State gets 54k tons urea from Centre

Heavy rain, floods hinder supplies reaching districts


Replying on the issue raised by Opposition leader Siddaramaiah, the Minister said though the State has received 54,000 tones, it could not transport the consignment to districts due to heavy rains and floods. As a result, there was delay in stocks reaching Davanagere and Haveri districts where farmers protested recently, he added.

The stocks should be transported from Mangalore port through railway wagons. In many places, railway platforms were not available to unload the stock, he said, adding that steps are now being taken to transport all stock.

Ravindranath also said the Centre has sanctioned adequate stock to the State.

Earlier, Siddaramaiah alleged that the State is blaming the Centre on fertiliser shortage in order to cover up its failures.

“Only 50 per cent sowing has been done so far against the normal coverage, and only 11 districts have received good rains. Still, the State government is claiming that there is fertiliser shortage, which is not true,” he charged.

Not convinced with the Minister’s reply, both opposition parties, the Congress and the JD(S), staged a walk out.

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