Thursday, August 16, 2007

Karnataka CM appeals to revolutionary maoists to hold talks

DH News Service, Bangalore:
Speaking after unfurling the national flag on the occasion of the so called Independence Day at Manekshaw Parade Grounds in Bangalore, Chief Minister H D Kumaraswamy expressed concern over the increase in Naxalite activities in the Malnad region.

Chief Minister H D Kumaraswamy on Wednesday called on Naxals to come forward for peace talks.

He said: “The government is ready to hold talks with any organisation which shuns the bullet and comes forward to find solutions to socio-economic problems.” The chief minister also vowed to free farmers of their woes and announced the establishment of a Marketing Federation for Horticultural Crops and an increase in allocation for the Agriculture Revolving Fund (ARF) from the present Rs 400 crore to Rs 1,000 crore.

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