: The former Chief Minister and working president of the Janata Dal (Secular), H.D.Kumaraswamy, said his party would waive all loans availed by farmers within 48 hours if the JD(S) comes to power in the coming elections.

Addressing party workers in Harapanahalli on Tuesday, Mr. Kumaraswamy said the JD(S) had decided to give a subsidy of Rs. 3,000 per tonne of fertilizer and claimed that the JD(S) would launch schemes to help farmers become stronger economically and get a fair price for their produce.


Farmers were migrating to urban areas owing to the absence of proper facilities and were unable to continue in agriculture because of the ill-conceived schemes of the government, he said, adding that the JD(S) would help farmers settle their debts and become economically stronger by getting a better price for their crops.

Youth power

Similarly the JD(S) has plans to make use of the youth in the State, Mr. Kumaraswamy said and noted that manpower was being wasted owing to limited employment opportunities.

He said the JD(S) planned to provide jobs to all educated unemployed youth and appealed to the people to support the JD(S) in the forthcoming elections to help the party realise its ambitious scheme for the welfare of farmers, youth, the disabled and aged persons.

Mr. Kumaraswamy said the JD(S) had decided to give Rs. 5,000 to all pregnant women from the fifth month of pregnancy till three months after delivery so that they could get proper nourishment during pregnancy. Pension for the aged would be enhanced to Rs. 1500 per month, he said, and added that the party had evolved over 36 welfare schemes.

Industrial promotion

Mr. Kumaraswamy criticised the Congress-led UPA government and said that the government withdrew the subsidy on fertilizer and LPG domestic cylinders but gave subsidy to giant industries.

Basanagouda Patil Yatnal, former Union Minister; T. Dasakariyappa, president of the district unit of the JD(S); B.M. Sathish, working president of the district unit; and Kallerudresh, Hodigere Ramesh, and Amanulla Khan were present.

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