Providing jobs to the rural population may address the problem of malnutrition and anaemia to an extent, according to State secretary of the Democratic Youth Federation of India B. Rajashekar Murthy.

At a district-level DYFI convention here on Sunday, he said that 47.8 per cent of women and girls in rural areas were anaemic and the issue could be addressed by empowering the rural population economically by providing them jobs.

Mr. Murthy said that there were 48 lakh agricultural labour families in the State.

But the State government, instead of strengthening the agricultural sector, was planning to privatise the sector by implementing several schemes under the public-private partnership model, he alleged.

He said that Chief Minister Siddaramaiah’s budget would only help privatise the fisheries, sericulture and horticulture sectors.

Writer K. Dorairaju, DYFI district president N.K. Subramanya and district secretary S. Raghavendra were present.

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