Mangaluru: September 24, 2015: Dakshina Kannada district unit of Karnataka Rajya Raitha Sangha will block NH at BC Road on September 30 to press for an 11-point charter of demands. The sangha has decided to get on to agitation mode following a call given by Coordination Committee of Indian Farmers Organisation, KRRS, Haseeru Sene, state unit and is aimed at drawing the attention of both the state and the central governments to various issues that farmers are facing.
Ravikiran Punacha, president of district unit of KRRS told reporters here on Thursday that both govenrments have failed miserably in addressing farmers’ issues. The September 30 agitation is a nationwide move to get the government to respond to the issues, he said, adding the farmers have obtained mike permission from jurisdictional police station for their agitation. "We are allowed to block the NH for maximum of 55 minutes and we will do so on the day," he said.
The issues that the farmers intend to flag through their agitation include suitable steps be taken to address farmers’ suicides, seeking full waiver of all loans availed by farmers and formulation of new policy for repayment of agriculture loans. A commission has to be set up that will ensure minimum monthly income of Rs 15000 to farmers, he said adding efforts should be made at the government level to keep agriculture produce from the purview of WTO.
Stressing on the need for scientific remuneration of prices for agricultural produce, Ravikiran said the farmers will also press for permanent irrigation facility for Dakshina Kannada before the Yettinahole project can be implemented. Government must stop import of natural rubber, he said. Likewise any plans to restart the ultra-mega power project at Niddodi too must be shelved in the larger interests of people of the district. Suresh Bhat K, general secretary was present.