Kundapur, January 7: A delegation was formed by the government two months ago under the leadership of the district Forest officer, to liberalize the deemed forest rules and distribute lands to the farmers coming under its jurisdiction. But the Committee has done injustice which has failed to move the file of at least a single farmer till date. The state government is in an inactive state, and through the Kasturirangan report, Dream Forest declaration is unnecessarily creating hindrance to farmers said, Deepak Kumar Shetty, vice- president of Raitha Morcha.
A continuous protest was staged by the Farmers Association, in front of Special Tahsildar’s office in Byndoor, opposing the government’s move to include the residential area to the deemed forest area.
Deepak Kumar who addressed the protestors said, the people residing at the foothills of the Western Ghats are deprived of basic facilities due to the deemed forests, as well as the farmers lands are not converted due to Akrama Sakrama. Although appeals were made many times to requesting to provide justice to the farmers, the government is lagging behind to fix the problem, he said.
Over 500 farmers wrapping green shawls marched in a procession through the main streets of Kundapur, rising slogans against the government and protested in front of special Tahsildar’s office.
They warned that that they would not move from the place until the sub- forest officers and Tahsildar arrives at the venue to receive the memorandum and if the authorities fail to arrive at the venue, they would lock the Forest office and stage continuous protest throughout day and night.
BJP district unit secretary Gururaj Shetty, Secretary B S Suresh Shetty, ZP member K Babu Shetty, B M Sukumar Shetty- BJP secretary of constituency, secretary Sadashiva Paduvari Anand Kharvi President- , backward class morcha, Venkata Poojary- former panchayat vice president, Byndoor, Shankar Devadiga- panchayat member, Yedtare, leader K Somasekhara Shetty, M R Shetty, Balakrishna and others were present during the protest.