The Adivasi Gothra Maha Sabha (AGMS) has urged the Union Ministry of Environment and Forest to execute the recommendations of the Madhav Gadgil panel report on Western Ghats.
Addressing a press meet here on Monday C.K .Janu, chairperson and M. Geethanandan, convener, Bhoo Parishkarana Samiti, said that the recommendations of the panel should be executed to conserve the remaining flora and fauna of the Western Ghats.
The stance of the LDF as well as the UDF in this regard was only to support the granite quarry and sand-mining lobbies and such a move would make the State a barren land in the near future, they alleged.
While the world had been facing the threat of the global warming, the recommendations of the Gadgil panel, such as banning sand-mining and granite quarrying and promoting organic farming in ecologically sensitive areas (ESA), had high significance from the environment conservation point of view, Ms. Janu said. The political parties had to adopt a positive approach to the recommendations but, they were trying to sabotage even the Kasturi Ragan committee recommendations by observing hartals and agitations for the favour of the mining lobbies, she alleged. She also urged the government to declare the Wayanad Parliament constituency as a reserved constituency for tribals. The organisation would approach the Centre, Election Commission and Constituency Delimitation Committee, they said.
Ms. Janu said her organisation would intensify agitations urging the government to shift the headquarters of the Kerala Veterinary and Animal Sciences University from a land assigned for a resettlement project for the tribal people at Pookode in the district.
As a part of it the organisation would stage a fast in front of the secretariat in Thiruvananthapuram on December, 10.