Arecanut package to be extended

The Koppa taluk development programmes review meeting on Friday, decided to extend the areca rejuvenation programme under the National Horticulture Mission to all the yellow leaf disease affected farmers in the taluk.

It was also decided to deposit money to the bank accounts of the farmers, without any prelaid conditions on the lines of Suvarna Bhoomi Yojane of the State government.
In the meeting which was presided over by MLA D N Jeevaraj, voices were raised against the absurd conditions that have been laid for the implementation of rejuvenation scheme.

Addressing the meeting, the MLA said that the State government should not lay any conditions for implementing the programmes under NHM. The meeting resolution would be sent to MP Jayaprakash Hegde and a request will be put forward to NHM asking to cancel the terms and conditions.

The State government will urge the Central government to implement Gorak Singh report and release Rs 1400 crore as special package to distribute compensation among the arecanut farmers, said the MLA.

He raised objection over the method used for selecting the beneficiaries for mechanised farming scheme by the Agriculture Department. Meanwhile, he insisted upon re accepting 157 applications submitted by Krishi Savayava Parivara under Suvarna Bhoomi scheme and informed that the cost of the transportation of fertilisers will be borne by the Agriculture Department.

The functioning of Mescom was under scanner at the meeting. Responding to the complaint, Jeevaraj warned of penalising the Department under Sakaala for not supplying electricity to Balaga in Narasipur village for the last three months. Taking a dig on the Taluk Medical Officer for the poor maintenance of the hospital, the MLA said that there is a need to convene a meeting to discuss over the issue.

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