Mangaluru: Youth JD(S) organized a protest regarding the prolonged ban on sand mining in the district at the Nehru Maidan here, on March 28.
President, Akshith Suvarna said, “We had earlier demanded to revoke of ban on sand mining, but our demands are not yet met. We are therefore intensifying our protests for the sake of the poor working class.” He said that the rich were not facing any hurdles as they were ready to shell out Rs 10,000 to Rs 15,000 to purchase sand, but it was the poor and the middle class who suffer.
He said that the administration was showing lethargic behavior by not floating tenders at the earliest. “The workers protesting along with us are hungry and are eagerly awaiting work. If the district administration is unable to address their woes then the leaders should resign with immediate effect,” Suvarna said.
District President of JD(S), Mohammed Kunhi said, “This is a large scale corruption that has followed since the time of Janardhan Reddy. The ruling parties are only playing the blame game, where the current District Minister In-Charge, Ramanath Rai is blaming former District Minister In-Charge, Krishna Palemar. When the power is in the hands of the Congress Party, they should act immediately and work towards providing swift relief to the poor working class.”
The protesters marched till the Deputy Commissioner’s office and submitted a memorandum to him in this regard. Vasanth Poojary, Shrinath Rai, Wahid Khan, Rathnakar Suvarna, Muneer Mukhacheri and others were also present.