BJP demands immediate relief of Rs 1,000 crore for farmers

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Bangalore, Apr 1 (UNI)The BJP in Karnataka today demanded the Centre to announce an immediate relief of Rs 1,000 crore for farmers, who have suffered widespread losses due to the unseasonal rains in the last 15 days.

A BJP delegation, led by state unit President Sadananda Gowda, submitted a memorandum to Governor Rameshwar Thakur, highlighting the destruction caused by unseasonal rains in many parts of the state.

Later, talking to newspersons at the Raj Bhavan, BJP General Secretary H N Ananta Kumar said, according to official sources 24 people had lost their lives in the rain-related incidents, while Rs 500 crore worth crops, mainly horticultural and plantation, had been destroyed.

''It is unfortunate that the Centre has remained unconcerned and not bothered to send a team to study the losses,'' he said.

''When rain caused damages in Mumbai last year, the Prime Minister had announced a relief of Rs 500 crore. Similarly, the Centre should announce an immediate relief of Rs 1,000 crore to help the rain battered farmers in Tamil Nadu also. We also demanded for a Central team to review the situation immediately,'' he said.

He said deaths and crop losses were reported from Dakshina Kannada, Udupi, Kodagu, Bijapur, Bagalkot, Dharwad, Kolar and Bangalore districts.

The Governor had told the delegation that so far Rs 70 crore had been spent by the state Government for relief works, Mr Kumar added.

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