Mysuru: MP Prathap Simha inaugurated the ‘Raitha Chaithanya Yathre’ an awareness campaign vehicle, intending to inform farmers about the union governments farmer friendly policies here on Friday. The campaign was organised by former MLA S A Ramadas to create awareness through distributing pamphlets, also inviting farmers community to attend the valedictory function of ‘Raitha Chaithanya Yathre’ that is to be held at the JK Ground on September 13, where BJP national president Amit Shah is likely to address them, for the first time in Mysuru.
Speaking after kick starting the rally, MP Prathap Simha said that farmers suicides are the highest in the Mysuru region and Haveri in North Karnataka, and it is a matter of concern. The Prime Minister Narendra Modi led NDA government has initiated several farmer friendly policies and ‘Raitha Chaithanya Yathre’ is intended to reach out to the farmers and provide these benefits. “The central government increased crop compensation upto 50 percent, and also increased drought compensation. We need to conduct more awareness programmes to boost confidence among farmers”, he said.
Offering a new initiative to boost confidence among farmers, former MLA S A Ramadas, assured that the party volunteers will select 100 farmers during ‘Raitha Chaithanya Yathre’, and cultivate suitable crops in their half acre land free of cost. “We have planned to educate farmers on marketing their produce during the rally. This initiative will boost confidence more than any other plan”, he assured.
Responding to media over issues regarding former CM Yeddyurappa’s photo being absent from the Raitha Chaithanya Yathre banner used during the visit of BJP leader and Union Law Minister, Sadananda Gowda, to the BJP party office in Mysuru on Thursday, MP Prathap Simha, said that it occurred by mistake and was not deliberate.
BJP supporters stop man from speaking to media
Meanwhile, former MLA S A Ramadas’s supporters disrupted an aged man P Narasimha Swamy, a civil contractor from speaking to media about the MLA’s involvement in the illegal sand business. He tried to bring the issue to the notice of Mysore-Kodagu MP Prathap Simha that scarcity of sand and it is expensiveness, has directly affected poor familes who want to construct their own houses. It has also created unemployment among construction labor.
After MP Prathap Simha left the spot after hearing the grievances of P Narasimha Swamy, party workers physically prevented Narasimha Swamy from speaking to the media. A gang of youth surrounded the elderly man and pulled and dragged him to keep him away from the media. Despite that, he alleged that sand scarcity increased after S A Ramadas came to power.
However, the police reached the spot and calmed the situation.