`Todays policies are detrimental to farmers' interests'
SHIMOGA: The State General Secretary of the Karnataka Rajya Raitha Sangha (M.D. Nanjundaswamy group) K.T. Gangadhar said here on Tuesday that the style of the farmers' movement should undergo transformation to meet the demands of the changing situtation.
He was speaking at a function jointly organised by the sangha and Hasiru Sene (the youth wing of the Karnataka Rajya Raitha Sangha) to observe the 71st birthday of late M.D. Nanjundaswamy, founding secretary of the Karnataka Rajya Raitha Sangha.
The challenges that prompted the farmers' movement in the early eighties were quite different from the present in view of the changed global scenario, said Mr. Gangadhar.
He pointed out that the agricultural policies being formulated owing to global compulsions were quite detrimental to farmers interests. He cautioned that there was a systematic conspiracy by big multinational companies to take over the agricultural land making the future of Indian farmers bleak. It could not have been possible without the support of the Government, he said. He asked the farmers not to be carried away by false assurances being given by the Government. He however spoke in support of the proposed move by the coalition Government to waive the agricultural loans. President of the district unit of the Karnataka Rajya Raitha Sangha T.M. Chandrappa presided over the function. Mr. Gangadhar released the book on Nanjundaswamy written by Veerabhadrappa Bislalli. Arabilachi Srinivas welcomed the gathering. H.V. Annachar proposed a vote of thanks.