Tough Laws on Sand Mining Affecting Poor Workers – Yogish Shetty Jeppu

Mangaluru: Tulunada Rakshana Vedike (TRV) held a protest to draw the attention of the government towards the problems faced by the general public owing to the stalemate in sand mining in the city in front of the Deputy Commissioner’s Office here, on March 21.

Speaking on the occasion, Founding President of TRV, Yogish Shetty Jeppu said, “We are proud that the peace loving region of Tulunadu is rich in natural resources. The sand found here is very essential to build strong structures and a lot of construction workers need this natural resource to earn their living.”

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He further said, “Many of those workers are unemployed and locals cannot purchase sand due to the tough laws imposed by the government on sand mining. Though there is a ban on sand mining in Dakshina Kannada district, the neighbouring districts and states are actively procuring sand which is mined illegally over here.” The people of the district are being cheated and higher officials are turning a blind eye towards this issue.

“Due to the new laws on sand mining imposed by the government, it is difficult for the poor people to build new houses, whereas the rich are enjoying the monopoly. This is injustice, the invisible hands behind it are aiming the poor to fill their pockets. This has caused a lot of inconvenience to the poor,” he said.

A memorandum was handed over to the Deputy Commissioner in this regard. Chief Secretary of TRV, Prashanth Rao Kadaba, District President, Hamid Hasan Maadooru, TRV Women Cell President, Jyothika Jain, State Youth Cell Chief Secretary, M Siraj Adkare and others were also present.

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