KARNATAKA

‘Freedom is of no relevance to the poor’

Special Correspondent

SHIMOGA: State convener of the Aharada Annakkagi Andolana K.B. Roopa Naik said here on Monday that freedom was of no relevance to the poor despite 60 years of Independence. She said that they continued to struggle for basic requirements such as food and housing.

Resources

Presiding over a function organised to overview the implementation of the National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme (NREGS), she regretted that only information technology and biotechnology companies had achieved freedom, considering the fact that they had benefited from a substantial amount of the State’s resources. Out of 443 multinational companies functioning in the country, as many as 43 were in Karnataka, cornering most of the natural resources to further their interests, she said and added that the NREG Scheme had already been implemented in five districts in the State while six more would be covered this year, including Shimoga.

A boon

She said the scheme had come as a boon to the rural unemployed, as it intended to provide at least 100 days of employment in a year to deserving families. President of the zilla panchayat Chandrakumar was present.

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