‘Villages have become old age homes due to drought’

People are even selling their gold ornaments and cattle to survive.

Published: 23rd November 2016 03:50 AM  |   Last Updated: 23rd November 2016 03:50 AM   |  A+A-

By Express News Service

BELAGAVI: Opposition parties expressed apprehension over the increase in migration of rural folk to urban pockets and cities in search of jobs leaving behind their aged parents and children.

Opposition leader Jagadish Shettar said the government has totally failed to handle the drought situation. Neither water nor fodder is available in any village. People are even selling their gold ornaments and cattle to survive, he added.

Shettar said the National Rural Employment Guarantee scheme has failed as the wages are less than what people can earn in Bengaluru or in other cities.  Former minister Govind Karjol said   no drought relief works were taken up in any part of the state.  JD(S) member Shivalinge Gowda asked the government to take measures to supply water and open fodder banks to check migration.


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