Forest, mineral wealth looted: CM

Yeddyurappa tells officials that he cannot explain everything to them

 
The CM said, “Some people are exploiting forest and mineral wealth. They have assumed that the forest wealth is meant only for them. This should not have happened. We are in a helpless situation to control this”.

Elected representatives have forgotten the fact that people are their bosses. They have no time to hear the grievances of the people. They also have no concern for the poor who are suffering, he said giving an indirect taunt to the Reddy brothers of Bellary. 

The CM further said that forest is being robbed in Karnataka which is known as Gandhada Naadu (a land of sandalwood). A strange sitaution has been created that it is not possible to put an end to it. People are slowly losing confidence in democracy, he said.

Yeddyurappa did not stop at that. Addressing a host of top forest department officials, he said, “Officials have to understand my situation. I am not in a position to explain everything. Understand my sitaution and function. Forest wealth has to be guarded. Otherwise, there is no meaning observing forest martyrs’ day”.

The CM, pouring out his grievances, said that he is digusted by all the develpments. “I am really deeply hurt to say all these. It has become a agnipareekshe (test of fire) to run the administration as chief minister. Still I have the confidence of managing. I had the darshan of Vaishnodevi while in Delhi to over come the hurdles”, he said emotively.
People in North Karnataka are shattered by the floods. Many do not even have gruel. Farmers are crying for the crop loss they have suffered. Unfortunately these people’s sufferings are not understood by some people, he complained.

“In my last 18 months’ tenure I might have pulled up some officials. We will forget that and work for development of society. Officials should not lose courage. Let us protect forest treasure. I will come back here and address your problems”, he assured the forest department officials.

He said that he will change his style of administration. He would sincerely strive to retain people’s faith in him and would face any hurdles that may arise.

He said that people and organisations have liberally donated for the flood relief programmes. The money would be utilised efficiently. Soon he would be visiting the flood-hit areas, he added.

Before winding up he repeated, “I am really hurt. Still I made it here as my absence would have sent a wrong message”.

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