To launch a mega State-level campaign demanding severe punishment to violators of report.

The Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) and affiliated Sangh Parivar organisations have decided to launch a mega campaign at the State level demanding strict implementation of the K. Kasturirangan committee report on the Western Ghats and severe punishment to violators.

“Vote bank politics and appeasement are driving a large number of politicians to resist the implementation of the report. We will not remain a silent spectator and try our best to make people aware of the importance of implementing the report,’’ said RSS sah prachar pramukh J. Nandakumar.

Mr. Nandakumar alleged that poor farmers were acting as per wrong information provided by certain groups.

“It is a matter of survival of the people strongly affiliated to the Western Ghats. Leaders who oppose the report are just trumpeting the views of those who are engaged in illegal mining and quarrying,” he said. The RSS national executive council meeting, held in Kochi, had condemned the Centre for rejecting the Madhav Gadgil report.

“It’s unfortunate that instead of placing the recommendations of Gadgil before the people and allowing a national debate, the government chose to dump it completely. Both Gadgil and Kasthurirangan are scientists of eminence and it was our duty to rally behind them and their recommendations,” said Mr. Nandakumar. “Even farming would be benefitted by the reports,” he added. He said scientists under the Swadeshi Science Movement would take part in the awareness programmes and interact with farmers.

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