Congress seeks probe into organic farming mission


Addressing a news conference, DCC spokesperson A N Mahesh  said that government had started organic farming mission with an aim of improving the fertility of the soil and to motivate farmers to take up organic farming. Voluntary organisations were asked to take up organic farming. It is found that in the pretext of implementation of the project, the public money is being misused.

He said that a sum of Rs 175 crore has been released to the state. Last year Rs 2.45 lakh was released to each taluk while this year Rs 10 lakh has been released.
He alleged that in the month of March, 176 bond papers were bought and names of most of the voluntary organisations were enrolled under the project. Surprisingly, the Presidents of all of these organisations are BJP workers.
He informed that a person from Chikmagalur has been appointed as the president of a voluntary organisation in Mudigere. Further, the beneficiaries under the project are economically sound.

State Organic Farming Trust was registered in January and taluks are contributing a sum of Rs 60,000 to this state federation, he said and added that the project has not maintained any transparency and all the criteria for getting funds have been brushed aside.

He questioned why voluntary organisations have to implement the project and why not Agriculture Department itself.

He informed that the protest against state government which was scheduled to be held on October 2 has been postponed to October 7.
He said that State government has organised a talk by Gujarat CM Narendra Modi for ministers with an aim of sowing seeds of communalism.
Congress District Secretary S Pete Satish, Town President Sridhar Ural and others were present.

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