Staff Correspondent

HUBLI: The National Committee for Protection of Natural Resources (NCPNR) and other organisations have decided to hold a meeting on December 8 in Bellary to chalk out an action plan for intensifying the people’s campaign against illegal mining.

Addressing presspersons here on Wednesday, NCPNR founder-president S.R. Hiremath, former convenor of Gram Ganarajya Vedike Jyoti Veeranna and Jan Vikas Andolan’s A.S. Salanki said that in the wake of the ruling of the Central Empowerment Committee of the Supreme Court against illegal mining in Andhra Pradesh, the organisations had decided to intensify the agitation.

Mr. Hiremath said that recently NCPNR held a meeting at Sevagram in Wardha district of Maharashtra where it was decided to intensify the agitation to bring pressure to bear on the Union Government and the respective State Governments to take steps to check the menace of illegal mining.

As part of its “Azadi Se Swaraj” campaign, NCPNR had submitted several memoranda to the Union Government and various departments and would once again urge the Ministry of Environment and Forests to take up survey of the inter-State border between Andhra Pradesh and Karnataka, which would help in assessing the extent of encroachments on forestland and violation of rules. Mr. Hiremath said he would also appeal to the people of Karnataka to bring pressure on the State Government to take action against illegal mining and also against the Reddy brothers against whom there were allegations of illegal mining.