Centre has not yet given permission. We have declared 223 taluks of the state as drought-prone in three phases. Crop loss is in 48.19 lakh hectares,” he stated.

Siddaramaiah added that, "We have written to the Centre to provide financial assistance of Rs. 18171.44 crore. It is enough if the Centre returns the share of our tax money. We had first appealed to the Centre on September 21. A team from the Centre toured the state and conducted a drought survey and submitted a report."

"We all met the central team to discuss and explained the situation. There is drought situation in 12 states of the country. We have asked to release Rs.4,663 crore compensation for the crop loss from the Centre. We have also appealed to the Union Minister," he stated.

He said that the Union Government had not conducted a single meeting till date.

“Despite requests to allot time for the visit, it was not given. I asked the three Ministers to visit Delhi and at least meet the officials. The Ministers went to Delhi and have explained to the officials,” Siddaramaiah stated.

“Since it is not possible to wait until the Centre releases the amount, the State Government has decided to release the first installment,” he claimed.

"I have written a letter seeking time and saying that I will meet the Union Agriculture and Home Minister myself. Time has not been given till date," he stated.



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  • Lekhana, DXB/ Mlr

    Fri, Dec 01 2023

    The high-ranking official from the central government has arrived in Dubai for climate financing and technology transfer to developing nations. However, there seems to be a lack of concern regarding climate change issues within the country, such as droughts and famines affecting poor farmers. This negligence raises questions about the commitment to addressing these crucial challenges, despite the global platform. The official's focus on projecting the country as a vishwaguru appears to be overshadowing the pressing domestic environmental issues.

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  • Nayan Mulki, Bangalore

    Fri, Dec 01 2023

    Centre wont even entertain these genuine requests from State Government . They know that they will get votes in the name of hindu muslim , Pakistan , Uniform Civil Code etc etc . Stomach will be empty , No development where you live , No Job , Waste Infra - Such things dont matter to Kannadigas .

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  • Naveen, Mangalore

    Fri, Dec 01 2023

    Central Govt want tax and Vote from Karnataka , But they will not support or help us on our difficult time .

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  • real kujuma, kodial

    Fri, Dec 01 2023

    one more sixer by LOrd Sidda devaraya...Bahu Parak Rajadhiraja....Nimage jayavagali....

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  • KS Mayya, Mangalore/Bangalore

    Thu, Nov 30 2023

    How much water was released by Karnataka to TN? Drought hit farmers do not need money, they want water. INDIA is a show that lacks substance? I thought INDIA is a closed knit solution to people's problems whilst being a front against right wing politics. So, Modi will have to solve problems of Karnataka and TN where we have by ballot demonstrated that we have no trust in Modi?

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