Trust seeks implementation of ISEC report on beedi workers

Staff Correspondent

MANGALORE: The Nagarika Seva Trust has urged Chief Minister N. Dharam Singh to implement the recommendations of the Institute of Social and Economic Change (ISEC), Bangalore, for the development of beedi workers.

The trust has said that there are four-lakh beedi workers of whom many are Dalit and Muslim women. They are without adequate work now.

Making this plea in a letter to Mr. Dharam Singh, the trust has said that though the institute has submitted its recommendations, the Minister for Labour has not followed them up properly. The trust has urged Mr. Dharam Singh to give those recommendations to the authorities concerned to hold discussions on them and adopt resolutions that can be implemented in a time-bound manner.

Though the Government has sanctioned Rs. 5 crores for development works in the naxal-affected areas, the Wild Life section of the Department of Forests is not allowing authorities to construct roads in the forest areas.

Moreover, the tribal people in the forest live under the fear of being evicted by the authorities from their settlements despite official assurances.

The Government should take steps to amend the Wild Life, Environment and Forest Acts, respectively, and give them their right of livelihood and peaceful existence.

Noting that the activities of naxalites are on the rise in the Malnad area, the trust has urged the Chief Minister to take steps to control them at the earliest.

The trust has appealed to the Chief Minister to undertake a carrying capacity study of Dakshina Kannada and Udupi districts in view of the mega projects planned for the two districts.

Noting that coal-based power projects are not suitable for ecologically fragile coastal districts, the trust has urged Mr. Dharam Singh to consider setting up of gas-based power projects.

The trust has appealed to the Chief Minister to direct the authorities to give protection to the people protesting democratically against the thermal power project of Nagarjuna Power Corporation Ltd. near Padubidri in Udupi district.

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