Staff Correspondent

`Education will help people become economically sound'

  • Villagers asked to make best use of welfare programmes
  • Demand to release water to Dananayakana Kere

    HAGARI BOMMANAHALLI (BELLARY DISTRICT): Reservation is not the only solution for uplifting the backward communities socially and economically. It is the responsibility of the Government to chalk out suitable programmes to uplift the backward communities, said Chief Minister H.D. Kumaraswamy.

    He was addressing a State-level conference of the Uppar community and the celebrations of seventh coronation anniversary of Sri Purushotamanand Puri Swami of Bhagirat Peetha, Hosadurga in Chitradurga district here on Wednesday. Mr. Kumaraswamy was of the view that instead of extending a reservation tag to the backward communities the Government should provide proper education and come out with programmes that help the families earn and become self-reliant. "Our Government's efforts are in this direction," he said.

    Expressing concern over the ongoing community-based politics, Mr. Kumaraswamy said that the country had no bright future and would not prosper until it was shunned. He said he was keen on participating in efforts that would help develop the backward communities.

    He said his Government would not go back on the proposed waiver of farm loans. To start with the cooperative loans and interest would be waived. "This will reflect in our current year's budget, which will be pro-people and pro-farmer," he said.

    Mr. Kumaraswamy said the Government had come out with novel schemes including Suvarna Gramodaya and houses for all and wanted the officials to implement them with sincerity. He appealed to the members of the gram panchayat to make best use of welfare programmes announced by the Government.

    Home Minister M.P. Prakash, who was among the chief guests, appealed to Mr. Kumaraswamy to get permission from the Tungabhadra Board to release water to Dananayakana Kere which will help in irrigation of parch lands in the taluk.

    Sri Shivapuri Swami and Purushotamanand Swami also spoke on the occasion. Neeravari, president of the State unit of the Uppar community, welcomed the gathering.