Mangaluru, Aug 13, 2015: At a meeting convened by the DK DC Aug 12, to discuss farmers’ problems, the members of the Karnataka Rajya Raitha Sangha and Hasiru Sene as well as other farmers complained that the rescheduling of the due dates of loan repayment was just a gimmick on the farmers. They demanded that the time period be extended till March 2016. Farmer leaders urged the deputy commissioner to send a resolution to the State government requesting the chief minister to withdraw cases lodged by banks against farmers.
The lead bank manager said that no case has been registered against farmers after the rescheduling. The legal notices received by farmers were related to those that had been filed before the rescheduling. He also advised the farmers seeking rescheduling to submit letters to the banks in this regard.
Sangha state secretary Kumara Subrahmanya Shastri said that several banks, including cooperative banks, had been issuing auction notices in newspapers, along with photographs of the defaulter farmers, for an amount lesser than Rs five lakh. Also, some bank managers were collecting signatures on blank sheets of paper from farmers availing loans.
DK DC Adoor B Ibrahim directed the Cooperative Society Deputy Registrar P K Salim not to issue such notices. Additional Superintendent of Police Shanthakumar told farmers to register complaints on such instances, so that action may be taken within legal ambit.
The farmers, in turn, further urged the lead bank manager and Cooperative Society deputy registrar to inform the farmers on the extension procedures. They also requested the DC to take measures towards conducting taluk-level meetings on the related topic.
Balasubramanya from Belthangadi urged the State government to procure rice under the Anna Bhagya scheme from local farmers, and not from Jharkhand. He said that the government should implement a policy to provide good prices for agricultural products. Agriculturist Dhanakeerthi Balipa and Sangha district secretary Manohar Shetty concurred on the need to implement a scientific rate policy for agricultural products.
Shetty reminded that the proposed mini hydel power project and elevation of Thumbay dam level has endangered the farmers as a large number of agricultural land will be inundated.
The DK DC clarified that during the last one and a half years, no permission had been given for hydel power projects and that there is no proposal to raise the level of the dam beyond four metres. Zilla Panchayat Deputy Secretary N R Umesh was present among others.