A team of 14 government officials from Latin America, Asia and African countries visited the Sahakara Rural Development Academy (SAHARDA) here on Friday to learn about cooperative institutions. The team has been touring various regions in India and interacting with farmers, cooperative leaders and government officials, which is being coordinated by the Hyderabad-based National Institute of Rural Development. Ujjwal Kumar Ghosh, chief executive officer of the zilla panchayat, acquainted the team with the development programmes of Union and State governments. Gurupadappa Nagamarapalli, MLA and chairman of the District Central Cooperative Bank, Subrahmanya Prabhu, director, SAHARDA, and others were present.

Demand to hike minimum wages

The Centre of Indian Trade Unions (CITU) on Friday staged a dharna outside the Deputy Commissioner’s office here, seeking fulfilment of various demands, including increase in minimum wages to Rs. 10,000 a month for all workers. Hundreds of workers attached to various trade unions affiliated to the CITU took out a rally and submitted a memorandum addressed to the Chief Minister, through the Deputy Commissioner. Their other demands include regularisation of workers who have completed 10 years as contract labourers, implementation of all labour laws, distribution of ration to all poor families, providing Rs. 100-crore aid to the unorganised workers welfare board, and revival of Mysore Petrochemicals Ltd.