Mysore, Oct 20: The Karnataka Rajya Raitha Sangha (KRRS) has set October 31 as deadline for the State Government to fulfil its long-pending demands.
It has threatened to launch a State-wide agitation if immediate steps are not taken to meet its demands.
Addressing presspersons here on Saturday, Oct 18 president of the raitha sangha K S Puttannaiah said that the State committee of the raitha sangha would meet on November 1 and take a decision on the action to be taken.
The Government had promised to fulfil the demands of farmers after Dasara when the sangha threatened to block Bangalore-Mysore highway on October 6, the president of the raitha sangha said.
Onion and potato growers were in distress owing to the failure of crops. The Government was yet to announce a minimum price for sugarcane, Mr. Puttannaiah said.
He alleged that farmers were being harassed by the police by registering false cases against them.
The Government, which was keen on withdrawing the cases registered against the activists of the Sangha Parivar, was not showing same concern to farmers, Mr. Puttannaiah charged.
Dairy farmers in the State were incurring a loss of Rs. 35 lakh a month because of the controversy over the move to increase the prices of milk. The milk producers" unions and the Government should sort out the issue, he said.
Expressing apprehension over the safety of the Krishna Raja Sagar reservoir because of unauthorised stone quarrying at Cauverypura near the reservoir, Mr. Puttannaiah appealed to the State Government to set up a committee of experts to look into the complaints in this regard.
He said that a membership drive would be launched across the State to strengthen the raitha sangha.
'It has been decided to enrol at least 5,000 farmers in 100 constituencies across the State. The target is to register at least 10 lakh farmers by January end," Mr. Puttannaiah said. On the recent split in the raitha sangha and announcement of a faction by Suresh Babu Patel in Davangere, Mr. Puttannaiah said that the leaders, who had called for its unification, were attempting to breaking it again.
Efforts were on to sort out the differences within the raitha sangha, Mr. Puttannaiah said.