KARNATAKA

Women stage ‘Bellary Chalo’

Staff Correspondent



Regret over ‘loot of forest wealth’ of State

Protesters seek end to illegal mining



BELLARY: Participating in a ‘Bellary Chalo’ programme, activists of environmental groups, majority of whom were women from different parts of north Karnataka, staged a dharna in front of the Deputy Commissioner’s office here on Monday to pressure the State Government into initiating steps to curb illegal mining.

The agitation was part of the ‘Azadi se Swaraj’ campaign undertaken by the Dharwad-based National Committee for Protection of Natural Resources (NCPNR) to create awareness among the public about illegal mining taking place in Bellary district. A cycle jatha, undertaken in support of their demand, also joined the group.

The activists came out in a procession with placards in hand, singing songs on the need to protect the environment. For over an hour, they formed a ‘vigil line’ before submitting a memorandum to the district authorities.

The memorandum, while explaining about the need to protect forest wealth, also drew the attention of the Prime Minister to the State Government’s inability to curb the loot of forest wealth. The committee also pointed out that it was most disappointed over the State Government for not taking any measures to alleviate the suffering of the people. They also expressed regret over corrupt officials being reinstated in Bellary allegedly at the best of the three Ministers from the district. S.R. Hiremath of the NCPNR was present.

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