Tribals will not be evicted from sacred groves: Minister

Tribals will not be evicted from sacred groves: Minister

Hobli-level janasamparka meeting likely to be extended to State

Hundreds of people thronged to the Janasamparka meeting held at Kutta Kodava Samaja on Saturday, seeking solution for their various problems.

The people found solution to the problems related to delay in distribution of ration cards, Sandhya suraksha yojana, pension for senior citizens, honorarium for widow and so on.  
Speaking after inaugurating, District-in-Charge Minister M P Appachu Ranjan said that the government wants to reach out the programmes to the beneficiaries.

The Minister said that ‘sacred groves will be conserved. There was a need to provide basic facilities. In the name of conserving sacred groves, tribals will not be evicted.”
Deputy Chief Minister K S Eshwarappa is planning to extend the model hobli-level janasamparka meeting to the entire state.

“Janasamparka is nothing but taking the government to the people,” he said.
Assembly Speaker K G Bopaiah flayed the forest department officials for preventing the forest dwellers of Devamacchi forest from offering pooja in the temples.

The Forest Rights Act provides an opportunity for the forest dwellers to lead a comfortable life. Pseudo environmentalists are responsible for fire in Nagarahole reserve forest.

By propagating false rumours, they are engaged in getting funds from foreign countries. “Forest is house for the forest dwellers. They will not engage in setting fire on the forest. The forest has been conserved by the dwellers and not by the pseudo environmentalists.”

Various schemes were distributed among 3,440 beneficiaries on the occasion. This includes Sandhya Suraksha scheme, pension for widow and physically challenged, natural calamity relief fund, Bhagyalakshmi bond, fodder kit, ration cards, nutrition food for the tribals, financial assistance for the students, housing schemes and so on.

Cheques were distributed to 1,796 families under natural calamity relief fund.
Zilla Panchayat Vice-President H M Kaveri, Additional DC Dr N Shivashankar, SP Manjunath Annigeri, ZP CEO K B Anjanappa and others were present.

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