Private banks are harassing farmers, says Puttannaiah

Protest against banks in Bengaluru on June 14

Karnataka Rajya Raitha Sangha (KRRS) leader and Melkote MLA K S Puttanaiah on Friday took exception to the harassment of farmers by private banks.

Addressing reporters here, Puttanaiah said a private bank, which had advanced a loan of Rs 3.3 crore to Aradhya, a farmer in Ramnagaram district, has harassed him by destroying his farmhouse and auctioned his seven-acre farmland worth Rs 13 crore through e-procurement process when he delayed repayment of a part of the loan amount. Aaradhya had cleared a maximum amount, the MLA claimed.

‘Inhuman’
He claimed that the bank behaved with the farmer in an inhuman way though the deputy commissioner had asked the bank authorities not to take any action against the farmer.The bank did not serve any prior notice before the auction and a police complaint has been registered in this regard, he added.

Protest
The MLA said the state and the Central governments have failed to protect the farmers. The KRRS will stage a protest against the bank and the government in Bengaluru on June 14, he stated.

Puttanniah said Chief Minister Siddaramaiah had said that the production of foodgrains in the state has declined by 15,000 tonnes, but he has not bothered to safeguard the farmers’ interest.

This year, the state will face 70 per cent sugarcane shortage as many farmers lost the crops.

Due to negligence in agriculture, the state will suffer huge economic loss. Though the farmers in Mandya district have been staging a protest against the government since one month, no people’s representative has visited them, he criticised.

Programmes to farmers
The KRRS has organised a thinkers’ meet on July 9 and 10 at Hubballi to chalk out various programmes and to plan future agitations for the welfare of farmers.

Nearly 200 pro-farmers thinkers, like writer
Devanur Mahadeva, Swaraj Abhiyan leaders Prashant Bhushan and Yogendra Yadav, social activist S R Hiremath and others, will participate in the meet.

The forum is also organising a two-day study camp for farmers at Sri Adichunchanagiri Mutt in Mandya district on June 6 and 7. In the programme, two people xxfrom every village in the State will be nominated for the forum, he said.

IPL matches
Puttanaiah said IPL matches are stealing the wealth of farmers. Without naming a farmer from Cheluveerasina Koppal in Mandya district, the MLA said the farmer has lost Rs 78 lakh due to gambling.

KRRS general secretary Badagalpur Nagendra and women’s wing president Netravathi were present on the occasion.

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