Benagaluru June 2 : Chief Minister B.S.Yediyurappa has directed officials to take disciplinary actions against 150 absentee staff of HOPCOMs.
He was speaking at the review meeting of Agriculture, Horticulture and Sericulture departments.
Out of 550 HOPCOM Shops in the State, only 250 shops are working, he said and instructed to take strict disciplinary action against those who are not opening the shops.
Most of the districts in the State has received good rainfall and there is no drinking water problem. Permission should not be granted to drill new borewells, the Chief Minister said. The situation can be reviewed a month later, he added.
The Chief Minister directed officials to cancel all deputations in agriculture and horticulture departments.
Since additional sowing seeds was purchased and distributed in the last year, the farmers are demanding for additional seeds this year too. During the covid lockdown period, the department has established State Food Chain Management Cell and Agri War room. Grievances regarding availability of equipment, sale of produces and transport has been resolved, said B C Patil, Minister for Agriculture.
He also informed that the scientists have assured that Karnataka will not be affected by swarm of locusts.
The Chief Minister directed the officials to reclaim the encroached government lands after the drone survey with regard to mulberry plantation area is completed.
The Chief Minister released Rs.666 crore of relief amount to maize and flower growers through online. He had a telephonic conversation with the farmer and got confirmation on the payment.
K.C.Narayan Gowda, Minister for Horticulture and Sericulture , T.M. Vijaya Bhaskar, Chief Secretary to Government, ISN Prasad, Additional Chief Secretary, Finance, Vandita Sharma, Development Commissioner, Rajendra Kumar Kataria, Principal Secretary, Agriculture, Horticulture and Sericulture were present.