Hiremath wants discussion on land-grab

Samaj Parivartan Samudaya and National Committee for Protection of Natural Resources (NCPNR) have appealed to MLAs and MLCs to initiate a meaningful discussion on the issue of land-grab, in the winter session of the legislature.

Founder-president of the SPS and the NCPNR S.R. Hiremath told presspersons here on Saturday that the reports on encroachment of government land submitted by A.T. Ramaswamy and V. Balasubramanian should be discussed during the session and steps taken to implement the their recommendations in letter and spirit.

Letter to Chief Minister

He said the NCPNR along with the Jan Sangram Parishat had written to the Chief Minister on November 6, urging him to bring the alleged irregularities in Mysore Minerals Ltd. (MML) within the ambit of the CBI probe. The role of politicians such as D.K. Shivakumar and high-ranking officials of MML in the alleged irregularities and domestic consumption of illegally extracted ore by steel companies should also be probed.

The Chief Minister has also been urged to initiate action against powerful persons and entities as recommended by the Lokayukta report.

“The session should take up these issues on priority and ensure that effective measures were taken against those involved,” he said.

Mr. Hiremath said the role of the Railways in transporting illegally extracted ore should also be looked intoHe said that the NCPNR study team had found that forests had been destroyed in Chikmagalur district and teak and other valuable trees had been illegally felled. He alleged that Manu H.M. and C.A. Santosh Shetty, who reportedly had the support of Sringeri MLA D.N. Jeevaraj and the former Chief Minister D.V. Sadananda Gowda, were involved in it.

This issue should also be discussed during the legislature session, he said.

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