A delegation comprising leaders of CPI (ML-New Democracy) and its frontal organisations submitted a memorandum to district Collector Siddharth Jain here on Wednesday urging for the intervention of the latter to halt the alleged illegal mining of barytes in Garla mandal.
The team headed by CPI (ML-New Democracy) district secretary P Ranga Rao met the Collector at his chambers here and apprised him of the grievances faced by the farmers and tribals in the district.
In the memorandum, the leaders alleged that the precious mineral wealth was being looted by unscrupulous elements by manipulating the records under the cover of some benami tribal societies in Sheripuram and Pocharam gram panchayat limits in Garla mandal.
They sought cancellation of all private mining leases and judicious exploration of minerals by the government agencies like NMDC.
They further urged the district administration to grant land rights to the tribals as per the Forest Rights Act and other constitutional provisions.
Expressing serious concern over the problems faced by the farmers in disposing of their paddy, the leaders sought expeditious procurement of paddy at minimum support price from the farmers by the government agencies.
Former MLA Gummadi Narsaiah was among those who met the Collector on the occasion.