‘Education is the only tool for economic, social development'

The State-level Banjara convention held in Hubli on Sunday had all the speakers stressing on the need to educate children of the Banjara community.

All the speakers, including the former Chief Ministers B.S. Yeddyurappa and H.D. Kumaraswamy and the former Minister Basavaraj Horatti underlined the significance of education. They said that unless the members of the Banjara community got their children, especially girls, educated it would be difficult for them to achieve economic and social development.

Mr. Yeddyurappa said his Government had established Banjara Development Corporation with an allocation of Rs. 140 crore. “You should vow to send your daughters to the school. Education is the only tool for economic and social development”, he said.

Rural Development and Panchayat Raj Minister Jagadish Shettar called on the community members to benefit from government schemes. He also elaborated on how his party had identified the leaders of community and made one of their leaders, Revu Naik Belamagi, a minister in the State Government.

The former Minister Basavaraj Horatti said if girls are educated, they will be able to bring about a positive change in society.

Mr. Kumaraswamy elaborated on the reasons for the economical and social backwardness of the Banjara community.

He said that if the community people remained united, all political parties would address their issues. But he cautioned them against getting duped by false promises and statements.

Mr. Kumaraswamy said that building Banjara Bhavan was no solution to the backwardness of the community. The Banjara Development Corporation should be given adequate funds to implement programmes for the welfare and uplift of the community, he added.

Animal Husbandry Minister Revu Naik Belamagi, the former Minister H.K. Patil, the former MLC Jalaja Naik, and president of the Akhila Karnataka Kshatriya Mahasabha Srihari Khode spoke. Ramrao Maharaj of Pouradevi in Maharashtra considered as the sole religious head for the community across the country,was presented a ‘golden crown'.Virabhadrappa Halaharavi, MLA, was present.

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