Schoolchildren raised many burning issues, including drinking water crisis, dispute over sharing of Cauvery water, crop loss compensation to farmers during the Yuva Samsad here.
The programme, a joint initiative of the Departments of Public Instruction and Law and Parliamentary Affairs, was held here on Friday.
Yuva Samsad aims to make students familiar with the legislature set up and conduct of business in the House.
As many as 48 high school students from different schools in the district formed the ‘house’. As in the case of the present BJP government in Karnataka, the government represented by the students also had two deputy chief ministers.
Interestingly, girls (35) were more in number than boys (13). All important positions including the ‘speaker’, ‘chief minister’, ‘deputy chief minister’ and ‘leader of the opposition’ were held by girls.
The session began with the house paying homage to sitar maestro Pandit Ravishankar.
During the question hour, members from the opposition benches raised issues related to delay in providing farmers with compensation for crop loss, launching controversial Gundia power project and Cauvery river dispute.
Zilla panchayat member Dyavappa M.K. inaugurated the Yuva Samsad. He said such programmes were necessary to inculcate interest about parliamentary democracy among schoolchildren.