A demonstration, under the banner of Bellary District Backward Classes Federation, was staged at Hospet on Saturday in protest against several nationalised banks allegedly refusing to disburse education loans. Y. Yamunesh, president of the federation, said in a memorandum submitted to tahsildar that banks rejecting education loan applications of students was a matter of concern, that too at a time when the process of allotment of seats in professional colleges had already commenced. He urged the tahsildar to convene a meeting of bankers and ensure that eligible meritorious students and those from economically weaker section were given education loans.

— Staff Correspondent