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Speaking to presspersons here on Saturday, N. Venkatachalaiah, joint secretary of the sangha, said the conference was being held to chalk out a course of action to prevent farmers from taking the extreme step. Farmers, agricultural labourers, and leaders from farmers' organisations will take part in the conference.
Leaders from political parties, including the Janata Dal (S), the All-India Progressive Janata Dal, the CPI, and the CPI(M) have been invited to the conference.
Following the implementation of the policies dictated by the World Bank, the Indian Monetary Fund, and the World Trade Organisation, farmers in the State were committing suicide, he said.
The KPRS would boycott the meeting called by the Government to find a solution to the problem of farmers' suicide.
Our Mangalore Staff Correspondent writes:
The president of the KPRS, Maruthi Manpade, told presspersons here today that the sangha had decided not to invite representatives of the BJP and the Congress to the meeting.
He charged that the policies of the State and the Union governments were responsible for the farmers' suicide. The BJP and the Congress were implementing the reforms dictated by World Bank, leading to suicide of farmers.
He said the meeting would take a comprehensive look at the GATT agreement of 1994, conditions laid down by WTO, process of liberalisation, globalisation, and privatisation.
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