806 farmer suicides in State in 2008-11

Among the districts, Hassan has reported the highest number of suicides at 101, according to a written reply by Agriculture Minister Umesh Katti to the Legislative Assembly on Monday. Bidar stood second with 88 cases.

However, there seems to be a decrease in the number of the farmers’ suicide cases in the last two years. Compared to 337 suicides in 2008-09, there were 290 suicides in 2009-10. In 2010-11, 179 cases have been reported so far.

Backtracking donors

Of the 56 donors who had come forward to construct houses for the flood affected in North Karnataka under ‘Aasare’ project, as many as 15 have backtracked, Revenue Minister Janardhana Reddy stated in a written reply to the Assembly.

The government had so far constructed 17,194 houses under the project, spending Rs 349 crore.

Donors who have backtracked are: Wipro-Township, Katta Foundation, Bharatiya Seva Dal, Century Group, Chandrashekara Swamiji, Cleaner Jain Corporation, Sri Vikranth, Can Holdings Group, Dalmiya Cements, Kammavari Sangha, L&T-Township, Metro-Township, Mysore Minerals, MRPL, BEML and Seva.

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