Mangaluru: August 18, 2015: The state government has failed miserably to tackle continuing suicides by farmers in Karnataka. There is no concrete plan of action on part of the government to instill confidence in minds of farmers, noted Sunil Kumar, state BJP vice-president. The party therefore is taking out the Raitha Chaitanya Yatra in the state to foster public opinion on this vital issue and also get the state government to come up with workable action plan to address the issue, he said.
The yatra will traverse through Udupi, Dakshina Kannada and Kodagu districts on September 11 and 12, Sunil told party workers at the divisional level meeting held at the BJP office here on Monday. Exhorting the party workers to contribute to the success of the yatra, Sunil said public meetings will be held at Udupi, B C Road and Somwarpet as part of the yatra. Farmers are also suffering in that nearly 115 taluks in the state are facing a drought like situation.
Referring to issue of BPL cards, Sunil said there are many families across the state who are residing in dwelling units on revenue land without door numbers. Noting that these families have BPL cards, Sunil said government is planning to cancel their BPL cards. Rather than address such pressing issues, government already besieged by lottery, cricket betting scams and irregularities in government hostels is wasting time blaming the Centre for all its woes, he said.
Pratap Simha Nayak, president of Dakshina Kannada district unit of BJP welcomed the gathering. Ravi Kalappa, general secretary, Kodagu district unit of the party proposed vote of thanks. Nalin Kumar Kateel, Dakshina Kannada MP and division in-charge, Sulochana G K Bhat, state vice-president, Shyamala Kunder, secretary, Monappa Bhandary, former MLC, Appachu Ranjan, MLA, and office bearers of DK, Udupi and Kodagu district units of the party were present.