More than 50 have died in accidents involving ore-laden lorries: Deshpande
‘Officials who seized iron ore facing transfer threat'
‘Five Deputy Commissioners transferred'
Karwar: The State Government has failed to regulate the transportation of iron ore from Bellary district to Belekeri and Karwar ports, alleged R.V. Deshpande, Karnataka Pradesh Congress Committee president.
Addressing presspersons in Kumta on Wednesday, he said that more than 50 persons have died in accidents involving ore-laden lorries in Uttara Kannada district this year.
He alleged that the forest officials who seized illegal iron ore worth Rs. 150 crore deposited in Belekeri and Karwar ports are facing the threat of transfer from the politicians of the ruling party.
During the last one year, the district has seen the transfer of five Deputy Commissioners.
Now, an in-charge Deputy Commissioner is heading the administration, Mr. Deshpande said.
He said the Government's only agenda seemed to be looting the State's resources.
Alleging that the law and order situation in the State had deteriorated, Mr. Deshpande said that Chief minister B.S. Yeddyurappa was trying to undo the concept of local government (gram panchayat) by giving a call for unopposed election to gram panchayats in lieu of government grants for development.
Small and medium industries are closing down because of power shutdowns. The drinking water shortage has shaken the people, he said.
Mr. Deshpande alleged that that most of the Ministers have criminal records. It is ironical that a Minister who was supposed to protect women had tried to molest a woman, he alleged.
He said that the BJP was backing the iron ore lobby which was looting natural resources of the country just because some Ministers who are mine owners are funding the party in Karnataka.
He said that women were not safe in the State. Condemning the attitude of the leaders of State BJP, Mr. Deshpande alleged that the State BJP president K.S. Eshwarappa and Mr. Yeddyurappa are supporting former Minister Hartalu Halappa who has been accused in a rape case.
Zilla panchayat president L.V. Shanbhag was present at the press meet.