Staff Correspondent

Two-day training camp for NSUI office-bearers begins

  • `Give positions to students at various levels in the party'
  • `Make use of youth power to build a strong nation'

    DAVANGERE: S.S. Mallikarjun, president of Davangere district unit of the Congress urged students to stay away from communal forces and join and support the National Students Union of India (NSUI) to build a strong nation. The Congress and its affiliated organisations would not allow such forces to divide the country on the basis of caste and community, he said.

    He was inaugurating the two-day training camp for office-bearers of the NSUI here on Wednesday. Mr. Mallikarjun said that while the Congress had been struggling to inculcate Gandhism in people and bring in a feeling of oneness, a few communal forces had been sowing the seeds of caste and community for political gains.

    G. Parameshwar, member of the All India Congress Committee, urged the coalition Government to allocate 20 per cent of the budget for education, as education was the only solution to social and economic problems faced by the country.

    Human resources

    He said that India had strong human resources but the country had failed to utilise it. He called upon Deputy Chief Minister B.S. Yediyurappa to stress on education in the Budget instead of focussing on programmes such as the Bhagyalakshmi Scheme and seed subsidy.

    B.K. Chandrashekar, former Minister, said that students should not be used just for putting up banners, posters and to raise slogans but should be given positions at various levels in the party. Giving responsibility to students would develop their leadership skills, he said. Krishna Byregowda, MLA, said it was high time governments made use of the youth power in the country to build a strong nation.

    Cauvery issue

    Mr. Parameshwar also criticised the Government for not taking a decision on whether to submit a review petition before the Cauvery Water Disputes Tribunal or to appeal to the Union Government to set up a new tribunal.

    Dinesh Gundu Rao, Youth Congress leader, spoke. Srinivas, president of the State unit of the NSUI welcomed the gathering.