The first phase of the house listing for census 2011 began from Kolar district Superintendent of Police Dr K Tyagarajan

P M Raghunandan, Bangalore, Apr 14, DHNS:

Rise in prices of essential commodities may have scourged the middle class most, but they are not ready to consume the PDS (public distribution system) rice (also called ration akki) available at lesser price despite it being good quality.

District in-charge minister Dr Mumtaz Ali Khan has suggested farmers in the parched district to adopt scientific methods in agriculture.

The struggle for a permanent irrigation project to Kolar and Chikkaballapur districts gained momentum with the launching of two campaigns on Monday.

Matter of water : Irrigation expert Dr Paramashivaiah launching postcard campaign in Kolar. DH PhotoAs many as 20,000 postcards addressed to Chief Minister B S Yeddyurappa seeking permanent irrigation project in Kolar.

The District administration has been empowered to curb illegal sand mining and transportation in Chikkaballapur ,'District In-charge Minister Dr Mumtaz Ali Khan has said.

Legislator K P Bachegowda has urged one person in every family to take part in the struggle for permanent irrigation facility in the district.

Participating in the Janaspandana programme in Dibbur village in the taluk, he said:

The State government was avoiding its responsibility to provide permanent irrigation facility to the districts comprising dry land regions, observed MLA K P Bachegowda.

MLA K P Bachegowda inaugurating a programme organised to mark the creation of

The people of Chikkaballapur and Kolar districts are reeling under the scarcity of water. Without irrigation facility, the farmers of both the districts are facing a lot of hardships, said Chikkaballapur district BJP President N M Ravinarayana Reddy.

Speaking to mediapersons here on Wednesday, the BJP leader said both the districts are facing acute drinking water shortage.

Sheep are the gift to dryland farmers by nature which can yield returns within 1.5 years of investment, says Veerakempanna. Veerakempanna of Anoor village in Chikkabalapur district, like any other dryland farmer in Karnataka, unable to meet the ends with dryland farming alone, was
supplementing his income by rearing some local breeds of sheep.

The work on raising the height of Jakkalamadagu reservoir to facilitate water supply to Chikkaballapur and Doddaballapur, is progressing at a fast pace.

Work on supplying water from Jakkalamadagu reservoir to Chikaballapur and Doddaballapur is proceeding at a fast pace. The height of the reservoir is being augment storage capacity. DH photo