KARNATAKA

Programme of recharging borewells inaugurated

CHITRADURGA, OCT. 7. N. Narasa Reddy, chairman of the Chitradurga Grameena Bank, has urged the people to take up the cause of conservation of water and recharging the water-table in the district to prevent water scarcity.

He inaugurated a programme of recharging borewells at Rawalakunte near B.G. Kere in Molakalmuru taluk on Wednesday.

Mr. Reddy said that the district might have to undergo severe water scarcity if the issue was not addressed as soon as possible.

The bank was advancing loans to farmers to adopt rainwater harvesting and conserve water.

He said that many farmers had come forward to adopt the techniques in their fields and had applied for the loans.

S. Devarajaiah, district information officer, released a compact disk containing information on rainwater harvesting techniques and a short documentary film made by N.J. Devaraja Reddy, expert in rainwater harvesting.

Raveendrappa, zonal manager of the bank, and Veerabhadrappa, progressive farmer of the village, spoke on the occasion.

R. Manjunath, former president of PSD Bank, presided over the function.

Shivashankar Shetty, manager of the B.G. Kere branch, welcomed the gathering.

S. Thippeswamy, technical assistant, proposed a vote of thanks.