'People being misled about Kasturirangan report'

There are a lot of misconceptions about Kasturirangan report. While the government is not explaining the pros and cons of the report to villagers and tribals, there are many miscreants who are misguiding people about the report, said Ananth Hegde Ashisara, president of Vriksha Laksha Andolana Karnataka.

Speaking to mediapersons here on Tuesday, he said as per the report, 1,575 villages would be declared as eco- sensitive villages. But for this, people’s nod is required. Thus, the Centre had asked the State to get the opinions of village dwellers. For which the State government formed a committee with forest officials and district-level officials.

These officials are holding meetings in all district centres concerned, but haven’t succeeded in their purpose. However, miscreants are spreading rumours among the locals that they will have to vacate their village and would not be allowed entry into their village once again. People are being instigated against the Kasturiranagan report, he added.

“Thus, we are giving memorandums to all district officials concerned to explain the report to locals along with its advantages and disadvantages and review the whole procedure. We are also pressuring the State government to take a relook into what is being discussed in the meeting and conduct field visits to explain the process,” he added.

According to Ashisara, while the Kasturirangan report prohibits industrial projects, thermal power plants, setting up of major industries and uprooting trees in and around these villages; it will also help villagers get special funds for agriculture, village development and for forest protection.
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