The state government is ready to compensate the farmers of the Cauvery basin who have lost their standing crops due to shortage of water, Chief Minister Jagadish Shettar assured the Assembly on Tuesday.
Replying to the debate on the Motion of Thanks to the Governor’s address, the Chief Minister said that the government is ready to compensate the farmers who have lost their crops in the Cauvery basin region.
Informing that a field survey would be ordered to know the exact loss, he said that the government would take a decision on the quantum of payment after receiving the survey report.
JD(S) member Rudresh Gowda said that farmers are in acute distress following the shortage of Cauvery water and crops, including sugarcane and paddy are withering.
The government should announce a minimum of Rs 50,000 compensation for crop loss per acre, he said.
Opposition Congress leader Siddaramaiah also urged the CM to compensate the farmers for loss of all varieties of crops.
CM initially hesitated to oblige but later assured the House with a rider that compensation would be paid.