BENGALURU: The failure of the monsoon and continued farmer suicides may force the government not to celebrate the state festival — Mysuru Dasara — on a grand scale.
The opinion to keep Dasara a simple and a low-key affair was aired at a high-level meeting chaired by Chief Minister Siddaramaiah on Monday.
A formal decision in this regard will be taken in a few days after consulting prominent persons from various fields.
“The state is reeling under severe drought. We had not seen this kind of a drought in the state since 1972 (43 years ago). Everyone at the meeting opined that Dasara should not be celebrated with the usual grandeur,’’ the chief minister said.
With monsoon being less than normal in June and July, water storage in several reservoirs across the state has remained less than the usual at this time of the year.
The situation is likely to be grim in terms of food production and drinking water due to the poor monsoon.
The government is already preparing to declare drought in at least 110 taluks in the state while more and more districts and taluks are being added to the list due to monsoon failure. “We will officially declare drought in the state after meeting Prime Minister Narendra Modi,’’ Law Minister T B Jayachandra told reporters on Monday.
An all-party delegation headed by Siddaramaiah is likely to meet the prime minister on Thursday.
According to the Meteorological Department, monsoon was normal only in 12 of the 30 districts in the state while only one district received excess rain.
According to official statistics given by the department, 14 districts in the state received deficient rain while three had scanty rain.
The forecast by the department is not positive either. The department says that monsoon continues to be weak across the state with the exception of coastal areas.
At the Dasara meeting, Siddaramaiah is said to have snubbed BJP MLC G Madhusudhan for suggesting the name of writer S L Bhyrappa as chief guest. “We have not even decided on how to celebrate the festival. Let us bother about the inauguration at a later stage,’’ the chief minister is said to have told the MLC.