Kumaraswamy criticized for abandoning drought and visit to the foreign trip
In an argument against the Chief Minister H.D. Kumaraswamy’s U.S. trip and Union Government’s release of insufficient funds to drought relief, the Communist Party of India (CPI) has stated the both the Union and State government were demonstration no interest in talking the drought issue over the state.
CPI secretary of State Saathi Sundaresh, expressing that “irresponsible” governments had left drought relief work to the bureaucracy.
“As per an official survey report, 156 taluks are reeling under severe drought. Villages are facing serious drinking water and fodder crisis. Unable to find work in their neighboorhood, agriculture labor and farmers with small landholdings are migrating to cities in search of livelihood opinions,” he said.
“Neither the State government nor the Union government is serious about tackling the situation. A team of Union government officers, after visiting the drought-hit area in the State, estimated drought-driven crop loss at Rs 30,000 crore. But Union government has released only Rs 950 crore for drought relief work,” he said. He hit out at Mr. Kumaraswamy for planning a private foreign tour “leaving the drought issue to the mercy of the bureaucratic apparatus.”
“All fodder banks and Goshalas opened by the government were closed even when people need them as drought continues. If you ask the authorities, they say that they had simply followed a government order which asked them to open Goshalas for a specific time period. The closure of these drought relief establishments has further pushed the rural masses into a deep crisis. This is what happens when a Chief Minister goes on a private foreign tour leaving important tasks such as drought the bureaucracy,” he said.
He also said that Congress and the Janata Dal (Secular) leaders are busy protecting their coalition government from collapsing and did not have much time and energy for addressing people’s problems. Execution of the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme, Mr. Sundaresh said that wages not paid to workers in most of the places.
“When drought hits, it is the job scheme that gives some relief to rural labor. In many places, wages were not paid to workers even after several months. The Union government has not released Rs 1,500 crore due to the State for paying MGNREGA wages. In other places, technical glitches in the thumb impression reading machines have prevented the authorities from paying wages. The State has elected 25 Lok Sabha members from the State, and none is speaking in Parliament seeking the Centre’s help in addressing drought in the State,” he said.
Mr. Sundaresh also expressed that his party has planned to have a decentralized irritation over the State on July 15 criticizing the State’s apathy towards drought. K.S. Janardhan, Bhimashankar Madiyal, Maula Mulla, Prabhudev Yalasaangi, H.M. Santhosh and other party leaders were attended.