ಭವಿಷ್ಯವನ್ನು ಕಟ್ಟುವಲ್ಲಿ ಮಹತ್ವದ ಪಾತ್ರ ವಹಿಸಿದ, ವಹಿಸುತ್ತಿರುವ ಈ ಎಲ್ಲಾ ಶಿಕ್ಷಕರಿಗೆ ಹೃದಯಪೂರ್ವಕ ಅಭಿನಂದನೆಗಳು.
Recently, Chief Minister Siddaramaiah said that Krishi Bhagya is the best among the several ‘bhagya schemes’ launched by the government. We wanted to find out why.
Krishi Bhagya enables sustainable and smart rain fed farming, preventing crop loss to farmers. As part of Krishi Bhagya, the government has made farm ponds with polythene lining (to prevent percolation), installed pumps and sprinkler irrigation system (for efficient water utilization). This intervention helps farmers to harvest surplus rain water and irrigate crops with stored water efficiently.
- The scheme has benefited around 1 lakh farmers already and it aims to spread out to around 40 lakh farmers in the state
- The scheme has the powerful tagline of “Swavalambi, Swabhimani and Samavesha” implying self-respect, self-dependence and well-organized
- The scheme uses the unique method of water management of storing rain-water using plastic sheets and then pumping it to farms using drip irrigation
- One pond built as part of the scheme has the capacity to cater to 3-8 acres
- The “Bhoochethana” is a unique effort of the scheme which helps spread awareness about soil health
As it turns out, if farmers take proper advantage of this program they can save their crops or enhance yield by about 30%. Unlike most schemes which focus on increased productivity or high yield crops, the focus of Krishi Bhagya is, to promote sustainable agriculture. This is certainly the next chapter of green revolution in the country!
Tamil Nadu has demanded the release of more water from the Cauvery in the Supreme Court, seeing as how Karnataka is facing paucity of drinking water, the state government has rejected this demand. We support government’s decision to preserve Cauvery water for fulfilling the drinking water needs of the state.
1. Even though the state is not averse to sharing its river water, Karnataka has been facing a drinking water crisis of its own.
2. Everyone will agree, that in the list of priorities, drinking comes before irrigation. Karnataka’s drinking water problem has to be held more urgent, than Tamil Nadu’s irrigation requirements
3. Surely Karnataka cares about Tamil Nadu’s irrigation needs, but with its own reservoirs empty, inadequate rains and lack of drinking water, the state has to preserve its river water
New hopes and new dreams will ride along, when the government will distribute brand new bicycles to school kids in Karnataka. The Karnataka state government has issued orders for procurement of bicycles to be distributed freely to 5.7 lakh class eight students of government and aided schools across Karnataka.
School kids in Karnataka can now ride to their schools. This is most beneficial for the girl child since increased mobility also increases their access to education. The wheels of fortune for school children in Karnataka are spinning hard, and spinning fast!
What is collaborative growth? When businessmen and women rise up to become leaders, visionaries and ambassadors for growth. This is precisely what the Vision Group meeting of industry leaders and Karnataka government cabinet ministers on the 20th August, 2016 at the Vidhana Soudha flagged off.
Minister for Light and Medium Industries and Infrastructure Development, RV Deshpande began the Vision group meeting, with a much needed inventive approach, exhorting industry leaders to emerge as the ambassadors of growth in Karnataka.
For ages, there has been a social binary of the government and the industry, and the conventional belief is the two may come together on occasions, but “never the twain shall meet”. However RV Deshpande signaled a new vision for future action, where the industry can work with a broader vision, together.
637 new low-floor buses have been flagged off in Karnataka. The Chief Minister Siddaramaiah has said, that this move is part of the state’s obligation to provide connectivity to all parts of the State. “Our goal is to connect every town, profit or no profit, so we run buses even to places where there is little profit.
The vision is to provide cheap transport with high-tech facilities, to all parts of Karnataka. The low-floor buses, will operate in 13 towns and cities across Karnataka, equipped with rear-view cameras, security network systems, and ramps for persons with disabilities. The buses will also have a panic button for the driver to contact the control room in case of any emergency.
With these high-tech low floor buses, the Karnataka government has surely hit a new high!
It is the best time for Basketball lovers in Karnataka. The Karnataka State Basketball Association (KSBBA) has announced the inaugural Karnataka Basketball League from August to September. KSBBA Honorary Secretary K Govindaraj said, “This league is for the benefit of mofussil players. We want to take the sport to mofussil areas and encourage talent.”
The focus seems to be, to empower the youth in the remotest corners of Karnataka, one basket at a time. Basketball, requires skill and stamina in equal measure, skills which engender a healthier youth. Especially in the rural areas of the state.
Eight teams from in and around Hassan, Vijayapura and Nanjangud have been chosen to be divided into two groups of four teams each. Even though the dates for the final match have not been declared, fans will be waiting with bated breath for the matches.
With all the talk about India’s performance at the Rio Olympics and our lack of a sports culture, such regional institutionalized initiatives are commendable. As Namma Karnataka leads the way once again, here is more power to the organizers and participants. May the best team win!