Droughts between 2011-2020 caused significant socioeconomic and humanitarian impacts, with 82% of households in affected areas facing the risk of food insecurity.
Admitting that it is the responsibility of the Centre also to grant funds, Poojari, however, said that the State Government must do its share of work first.
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In Anantapur, 3,000 metric tonnes of fodder, 2,500 metric tonnes of feed, and 600 metric tonnes of total mixed ration (TMR) are required.
The great wildlife policy of the government of India with its crocodile tears for the wildlife has put a stop to killing them and now we are at their mercy.
Revealing that the Central team will visit the State soon to assess the drought situation, the minister said the State officials have taken up field survey to assess the Kharif loss.
R Ashoka said, “Gunda culture has increased after the Congress came to power this May.” He also said that if Congress touches the RSS, it is nothing but digging its own grave.
The CM refuted former CM and state JDS president HD Kumaraswamy’s allegations that drought relief works have not reached people. Kumaraswamy has no information about the relief works, he added.
Farmers, however, complain that half the cultivation was damaged owing to deficit rain during the southwest monsoon.
The State government can always tell the Centre about the drought situation and urge it to send official teams to assess the situation, besides seeking funds to take up relief measures.
The meeting held at Suvarna Vidhana Soudha on Friday was to discuss crop loss, a solution to overcome the water crisis, and to find a lasting solution to the agriculture crisis in the district.
He said the state government is seeking Rs 12,577 crore as relief towards the subsistence of small and marginal farmers whose families are completely dependent on agriculture.
Law and Parliamentary Affairs Minister HK Patil said that the cabinet meeting expressed concern over the step-motherly treatment of Karnataka by the union government.
As monsoon failed and farm work ended early, migration of people in the workable age group started to rise.
An official from the district administration said that to prevent child marriages, task forces have been set up in all taluks and officials are now keeping a strict vigil.
He said that delaying work amounts to corruption and will not be tolerated, and all officials should follow the guidelines of the government.
Chief Minister Siddaramaiah said if the BJP leaders have any concern for the state and farmers, they must ensure that the Centre releases grants.
Cultivable lands in the district heavily rely on rainwater for irrigation, as existing irrigation projects serve only around 30 per cent (pc) of the land.
“I have asked the district ministers to visit all the taluks in their districts to study drought. I have asked them to meet the people to know the ground reality.
He claimed that the state government till date has not submitted details of estimated crop loss to the Centre.
Dubbing the Siddaramaiah government anti-farmer and anti-poor, he said Congress leaders are fighting among themselves, while those in power have hung on to their chairs.