Farmers warn 'Jail Bharo' on Oct 17

Farmers of the district, who have been staging an indefinite protest for the past four days against illegal mining activities and demanding the release of water from Krishnaraja Sagar (KRS) and Hemavathy reservoirs for summer crops, warned the government of staging a ‘Jail Bharo’ protest if their demands are not met.

Addressing the agitators here on Friday, Raitha Sangha vice president Konasale Narasaraju said that the government is neglecting farmers. “If it fails to respond to the protest, it would become inevitable to stage a ‘Jail Bharo’ on October 17,” he said.

Pointing out that drought and insufficient rains are due to illegal mining activities, he said the district in-charge minister should convene a meeting and release water to all the canals under KRS and Hemavathy limits to enable farmers to take up cultivation of crops.

The government has failed to distribute drought compensation. As the compensation amount is not reaching farmers, they are anxious. The authorities concerned should take necessary measures, he said.

Later, the agitators submitted a memorandum at the DC’s office.

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