‘Sammelan failed to raise vital issues such as farm suicides'
State president of the Karnataka Rajya Raitha Sangha (KRRS) K.S. Puttannaiah has expressed dismay over what he described as the neglect of farmers' problems at the recent Akhila Bharata Kannada Sahitya Sammelan in Bangalore.
Speaking after inaugurating the valedictory of sports and cultural programmes and the National Service Scheme (NSS) unit at the Government Boys' PU College here on Thursday, he said that nearly seven lakh farmers in the country, and about 40,000 in the State, had committed suicide.
“Such a vital issue was not raised at the sammelan in which several progressive writers participated,” he said.
He urged the Government to introduce a special subject on agriculture in schools and colleges, since agriculture was the backbone of the country. “Students should know about some stark realities of the agricultural sector.
Even though certain industries like sugar are flourishing, sugarcane growers who feed them with the main ingredient are in distress,” he said. The Government had failed to utilise natural resources such as water properly. Of the 4,000 tmcft of water available, the State was only utilising 1,500 tmcft. About 105 tmcft of water would be sufficient to meet the drinking water needs of the entire State whereas a large number of people still did not have access to it. S.K. Basavarajan, MLA, and J. Yadav Reddy, principal of the college, were present.