Drying paddy and sugarcane are not the only problems facing farmers in the Cauvery basin. In the searing drought-hit districts of south Karnataka, coconut trees -once a lifeline for farmers through the year -stand black and wilting.Chamarajanagara is the worst hit. Desperate farmers are planning to launch a series of protests.
BENGALURU: The High Court acquitted all four accused in the inhuman Hangarahalli bonded labour case registered by Srirangapatna police of Mandya district. The accused had allegedly kept labourers in shackles in a stone quarry.Five labourers Venakatachala, Nagaraju, Krishna, Venkatesha and Gopal were found chained at Chamundeshwari Stone Crushing Industry in Hangarahalli in Srirangapatna taluk and were freed by Karnataka Rajya Raitha Sangha in June 2000.In relation to the case registered in June 22, 2000, the four accused were convicted by trial court in Mandya and they filed an appeal in the High Court. Justice Anand Byrareddy on January 3 allowed their appeals.
The Supreme Court’s order to Karnataka on releasing 2,000 cusecs of water to Tamil Nadu till February 7 has triggered protests in Maddur of the district.On Thursday, many Karnataka Rajya Raitha Sangha (KRRS) members blocked the traffic on Bengaluru-Mysuru highway and urged the State government not to discharge water as the farmers here are reeling under severe drought.KRRS leader Konasale Narasaraju, who led the protest, said that the farmers in the Cauvery delta, for the last several years, have been losing crops continuously owing to drought and the Cauvery water crisis.
The State government here on Thursday was urged to immediately table the House committee report, on the alleged violation of the framework agreement by the Nandi Infrastructure Corridor Enterprises (NICE), in the Legislative Assembly.×The Kauvery Kanive Raitha Okkoota (KKRO) staged a demonstration near the KSRTC bus stand on the Bengaluru-Mysuru highway.
The Cauvery water dispute and drought have impacted the agricultural sector in Mandya district, with paddy crops on at least 50,000 acres showing indications of withering.The crops in both the Cauvery and the Hemavati river basins are at the ear-head emergence and milky stages. They now badly need water to reach the harvesting stage. But water for irrigation was stopped on Wednesday following depletion of level in the Krishnaraja Sagar (KRS) reservoir.
Pressing a charter of demands to save the farming community from the prevailing drought situation, farmers and Kannada activists staged a massive protest outside the office of the Deputy Commissioner here on Tuesday.The agitators, raising slogans against the Irrigation Department for not heeding to their demand of discharging water for irrigation, took out a protest march from the Bengaluru-Mysuru highway. They called on the department to take immediate steps to prevent the standing crops in the Cauvery basin from withering away by discharging water into canals from the Krishnaraja Sagar (KRS) reservoir.Heavy losses.The stoppage of water release to canals and unscheduled/long load-shedding are causing severe financial losses to farmers, who have already lost several crops owing to drought and the Cauvery water dispute in the last four years. There are all possibilities that many farmers will commit suicides unable to bear crop loss, they said.They also asked the government to irrigate lands in the Hemavathi reservoir basin, suspend crop loan and interest recovery activities, provide at least eight hours electricity for irrigation pumpsets, and immediately disburse crop loss compensation to farmers in KRS, Kabini and Hemavathi basins.The agitators said the protests will continue till their demands are met by the government. Farmers and activists from different parts of the district participated in the protest, which was organised by the Karnataka Rajya Raitha Sangha and Hasiru Sene and the Karnataka Rakshana Vedike (Shivaramegowda faction).
Expressing anger against M.H. Ambareesh, MLA for Mandya, for not attending to the problems faced by people, especially farmers during the current agrarian crisis, activists of various organisations staged a protest here on Thursday.The activists, under the banner of the Karnataka Rajya Raitha Sangha and the Karnataka Janashakti, took out a protest rally from the Bengaluru-Mysuru Highway and demonstrated outside the office of the MLA at Cauvery Bhavan.
K.S. Puttannaiah, Sarvodaya Karnataka Party MLA, on Wednesday urged the State government to initiate immediate and stringent action against the alleged illegal granite mining activities happening unabated in Pandavapura taluk of the district.Speaking to presspersons here, Mr. Puttannaiah, who is also a senior Karnataka Rajya Raitha Sangha leader, alleged that the people engaged in illegal stone mining in the vicinity of Honaganahalli and Chinakurali have been evading royalty to the government causing a huge loss to the State exchequer.
Narayana, a marginal farmer from Besagarahalli of Maddur taluk, was thrilled when the India Meteorological Department (IMD) said in April that the southwest monsoon will be “good and above normal.”
The forecast of a good monsoon prompted him to take up farming. But, now Mr. Narayana is repenting for relying on the prediction that went wrong.
A young farmer, who was arrested during the recent Cauvery agitations and lodged in the Mandya District Prison here, allegedly attempted suicide on Wednesday. The undertrial, identified as Arun (25)