Making ‘Karnataka hunger-free’ and preventing migration of farmers are the objectives of the Anna Bhagya scheme, Chief Minister Siddaramaiah has said.
He was speaking at the inauguration of the renovated Sri Beereshwara Channakeshava (Varakodappa) temple at Kodi Koppalu village in the district on Monday. Addressing a huge gathering, he said Anna Bhagya has been one of the most successful schemes that prevented agriculture labourers from migrating to towns seeking jobs.
The State was reeling under severe drought for the last three years, and the farming community was severely affected. The State government’s welfare schemes such as Anna Bhagya had helped people tackle droughts.
Mr. Siddaramaiah was highly praised by former Minister M.H. Ambareesh and suspended JD(S) MLA N. Cheluvaraya Swamy for implementing a series of welfare schemes to uplift the deprived community.
Meanwhile, pickpockets stole a wallet containing Rs. 10,000 from a party worker at the venue. Some BJP and Dalit Sangarsh Samiti workers were taken into preventive custody by the police ahead of Mr. Siddaramaiah’s visit to the district.
Recently, a group of BJP workers attempted to stage a protest against Mr. Siddaramaiah at Malavalli. Subsequently, the Superintendent of Police was taken to task by the Chief Minister.