The functionaries of Karnataka Rajya Raitha Sangha (KRRS) staged a dharna outside the residence of Kolar MLA Varthur Prakash on Thursday demanding a special session of legislature to discuss problems of farmers in view of the prevailing drought situation.The protesters demanded that all the farm loans be waived off and Rs. 25,000 relief per acre be given to those who suffered croploss.The legislator should exert pressure on the government to convene a special session in order to discuss the distress faced by farming community, they said.Later, the protesters met Health and Family Welfare and district in-charge minister K.R. Rameshkumar at zilla panchayat premises and submitted a memorandum.KRRS state vice president K. Narayana Gowda, district president Maragal Srinivas and A. Nalini participated among others.
Vishwanath Patil Koutha, Karnataka Rajya Raitha Sangha leader, said, “Over 60 farmers have committed suicide owing to crop loss in the last three years. If the government cannot figure out a way to distribute relief immediately, more farmers will die.”He added that farmers in various villages of Bhalki have been waiting for crop loss relief for months after reading statements from district in-charge Minister Eshwar Khandre and Deputy Commissioner Anurag Tewari that over Rs. 230 crore has been distributed to farmers as compensation in one year. “And then we come to know that the money released by the State government has not reached the farmers,” he said.