K'taka Congressmen urges PM to step up fertiliser supplies

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New Delhi, Jul 6 (UNI) A delegation of senior Congressmen, led by Karnataka Pradesh Congress Committee president M Mallikarjuna Kharge, today called on Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, seeking the Centre's help to overcome burning problems, particularly a fertiliser shortage, in the state.

The Congress, which did not join the all-party delegation led by Chief Minister B S Yeddyurappa, last week chose to take its own delegation to apprise the PM and other Central leaders of the problems faced by people and sought their intervention.

The delegation informed the PM about the need to increase the quantum of supply of fertilisers, both DAP as well as Complex, in view of the inefficient handling of fertilisers by the BJP Government in the state.

The supplies, the delegation alleged, was stocked by the middlemen , creating a shortage in the state. There was an urgent need to adopt tough measures against the hoarding the stocks to relieve the farming community of inconvenience.

However, Dr Singh told the delegation that he had already assured the CM that he would help the state by increasing the quantum of fertiliser supplies when the CM met him last, delegation sources said.

The leaders also urged the PM to amend the Article 371 of the Constitution on the lines of changes accorded to the Telangana region in Andhra Pradesh, providing the area with regional reservations in education and employment.

The leaders also requested the PM to give directions to the Ministry of Water Resources to vacate the stay on the 7.58 tmc Kalasa Banduri drinking water diversion project of Mahadai river following objections from Goa.

The PM assured the delegation that he would call the people concerned and issued appropriate directions.

Former state Chief Minister N Dharam Singh, former Deputy Chief Minister M P Prakash, senior Congress leaders H C Srikantainah, D B Chandregowda and Union Minister for Labour Oscar Fernandes and Minister of State for Surface Transport K H Muniappa were among those present in the meeting.

The leaders will also meet Union Home Minister Shivraj Patil and Minister of State for Prime Minister's Office Prithviraj Chauhan.

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