Source: the Hindu :-
Members of various farmer associations began a nightlong dharna demanding drought relief measures in Bidar on Tuesday. They gathered inside a tent put up before the Deputy Commissioner’s office, listened to speeches by their leaders, and submitted a memorandum to the government.
They had a mass lunch and had come prepared to sleep in tents.
Their demands included universal crop insurance, hiking crop loss compensation to Rs. 10,000 per acre, ensuring payment of all arrears to sugarcane growers, fresh loans at zero per cent interest and other benefits. D.K. Sidram, the former zilla panchayat member who organised the protest, demanded that the State government declare Bidar a drought-hit district immediately.
He said that rainfall scarcity was the most severe in several decades and farmers were suffering. He said cattle had no fodder and housewives were tired of getting drinking water from far off places. He vowed to continue to lead the protest till the State government announced drought relief measures.
Veerabhushan Nandagave, Karnataka Rajya Raitha Sangha leader, expressed deep displeasure at the Union and State governments for “neglecting the issues haunting farmers”. He said the government needs to battle farm crisis on priority. Members of Hasiru Sene and other farmers associations were present.
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