The Karnataka State Government Employees' Association (KSGEA) on Friday felicitated 34 farmers who received the “Krishi Pandit” and “Krishi” Awards in 2008-09, at the Banquet Hall of the State Secretariat.
Minister for Home and Transport R. Ashok and Minister for Agriculture Umesh Katti felicitated the “progressive” farmers, who have adopted innovative farming methods, better water management methods and growing high yielding variety of crops.
Mr. Katti said the Government had decided to hold a Global Investors' Meet in agri-business in June to attract investment in the farm sector.
For the first time, Chief Minister B.S. Yeddyurappa had decided to bring out a separate booklet on agricultural during his presentation of the State Budget on February 24.
Welfare of farmers was a priority and several schemes would be announced in the budget, he said.
Earlier speaking to presspersons, Mr. Katti said a decision had been taken to adopt for one year farmlands of 1.5 lakh Scheduled Caste and Scheduled Tribe families, who owned less than one hectare.
The Government would adopt lands and develop them in a year, he added.
Mr. Ashok said that several demands of government employees had been met over the years. The retirement age of employees had been raised from 58 to 60 years. A decision would be taken soon on implementation of pay scales of the Sixth Pay Commission, he added.
Mr. Ashok and Mr. Katti release two books written by Thotanahalli G. Chowdaiah.
KSGEA president L. Byrappa submitted a memorandum to Mr. Ashok and appealed to the Government to concede the demands of over six lakh employees. Officials of the Agriculture Department were present.