BENGALURU: The compulsions of spreading the goodies to a wider voter base in the poll budget has left the farmers sulking as the Chief Minister has crashed their expectations on farm loan waiver.
The budget lacks any big ticket initiative to provide succour for millions of farmers hit by successive droughts. The allocation of `600cr for ‘Krishi Bhagya” for digging small irrigation ponds at 50 per cent financial subsidy for massive expansion of the scheme to even Coastal and Malnad regions is the only major gesture for mitigating the effect of drought.
The budget also lacks any fresh initiatives on bringing down the input costs in agriculture and ensuring fair returns on agro-products.
Terming the budget as most disappointing, Raitha Sangha president Kuruburu Shantakumar has called upon the farmers to launch an agitation against the Siddaramaiah government.